Global ETFs saw inflows of US$45.94 billion in April, bringing the year-to-date total to US$145.74 billion, consulting firm ETFGI said Friday.

Total assets invested in ETFs reached a new high of US$5.57 trillion at the end of April, a 3.2% gain from the previous month.

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April marked the 63rd consecutive month of net inflows into global ETFs, the ETFGI report said. At month’s end there were almost 8,000 ETFs and exchange-traded products (ETPs) from 412 providers. The products are listed on 71 exchanges in 58 countries.

Equity ETFs accounted for US$34.74 billion of inflows in April, bringing 2019 equity inflows to US$116.54 billion, down from the same period a year ago. Fixed income ETFs, however, saw year-over-year gains, attracting US$12.35 billion in April and US$68.62 billion so far this year.

April was the biggest month of 2019 so far for Canadian ETFs, as well, with $2.3 billion flowing into funds and fixed income also leading the way.