In May 2020, we published our annual study of ETF usage by U.S. insurance companies. The data for that analysis is only available annually. However, because of the market volatility in the first quarter of 2020, we wanted to analyze the use of ETFs by U.S. insurance companies prior to the next annual analysis. While holdings data is not available on a quarterly basis, we were able to analyze ETF transactions. In Q1 2020, U.S. insurance companies increased their ETF usage by USD 4.1 billion, as well as the number of transactions.
In the first quarter of 2020, insurance companies traded USD 24.6 billion in ETFs (see Exhibit 1). This amount is roughly on scale with the total holdings of USD 31.2 billion as of year-end 2019.