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Global ETF assets up 0.8 per cent year-to-date

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At the end of May 2010 the global exchange-traded fund industry had 2,218 ETFs with 4,478 listings, assets of USD1,044.1bn, from 131 providers on 42 exchanges around the world, a report from BlackRock shows.

Year-to-date assets increased by 0.8 per cent, compared to the 7.6 per cent decrease in the MSCI World index in US dollar terms.

The top 100 ETFs, out of 2,218, account for 64.5 per cent of global ETF AUM, while 458 ETFs have less than USD10.0m in assets.

Year-to-date the number of ETFs increased by 13.7 per cent with 290 new ETFs launched.

The number of ETFs listed in Europe has surpassed the US with 946 ETFs listed in Europe, compared to 836 in the US.

There are currently plans to launch 884 new ETFs.

Year-to-date the number of exchanges with official listings increased from 40 to 42.

The average daily trading volume in us dollars increased by 132.8 per cent to USD117.1bn.

MSCI and Standard & Poor’s are virtually tied in terms of ETF AUM tied to their benchmarks with assets of USD241.0bn and 308 ETFs tracking MSCI, while S&P has USD239.8bn and 272 ETFs, followed by Barclays Capital with USD101.4bn and 78 ETFs.

Globally, iShares is the largest ETF provider in terms of both number of products, 442 ETFs, and assets of USD481.2bn, reflecting 46.1 per cent market share; State Street Global Advisors is second with 110 products and USD149.0bn, 14.3 per cent market share; followed by Vanguard with 47 products and assets of USD104.4bn and 10.0 per cent market share at the end of May 2010.

The top three ETF providers, out of 131, have 70.4 per cent market share.

Globally, net sales of mutual funds (excluding ETFs) were minus USD146.0bn, while net sales of ETFs were positive USD41.2bn during the four months of 2010 according to Strategic Insight.

Additionally, there were 792 other exchange-traded products with 1,135 listings and assets of USD129.4bn from 45 providers on 18 exchanges.

Combined, there were 3,010 products with 5,613 listings, assets of USD1,173.4bn from 157 providers on 44 exchanges around the world at the end of May 2010.

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