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Pan-European ETF AUM reaches all-time high


Assets under management in the pan-European exchange-traded funds segment showed a high growth pattern over the year 2009, gaining 47.37 per cent to EUR162.49bn, research by Lipper has found.

The report says this movement was not surprising, since in the positive stock market environment all asset classes—with the exception of money market funds—enjoyed inflows.

The average monthly turnover in euros in the fourth quarter was down 4.75 per cent—from EUR31.27bn in fourth quarter 2008 to EUR29.78bn in fourth quarter 2009. Lipper says that because of the positive environment in the global equity markets and the increase in AUM, these numbers were surprising. On the other hand, these numbers confirmed that ETFs are not used only for short-term trading purposes.

The positive environment for stocks showed in the performance tables, where only four equity funds had negative performance for the year 2009.

Within the bond segment funds denominated in US dollars or with an investment focus in long-duration Eurozone bonds showed negative returns, while funds investing in corporate bonds and emerging market bonds as well as inflation-linked bonds showed the highest returns over the year 2009.

As in the bond sector the performance of money market funds was driven by developments of foreign currencies against the euro.

Within the commodities segment silver and palladium delivered the best performance for 2009.

Since there was a lot of M&A activity in the ETF segment over the year 2009, the promoter landscape will show some further changes over the next few months.

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