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Global exchange-traded fund assets hit an all time high of USD862bn at the end of July 2009, seven per cent above the previous all time high of USD805bn set in April 2008, according to

Global exchange-traded fund assets hit an all time high of USD862bn at the end of July 2009, seven per cent above the previous all time high of USD805bn set in April 2008, according to a report by Barclays Global Investors.

At the end of July 2009 the global ETF industry had 1,768 ETFs with 3,129 listings, assets of USD861.57bn, from 94 providers on 42 exchanges around the world.

YTD assets have risen by 21.2 per cent which is more than the 13.5 per cent rise in the MSCI World index in USD terms.

The number of ETFs increased by 11.1 per cent with 240 new ETFs launched, while 74 ETFs were closed.

In Q2 the number of ETFs listed in Europe surpassed the US with 753 ETFs listed in Europe, compared to 706 in the US. There are currently plans to launch 780 new ETFs.

The number of exchanges with official listings decreased by one to 42, while the average daily trading volume in USD decreased by 23.9 per cent to USD61.3bn.

Standard & Poor’s ranks first in terms of ETF AUM tied to its benchmarks with assets of USD205.16bn and 225 ETFs, while MSCI ranks second with USD193.38bn and 254 ETFs, followed by Barclays Capital in third with USD70.39nn and 58 ETFs.

Globally, iShares is the largest ETF provider in terms of both number of products, 391 ETFs, and assets of USD414.40bn, reflecting 48.1 per cent market share; State Street Global Advisors is second with 104 products and USD130.59bn, 15.2 per cent market share; followed by Vanguard with 40 products and assets of USD66.90bn and 7.8 per cent market share at the end of July 2009.

Net sales of mutual funds (excluding ETFs) were USD99.0bn, while net sales of ETFs were USD36.6bn during the first five months of 2009, according to Strategic Insight.

Additionally, there were 303 other exchange-traded products with assets of USD85.64bn from 32 providers on 18 exchanges.

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