A combination of net inflows and strong markets performance pushed global ETP assets to a new record-high of $2.4T as of the end of November, according to ETFGI. Equity ETPs were where the action was, garnering $18.2B of inflows, while commodity ETPs had the largest reduction - $1.7B in outflows. Year-to-date ETP assets have risen by 21%.
Among providers, iShares (BLK) ranks first on net inflows YTD with $57.3B. Vanguard is 2nd at $55.7B, and 3rd is previously tiny WisdomTree (WETF) becoming far less tiny thanks to $13.6 of inflows (more than $9B is from DXJ alone). Next is PowerShares (IVZ) with $13.3B, and then SSgA (STT) with $11.5B (its GLD has seen major outflows this year).
Active ETFs have garnered a fair amount of press and some interesting ideas, but account for less than 1% of total ETP assets.