Global ETPs finish record year with best monthly flows ever….
Marchioni Ursula – Head of ETP Research EMEA at iShares
Global inflows surged to $61.5bn in December, extending the 2014 record to $330.6bn, with encouraging news on the US economic outlook, a strong dollar and a further drop in the price of oil sparking a late-month equity rally
U.S.-listed ETP flows reached $52.6bn, surpassing $40bn in consecutive months for the first time, as the Fed remained unexpectedly accommodative and the final reading on Q3 GDP growth hit an eleven-year high of 5.0%
Following the Fed announcement, fixed income flows accelerated to finish December at $5.7bn, led by broad-market U.S. funds as well as European and U.S. investment grade corporate debt
Japanese equity gathered $5.6bn, all from Japan-listed funds, as Prime Minister Abe secured support for his economic policies in early elections, sending stocks higher
Pan-European equity flows stabilized further, gathering $2.3bn as the market awaits additional ECB stimulus
EM equity lost momentum with redemptions of ($6.7bn), half from broad-based EM funds, which finished the year with outflows despite investors adding to positions for much of the year