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Inflows into emerging markets exchange-traded funds are accelerating as investors show a renewed appetite for opportunities outside of the developed markets, according to ETF provider i

Inflows into emerging markets exchange-traded funds are accelerating as investors show a renewed appetite for opportunities outside of the developed markets, according to ETF provider iShares.

Inflows of net new assets into iShares’ emerging markets ETFs have demonstrated a growth pattern in 2009, with March and April figures a peak for the year so far. 

Net new assets of EUR322m were attracted into iShares’ range of emerging markets funds in March and April alone. This represents 84 per cent of the full year inflows of EUR383m (year to date).

The most popular of these products has been the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets fund, which has gathered net new assets of EUR171m year to date.

Trading volumes in the emerging markets product range have also been strong with more than EUR2bn of iShares’ emerging markets ETFs traded in 2009 and EUR1,191m of this taking place in March and April so far, a 26 per cent increase compared with the same period last year.

Andrea Morresi, head of sales for iShares in Europe, says: ‘Whilst inflows into fixed income products have continued there are indications that some investors are rediscovering an appetite for risk and looking for opportunities outside of the developed markets. iShares’ range of emerging markets ETFs offers investors effective and cost-efficient vehicles to gain exposure to emerging market equities and bonds, and is ideal for establishing strategic asset allocations as well as for tactical investment opportunities.’

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