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Global ETF assets up 4.4 per cent


At the end of March 2010 the global exchange-traded fund industry had 2,131 ETFs with 4,133 listings, assets of USD1,081.9bn, from 123 providers on 42 exchanges around the world, according to a report by BlackRock.

Year-to-date assets have increased by 4.4 per cent, which is more than the 2.7 per cent increase in the MSCI World Index in US dollar terms.

The European ETF industry had 910 ETFs at the end of March with 2,579 listings, assets of USD233.7bn, from 36 providers on 18 exchanges.

Net new assets into European domiciled ETFs/ETPs totalled USD11.5bn YTD, with emerging market equities receiving USD2.3bn net inflows, followed by Asia Pacific equity with USD1.9bn and commodities with USD1.7bn net new assets YTD.

The US ETF industry had 814 ETFs, assets of USD736.3bn, from 29 providers on two exchanges at the end of March.

Net new assets into US domiciled ETFs/ETPs totalled USD8.9bn YTD, with fixed income receiving USD10.1bn net inflows, followed by global (ex-US) equities with USD1.9bn net new assets while North American equities experienced USD2.4bn net outflows.

At the end of March the Canadian ETF industry had 132 ETFs, assets of USD32.8bn, from four providers on one exchange.

The Asia Pacific ex-Japan ETF industry had 159 ETFs with 255 listings, and assets of USD40.6bn from 53 providers on 13 exchanges.

The Japanese ETF industry had 70 ETFs with 73 listings, and assets of USD27.3bn from six providers on two exchanges.

The Latin American ETF industry had 21 ETFs with 231 listings, and assets of USD9.3bn from three providers on three exchanges.

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