Investors have been less keen on exchange traded funds lately as a result of market volatility in some of the most popular investment areas, with total assets invested in the sector globally decreasing by a record $180.1 billion in February, according to ETFGI.
US equity ETFs
Investor sentiment towards various geographical regions has been driving their investment decisions so far this year, with some of the best performing equity markets failing to gain the support they deserve, while underperforming developed equities have taken in the bulk of the money.
While US-based investors have been fleeing equity ETFs throughout February, especially in their home market, European buyers have remained resilient despite the volatility. However, overall equity ETFs have seen over €4bn of outflows during the month, as a general risk off mood has spread across markets.
Assets under management in ETPs and ETFs globally have surpassed the $5trn mark after a record-breaking month of inflows in January 2018, with equity ETFs seeing particularly strong inflows before the sell-off that cooled some of the heat in the stock market at the end of the month.
European equity ETFs have seen subdued demand in the first month of 2018, having suffered net outflows of nearly €3.5bn, while US equities were the stars of the show, taking in almost €40bn during January.
US investors have started selling their exposures to European equity ETFs as a strengthening dollar is drawing attention to domestic assets, while European counterparts continue to buy into local equities. Elsewhere, US financials are on track for the biggest annual inflows since 2013.