Exchange-traded funds gathered record net inflows of $107 billion through the end of May 2013, which is 31% higher than the $82 billion in net flows at this time in 2012, according to data fromETGI.
These inflows have helped to push assets invested globally in ETFs and exchange-traded products to a new all-time high of $2.14 trillion.
Last month, ETFs and ETPs gathered $24.3 billion in net inflows. Equity ETFs and ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $25 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs and ETPs with $3.1 billion, while commodity ETFs and ETPs experienced net outflows with $6.7 billion.
Commodity ETFs and ETPs saw net outflows of $6.7 billion. Precious metals ETFs/ETPs experienced the majority of these outflows with $6.3 billion net outflows, of which $6.0 billion left products tracking gold.
In May, Vanguard, Daiwa and SPDR ETFs received the largest net new assets with $4.5 billion, $4.4 billion and $4.4 billion in net inflows respectively, followed by Wisdom Tree with $3.1 billion net inflows.
Net inflows into ETFs providing exposure to Japan during May elevated Daiwa and Wisdom Tree into the top four firms out of 211 ranked by net inflows according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI.
iShares remains the largest ETF and ETP provider with assets of $820 billion, reflecting 38.4% market share but ranked 5th in terms of net inflows in May with $2.4 billion; SPDRs is the second largest provider with $365 billion and 17.1% market share, followed by Vanguard with $290 billion and 13.6% market share.
PowerShares is fourth placed with $74 billion and 3.5% market share, followed by db x-trackers/db ETCs with $69 billion. The top five ETF and ETP providers, out of 211, account for 76% of global ETF and ETP assets.