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Global ETF assets climb 3.9 per cent in August

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Global exchange-traded fund assets hit an all time high of USD891bn at the end of August 2009 – 3.9 per cent above the previous all time high of USD858bn set in July 2009, according to a report by Barclays Global Investors.

At the end of August 2009 the global ETF industry had 1,773 ETFs with 3,137 listings, assets of USD890.52bn, from 95 providers on 41 exchanges around the world.

Year-to-date assets have risen by 25.3 per cent, which is more than the 18 per cent rise in the MSCI World index in US dollar terms.

The number of ETFs has increased by 11.4 per cent YTD, with 248 new ETFs launched, while 71 ETFs were closed. There are currently plans to launch 781 new ETFs.

In 2009 the number of ETFs listed in Europe has surpassed the US with 751 ETFs listed in Europe, compared to 710 in the US.

YTD the number of exchanges with official listings decreased by two to 41, while the average daily trading volume in US dollars decreased by 22.7 per cent to USD62.3bn.

Standard & Poor’s ranks first in terms of ETF AUM tied to its benchmarks with assets of USD$217.27bn and 225 ETFs, while MSCI ranks second with USD201.53bn and 253 ETFs, followed by Barclays Capital in third with USD73.42bn and 59 ETFs.

Globally, ishares is the largest ETF provider in terms of both number of products, 391 ETFs, and assets of USD429.32bn, reflecting 48.2 per cent market share. State Street Global Advisors is second with 104 products and USD139.33bn, 15.6 per cent market share; followed by Vanguard with 40 products and assets of USD71.71bn and 8.1 per cent market share at the end of August 2009.

Globally, net sales of mutual funds (excluding ETFs) were USD97.5bn, while net sales of ETFs were USD65.7bn during the first seven months of 2009, according to Strategic Insight.

Additionally, there were 566 other exchange-traded products with assets of USD92.07bn from 39 providers on 19 exchanges.

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