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Assets in the global exchange-traded fund industry have fallen by 10.9 per cent year-to-date, which is less than the 12.5 per cent fall in the MSCI World index, according to Barclays Gl

Assets in the global exchange-traded fund industry have fallen by 10.9 per cent year-to-date, which is less than the 12.5 per cent fall in the MSCI World index, according to Barclays Global Investors.

At the end of quarter one 2009 the global ETF industry had 1,635 ETFs with 2,857 listings, assets of USD633.55bn, from 87 providers on 43 exchanges around the world.

Year-to-date the number of ETFs increased by 2.8 per cent with 66 new ETFs launched.

The average daily trading volume in US dollar terms increased by 10.4 per cent to USD88.8bn.

Standard & Poor’s ranks first with USD157.8bn in ETF assets under management tied to their benchmarks, while MSCI ranks second with USD124.0bn, followed by Barclays Capital in third with USD58.7bn.

There are currently plans to launch 729 new ETFs.

Globally, iShares is the largest ETF provider in terms of both number of products, 369 ETFs, and assets of USD296.8bn, reflecting 46.8 per cent market share; State Street Global Advisors is second with 102 products and USD103.5bn, 16.3 per cent market share; followed by Vanguard with 38 products and assets of USD44.2bn and 7.0 per cent market share at the end of Q1 2009.

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

Additionally, there were 276 other exchange-traded products with assets of USD72.59bn from 31 providers on 16 exchanges.

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