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Global ETF assets down 3.3 per cent YTD

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At the end of February 2010 the global exchange-traded fund industry had 2,091 ETFs with 3,998 listings, assets of USD1,001.9bn, from 115 providers on 40 exchanges around the world, according to a report by BlackRock.

Year-to-date, assets decreased by 3.3 per cent which is more than the 3.0 per cent fall in the MSCI World index in US dollar terms.

The top 100 ETFs, out of 2,091, account for 64.7 per cent of global ETF AUM, while 404 ETFs have less than USD10.0m in assets.

Year-to-date the number of ETFs increased by 7.3 per cent with 143 new ETFs launched.

The number of ETFs listed in Europe has surpassed the US with 901 ETFs listed in Europe, compared to 807 in the US.

There are currently plans to launch 838 new ETFs.

Year-to-date the average daily trading volume in us dollars increased by 47.8 per cent to USD74.3bn.

MSCI ranks first in terms of ETF AUM tied to its benchmarks with assets of USD234.5bn and 293 ETFs, while Standard & Poor’s ranks second with USD232.4bn and 259 ETFs, followed by Barclays Capital in third with USD93.4bn and 75 ETFs.

The top three ETF providers, out of 115, have 71.1 per cent market share.

Globally, iShares is the largest ETF provider in terms of both number of products, 437 ETFs, and assets of USD471.9bn, reflecting 47.1 per cent market share; State Street Global Advisors is second with 107 products and USD144.5bn, 14.4 per cent market share; followed by Vanguard with 47 products and assets of USD95.4bn and 9.5 per cent market share at the end of February 2010.

Globally, net sales of mutual funds (excluding ETFs) were positive USD6.0bn, while net sales of ETFs were minus USD13.8bn during the first month of 2010, according to Strategic Insight.

Over the last five years the S&P 500 has outperformed 60.8 per cent of actively managed large-cap US equity funds; the S&P Mid-Cap 400 has outperformed 77.2 per cent of mid-cap funds and the S&P Small-Cap 600 has outperformed 66.6 per cent of small-cap funds. The five-year data results are similar for actively managed fixed income funds.

Additionally, there were 630 other exchange traded products with 921 listings and assets of USD150.3bn from 40 providers on 18 exchanges.

Combined, there were 2,721 products with 4,919 listings, assets of USD1,152.2bn from 139 providers on 43 exchanges around the world at the end of February 2010.

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