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Global ETF assets rise by 18.8 per cent year-to-date


At the end of November 2010, the global exchange-traded fund industry had 2,422 ETFs with 5,413 listings and assets of USD1,231.0bn, from 133 providers on 46 exchanges around the world, according to research by BlackRock.

Year-to-date assets have increased by 18.8 per cent from USD1,036.1bn to USD1,231.0bn, which is greater than the 2.2 per cent increase in the MSCI World Index in US dollar terms.

US14.0bn of net new assets went into ETFs/ETPs in November 2010. USD11.7bn net inflows into equity ETFs/ETPs, of which USD8.5bn went into ETFs/ETPs tracking developed market indices and USD3.2bn in to ETFs/ETPs tracking emerging markets indices.

Fixed income ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of USD0.8bn, where government bond and money market ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of USD0.9bn and USD0.2bn respectively.

ETFs/ETPs with commodity exposure saw net inflows of USD3.3bn, of which USD1.8bn went into ETFs/ETPs with precious metals exposure.

USD145.5bn of net new assets went into ETFs/ETPs YTD. USD83.8bn net new asset flows into equity ETFs/ETPs is greater than the USD69.2bn for all of 2009. Net new asset flows into ETFs/ETPs tracking developed market equity indices are USD43.9bn YTD, above the USD34.7bn in 2009 and ETFs/ETPs tracking emerging markets indices are greater at USD39.9bn YTD versus USD34.5bn in 2009.

Fixed income ETF/ETP net new assets are USD39.5bn YTD versus USD54.3bn for 2009 and net new assets going into ETFs/ETPs with commodity exposure is down significantly from USD46.2bn in 2009 to USD19.7bn YTD.

YTD the number of ETFs increased by 24.7 per cent with 530 new ETFs launched, while 51 ETFs were delisted. There are currently plans to launch 1,046 new ETFs.

YTD the ETF average daily trading volume in US dollars increased by 27.4 per cent to USD64.6bn.

Globally, iShares is the largest ETF provider in terms of both number of products, 468 ETFs, and assets of USD549.8bn, reflecting 44.7 per cent market share, State Street Global Advisors is second with 113 products and USD171.1bn, 13.9 per cent market share; followed by Vanguard with 65 products and assets of USD141.2bn and 11.5 per cent market share at the end of November 2010.

The top three ETF providers, out of 133, account for 70.0 per cent of global ETF AUM.

YTD 28 new providers have entered the industry, launching their first ETFs, while three firms have exited the business and 41 firms plan to launch their first ETF.

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 1,039 other exchange-traded products with 1,747 listings and assets of USD161.4bn from 54 providers on 22 exchanges.

Combined, there were 3,461 products with 7,160 listings, assets of USD1,392.4bn from 165 providers on 50 exchanges around the world.

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