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Global ETF assets hit all time high of USD982.28bn


Global exchange-traded fund assets hit an all time high of USD982bn at the end of November 2009 – 4.3 per cent above the previous all time high of USD942bn set in October 2009, according to a report from BlackRock.

At the end of November 2009 the global ETF industry had 1,907 ETFs with 3,678 listings, assets of USD982.30bn, from 103 providers on 39 exchanges around the world.

Year-to-date assets have risen by 38.2 per cent which is more than the 24.9 per cent rise in the MSCI World index in US dollar terms.

The number of ETFs has increased by 19.9 per cent YTD with 386 new ETFs launched, while 74 ETFs were closed.

In 2009 the number of ETFs listed in Europe has surpassed the US with 812 ETFs listed in Europe, compared to 753 in the US.

There are currently plans to launch 820 new ETFs.

YTD the number of exchanges with official listings decreased by four to 39. The average daily trading volume in US dollars decreased by 15.7 per cent to USD68.0bn.

MSCI ranks first in terms of ETF AUM tied to their benchmarks with assets of USD234.45bn and 268 ETFs, while Standard & Poor’s ranks second with USD227.08bn and 231 ETFs, followed by Barclays Capital in third with USD86.32bn and 69 ETFs.

Globally, iShares is the largest ETF provider in terms of both number of products, 411 ETFs, and assets of USD471.60bn, reflecting 48.0 per cent market share. State Street Global Advisors is second with 106 products and USD142.44bn, 14.5 per cent market share, followed by Vanguard with 47 products and assets of USD87.96bn and 9.0 per cent market share at the end of November 2009.

Globally, net sales of mutual funds (excluding ETFs) were USD13.3bn, while net sales of ETFs were USD93.8bn during the first nine months of 2009, according to Strategic Insight.

Over the five year market cycle from mid-year 2004 to mid-year 2009, the S&P 500 outperformed 63.0 per cent of actively managed large-cap funds, S&P MidCap 400 outperformed 73.5 per cent of mid-cap funds and S&P SmallCap 600 outperformed 67.7 per cent of small-cap funds. The script was similar for non-US equity funds, in which indices outperformed a majority of actively managed non-us equity funds over the past five years.

Additionally, there were 601 other exchange-traded products with assets of USD154.52bn from 40 providers on 19 exchanges.

Combined, there were 2,508 products with 4,565 listings, assets of USD1,136.82bn from 129 providers on 42 exchanges around the world at the end of November 2009.

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