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iShares passes USD500bn in assets under management


BlackRock’s exchange-traded fund platform iShares has reached global assets under management of USD509bn as of 31 March 2010.

This accounts for nearly half of the industry’s total assets under management.

iShares is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this year.

"iShares ETFs have significantly impacted the way people invest by providing investors with access and liquidity to markets around the world, and achieving this USD500bn AUM milestone greatly validates the acceptance of iShares ETF offerings," says Michael Latham, head of US iShares. "iShares continues to help drive global ETF industry growth by educating financial intermediaries and the investing public about iShares as core investments, continuing the development of innovative, solutions-oriented products and expanding the availability of iShares via 401(k) and other platforms."

iShares has 434 ETFs globally as of 31 March 2010. iShares US has 201 funds with USD409bn AUM and iShares Europe has 172 ETFs with USD100bn AUM.

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