Release: Exchange-Traded Fund Data

ETF Assets and Net Issuance
April 2021

Washington, DC, May 27, 2021—The combined assets of the nation’s exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were $6.20 trillion in April, 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
  April 2021 March 2021 April 2020
Total Domestic Equity 3,743.0 3,543.8 2,322.4
     Domestic (Broad-Based) 3,109.7 2,945.2 1,948.5
     Domestic (Sector/Industry) 633.2 598.6 373.9
Global/International Equity 1,177.8 1,130.3 711.9
Hybrid 35.8 34.4 27.4
Bond 1,101.8 1,068.4 856.1
Commodities 137.7 132.8 108.6
All 6,196.1 5,909.8 4,026.4

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
  April 2021 March 2021 YTD 2021 YTD 2020
Gross Issuance 299.3 415.7 1,296.2 1,163.5
Gross Redemptions 219.7 326.1 968.6 1,044.3
Net Issuance 79.6 89.7 327.6 119.2

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

Number of Exchange-Traded Funds by Type
  April 2021 March 2021 April 2020
Total Domestic Equity 1,093 1,075 928
     Domestic (Broad-Based) 739 723 594
     Domestic (Sector/Industry) 354 352 334
Global/International Equity 651 644 651
Hybrid 45 44 38
Bond 429 426 383
Commodities 83 83 86
All 2,301 2,272 2,086

Highlights: Assets of all exchange-traded funds rose in April by $286.36 billion, or 4.8 percent, to $6.20 trillion. Over the past 12 months, ETF assets increased $2.17 trillion, or 53.9 percent. Assets in domestic equity ETFs increased $1.42 trillion since April 2020, and global equity ETF assets rose $465.92 billion during this period. At the end of April 2021, assets of bond funds were $1.10 trillion and hybrid funds were $35.81 billion and commodity funds were $137.74 billion.

During April, the value of all ETF shares issued exceeded that of shares redeemed by $79.63 billion. In April 2020, the value of all ETF shares issued exceeded that of shares redeemed by $46.71 billion.

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