An increasing number of investors hold ETFs in their portfolio. According to research firm ETFGI, global investments in ETFs recorded a record inflow of $319.4 billion for the year as of November. This is an increase of 15% compared to the same period last year. Total assets now stand at a record $3.0 trillion. US-listed ETFs are still the largest group with total assets of $2.1 trillion. This group also witnessed the largest inflow with a record $201.7 billion of fresh money. This was a plus of 5% compared to last year. There are now 1,824 ETFs available in the US.
November was a strong month with $26 billion of new inflows for US ETFs. 2015 may see an even higher record of ETFs investments, according to Deutsche Bank. Over the last 15 years, December shows a strong record. The investment bank expects $20-25 billion of fresh assets. Particularly the popular SPDR S&P500 ETF (symbol: SPY) could expect fresh money, DB expects another $10-15 billion of inflows for SPY. Equity ETFs were by far the most popular destination for investors, adding a sold $25 billion of inflows in November. $19.6 billion went to US Equity.