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Global ETF assets down 26.9 per cent, says BGI

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Assets in the global exchange-traded fund industry have fallen 26.9 per cent year-to-date, which is greater than the 18.4 per cent fall in the MSCI World Index in US dollar terms, accor

Assets in the global exchange-traded fund industry have fallen 26.9 per cent year-to-date, which is greater than the 18.4 per cent fall in the MSCI World Index in US dollar terms, according to a report from Barclays Global Investors.

BGI found that at the end of February 2009 the global ETF industry had 1,603 ETFs with 2,720 listings, assets of USD593.03bn from 85 providers on 42 exchanges around the world.

The number of ETFs increased by 0.8 per cent with 25 new ETFs launched, while 19 ETFs were de-listed.

The average daily trading volume in US dollars increased by 11.7 per cent to USD89.8bn.

Standard & Poor’s ranks first with USD153.7bn in ETF AUM tied to its benchmarks, while MSCI ranks second with USD111.3bn and Barclays Capital third with USD54.1bn.

Globally, net sales of mutual funds (excluding ETFs) were USD152.1bn, while net sales of ETFs were USD12.9bn in January 2009, according to Strategic Insight.

Additionally, there were 274 other exchange-traded products with assets of USD68.46bn from 29 providers on 15 exchanges.

In Europe, YTD assets have fallen by 9.6 per cent, which is less than the 20.7 per cent fall in the MSCI Europe Index in US dollar terms.

In the US, YTD assets have fallen by 30.7 per cent – more than the 18 per cent fall in the MSCI US Index.

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