What ETFs Did Investors Buy in 2016?

Eurozone equity ETFs were also at the top of investor’s preferences in the fourth quarter. But for the year as whole, these market exposures registered net outflows

Jose Garcia Zarate 12 January, 2017 | 2:20PM
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The European exchange-traded-fund market attracted €11.5 billion in net new money in the fourth quarter of 2016, bringing the grand total for the year to €47.9 billion. Assets under management increased to €546 billion from €466 billion in 2015.

European Equities Most Popular Asset Class

Equity ETFs saw a turnaround in fortunes in the fourth quarter and closed 2016 with annual net inflows of €13.6 billion and assets under management up to €365 billion from €319 billion in 2015.

The rotation to equities – mostly developed markets – gathered speed after Trump’s victory in the US election. US equity holdings were particularly favoured, with investors taking a broad positive view about the incoming US President’s economic views.

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Jose Garcia Zarate

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

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