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Investors gain appetite for risk with global ETPs attracting $22.6bn

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07/08/2012
Investors who opted for exchange traded products have embraced equities in July with global ETPs attracting total inflows of $22.6bn, according to BlackRock.

BlackRock state that ultra-low interest rates and speculation about monetary easing by the European Central Bank encouraged risk appetite.

US Large Cap products attracted $6.9bn while US Small Cap inflows reached a nine-month high of $2.3bn.

BlackRock say that equity income strategies remained a major draw for ETP investors. High-Dividend Yield, Real Estate and Preferred Stock ETPs generated a combined $3.1bn in July.

Dodd Kittsley, global head of ETP research for BlackRock, said: “The continued robust growth in ETPs globally is a testament to the efficiencies that they can deliver including transparency, liquidity and precision in a diverse set of asset classes.

“The highest monthly flows into equity ETPs since January and flows in July into higher yielding fixed income ETPs suggest an overall increase in risk appetite among ETP investors.”

Investor use of higher-yielding Equity ETPs in their search for above average returns has supported year-to-date inflows of $21.0bn into the category — 48% above last year’s comparable seven-month total of $14.2bn.

Emerging Markets Equity ETPs drew $3.bn, split evenly between broad exposure funds with $1.7 billion and country-focused exposures with $1.8bn.

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