Canadian ETF growth maintains its pace

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Canadian ETF assets are still growing. At the end of August 2018, there were 621 ETFs in Canada, with assets under management of $163.7 billion. Total assets were 22% higher than a year earlier. They were almost double the total asset value recorded at the end of 2015. Blackrock Canada remains the largest ETF provider with 115 funds and a 37% market share. BMO Asset Management follows closely, with a 31% market share, Vanguard (11%), Horizons (7%) and RBC (3%) are also industry leaders. Growth in Blackrock’s assets under management slowed to 5.9% over the past year. However, all the other market leaders experienced rapid growth in assets. RBC led, with 52% growth in assets under management from a year earlier. ETFs focused on stocks still dominate the Canadian market: 70% of all ETF assets are allocated to stocks. Fixed income products such as bond ETFs account for 27% of all assets, while commodities (0.6%) and multi-asset class products (1.7%) continue to attract…

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