Record High ETF Sales in 2015

ETF industry in Europe experienced its best ever year yet in 2015, giving weight to industry predictions that foresee assets under management hitting the €1 trillion mark by 2020

Jose Garcia Zarate 12 January, 2016 | 4:05PM
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The European ETF industry experienced its best ever year yet in 2015, with net inflows at a record high €70.8 billion, greatly surpassing the previous high of €51 billion recorded in 2008.

The combination of record high net inflows plus overall capital appreciation across most asset classes of €19.6 billion has pushed assets under management (AUM) in exchange traded products up by 24% year-on-year to €467.4 billion from €377 billion at the end of 2014.

Together with 2014 – another year of high inflows by historical standards – the data seems to indicate that the European ETF industry has entered a phase of strong growth, thus giving credence to industry predictions that foresee AUM hitting the €1 trillion mark by 2020. This trend is underpinned on the growing awareness by the European investor community of the benefits of low-cost investing.

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Jose Garcia Zarate

Jose Garcia Zarate  is Associate Director of Passive Strategies Research for Morningstar Europe