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ETF Assets and Net Issuance
March 2021

Washington, DC, April 29, 2021—The combined assets of the nation’s exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were $5.91 trillion in March, according to ICI. The Institute’s monthly statistical collection also includes the value of shares issued and redeemed by exchange-traded funds.

Statistics contained in the Institute’s monthly ETF report have been obtained from information provided to ICI by exchange-traded funds and commodity funds. Commodity funds are listed in the Domestic (Sector/Industry) category.

Assets of Exchange-Traded Funds by Type
Billions of dollars

 

March 2021

February 2021

March 2020

Total Domestic Equity

3,543.8

3,371.6

2,035.7

 

Domestic (Broad-Based)

2,945.2

2,801.1

1,721.1

 

Domestic (Sector/Industry)

598.6

570.6

314.6

Global/International Equity

1,130.3

1,107.7

664.2

Hybrid

34.4

33.0

25.2

Bond

1,068.4

1,066.1

820.6

Commodities

132.8

142.3

94.0

All

5,909.8

5,720.7

3,639.7

Note: Components may not add to the total due to rounding.

Value of Shares Issued and Redeemed by All Exchange-Traded Funds
Billions of dollars

 

March 2021

February 2021

      YTD 2021

          YTD 2020

Gross Issuance

415.7

288.3

996.8

892.8

Gross Redemptions

326.1

192.7

748.9

820.4

Net Issuance

89.7

95.5

247.9

72.5

Note: Components may not add to the total due to rounding.

Number of Exchange-Traded Funds by Type

 

March 2021

February 2021

March 2020

Total Domestic Equity

1,075

1,066

929

 

Domestic (Broad-Based)

723

717

588

 

Domestic (Sector/Industry)

352

349

341

Global/International Equity

644

640

647

Hybrid

44

42

38

Bond

426

418

379

Commodities

83

82

88

All             

2,272

2,249

2,081

Highlights: Assets of all exchange-traded funds rose in March by $189.12 billion, or 3.3 percent, to $5.91 trillion. Over the past 12 months, ETF assets increased $2.27 trillion, or 62.4 percent. Assets in domestic equity ETFs increased $1.51 trillion since March 2020, and global equity ETF assets rose $466.10 billion during this period. At the end of March 2021, assets of bond funds were $1.07 trillion and hybrid funds were $34.36 billion and commodity funds were $132.82 billion.

During March, the value of all ETF shares issued exceeded that of shares redeemed by $89.67 billion. In March 2020, the value of all ETF shares issued exceeded that of shares redeemed by $7.67 billion.

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