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Release: Exchange-Traded Fund Data

ETF Assets and Net Issuance
September 2021

Washington, DC, October 28, 2021—The combined assets of the nation’s exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were $6.58 trillion in September, 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
  September 2021 August 2021 September 2020  
Total Domestic Equity 3,992.8 4,157.7 2,709.3  

Domestic (Broad-Based)

3,332.0 3,469.2 2,277.7  

Domestic (Sector/Industry)

660.8 688.5 431.6  
Global/International Equity 1,222.6 1,256.8 837.9  
Hybrid 39.9 40.1 30.4  
Bond 1,187.9 1,184.5 995.7  
Commodities 137.5 141.9 151.9  
All 6,580.6 6,781.0 4,725.2  

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
  September 2021 August 2021 YTD 2021 YTD 2020  
Gross Issuance 306.6 238.8 2,733.6 2,295.0  
Gross Redemptions 247.7 170.7 2,057.4 1,976.7  
Net Issuance 58.9 68.1 676.2 318.3  

Note: Issuance was partially driven by $8.104 billion in mutual funds that converted to exchange traded funds during September 2021.

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

Number of Exchange-Traded Funds by Type
  September 2021 August 2021 September 2020
Total Domestic Equity 1,200 1,181 986

Domestic (Broad-Based)

808 803 648

Domestic (Sector/Industry)

392 378 338
Global/International Equity 675 663 630
Hybrid 49 49 39
Bond 465 444 398
Commodities 84 83 83
All 2,473 2,420 2,136

Highlights: Assets of all exchange-traded funds fell in September by $200.46 billion, or 3.0 percent, to $6.58trillion. Over the past 12 months, ETF assets increased $1.86 trillion, or 39.3 percent. Assets in domestic equity ETFs increased $1.28 trillion since September 2020, and global equity ETF assets rose $384.65 billion during this period. At the end of September 2021, assets of bond funds were $1.19 trillion and hybrid funds were $39.88 billion and commodity funds were $137.50 billion.

During September, the value of all ETF shares issued exceeded that of shares redeemed by $58.89 billion. In September 2020, the value of all ETF shares issued exceeded that of shares redeemed by $33.64 billion.

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