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Global ETF assets rise by 19.6 per cent


At the end of October 2010, the global exchange-traded fund industry had 2,409 ETFs with 5,335 listings and assets of USD1,239.4bn from 130 providers on 46 exchanges around the world, according to statistics from BlackRock.

Year-to-date assets have increased by 19.6 per cent from USD1,036.0bn to USD1,239.4bn. This is greater than the 4.6 per cent increase in the MSCI World Index in US dollar terms.

The top 100 ETFs, out of 2,409, account for 63.3 per cent of global ETF assets under management. 1,217 ETFs have less than USD50.0m in assets and 426 ETFs have less than USD10.0m in assets.

YTD the number of ETFs has increased by 23.9 per cent with 514 new ETFs launched while 50 ETFs were delisted. As at the end of October 2010, Europe has 1,048 ETFs listed, whilst the US has 887 ETFs listed. There are currently plans to launch 1,036 new ETFs.

The ETF average daily trading volume in US dollars has also increased by 19.8 per cent to USD60.7bn.

MSCI ranks first in terms of AUM and number of products tracking its benchmarks with assets of USD313.8bn and 366 ETFs. Second is Standard & Poor’s with assets of USD270.5bn and 297 ETFs, followed by Barclays Capital with USD115.4bn and 82 ETFs.

Globally, iShares is the largest ETF provider in terms of both number of products (466 ETFs) and assets (USD556.1bn), reflecting 44.9 per cent market share; State Street Global Advisors is second with 113 products, assets of USD170.7bn and 13.8 per cent market share; followed by Vanguard with 64 products, assets of USD135.2bn and 10.9 per cent market share.

Globally, net sales of mutual funds (excluding ETFs) were minus USD194.6bn, while net sales of ETFs were positive USD118.5bn during the first nine months of 2010, according to Strategic Insight.

Additionally, there were 995 other exchange-traded products with 1,572 listings and assets of USD153.6bn from 50 providers on 21 exchanges. Combined, there were 3,404 products with 6,907 listings, assets of USD1,392.9bn from 160 providers on 50 exchanges around the world, at the end of October 2010.

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