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At the end of January 2009 the global exchange-traded fund industry had 1,602 ETFs with 2,683 listings, assets of USD658.8bn from 85 providers on 42 exchanges around the world, accordin

At the end of January 2009 the global exchange-traded fund industry had 1,602 ETFs with 2,683 listings, assets of USD658.8bn from 85 providers on 42 exchanges around the world, according to a report from Barclays Global Investors.

Year to date assets have fallen by 7.3 per cent, which is less than the 8.8 per cent fall in the MSCI World Index in US dollar terms.

YTD the number of ETFs increased by 0.8 per cent with 14 new ETFs launched.

The average daily trading volume in US dollars increased by 3.4 per cent to USD83.1bn.

Standard & Poors ranks first with USD183.6bn in ETF assets under management tied to its benchmarks, while MSCI ranks second with USD122.9bn, followed by Barclays Capital in third with USD52.7bn.

According to the report, there are currently plans to launch 613 new ETFs.

Globally, net sales of mutual funds (excluding ETFs) were minus USD112bn, while net sales of ETFs were positive USD268bn in 2008, according to Strategic Insight.

Additionally, there were 274 other exchange-traded products with assets of USD59.5bn from 29 providers on 15 exchanges.

At the end of January 2009, the European ETF industry had 633 ETFs with 1,553 listings, assets of USD135.73bn from 29 providers on 20 exchanges. YTD assets have fallen by five per cent, which is less than the 11.4 per cent fall in the MSCI Europe Index in US dollar terms.

At the end of January 2009, the US ETF industry had 707 ETFs, assets of USD454.93bn from 18 providers on three exchanges. YTD assets have fallen by 8.5 per cent, compared with a fall of 8.3 per cent in the MSCI US Index in US dollar terms.

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