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Global ETF assets up by 4.4 per cent


Assets in the global exchange-traded fund industry have increased by 4.4 per cent year-to-date, a report by BlackRock suggests.

At the end of Q1 2010 the global ETF industry had 2,131 ETFs with 4,133 listings, assets of USD1,081.9bn, from 123 providers on 42 exchanges around the world.

The top 100 ETFs, out of 2,131, account for 64.6 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 9.4 per cent with 193 new ETFs launched.

The number of ETFs listed in Europe has surpassed the US with 910 ETFs listed in Europe, compared to 814 in the US.

There are currently plans to launch 844 new ETFs.

Year-to-date the average daily trading volume in US dollars increased by 19.1 per cent to USD59.9bn.

MSCI and S&P are virtually tied ranking first in terms of ETF AUM tied to their benchmarks with assets of USD256.2bn and 295 ETFs tracking MSCI, while Standard & Poor’s has USD256.1bn and 262 ETFs, followed by Barclays Capital in third with USD97.1bn and 75 etfs.

Globally, iShares is the largest ETF provider in terms of both number of products, 437 ETFs, and assets of USD504.1bn, reflecting 46.6 per cent market share; State Street Global Advisors is second with 108 products and USD159.4bn, 14.7 per cent market share; followed by Vanguard with 47 products and assets of USD104.1bn and 9.6 per cent market share at the end of Q1 2010.

Globally, net sales of mutual funds (excluding ETFs) were minus USD25.8bn, while net sales of ETFs were positive USD14.1bn during the first two months 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.

Additionally, there were 718 other exchange-traded products with 1,025 listings and assets of USD153.6bn from 42 providers on 18 exchanges.

Combined, there were 2,849 products with 5,158 listings, assets of USD1,235.4bn from 147 providers on 44 exchanges around the world at the end of Q1 2010.

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