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At the end of Q1 2011, there were 549 ETFs/ETPs providing exposure to various emerging and frontier markets indices, with 1,119 listings and assets of 
USD246.4bn from 110 providers on 40 exchanges in 34 countries, according to BlackRock’s new Emerging Market ETFs Industry Review, which provides an analysis of the growth in assets, net asset flows and trading volumes of all emerging and frontier market ETFs and ETPs listed globally.

YTD ETFs/ETPs providing exposure to emerging and frontier market indices have seen net inflows of USD3.9bn, of which USD1.3bn went into ETFs/ETPs tracking Russian equity indices and USD1.0bn into ETFs/ETPs tracking Chinese equity indices.

In comparison, for the full year 2010, ETFs/ETPs providing exposure to emerging and frontier markets had net inflows of USD50.3bn, of which USD28.8bn went into ETFs/ETPs tracking global emerging market equity indices and USD3.8bn into ETFs/ETPs tracking Chinese equity indices.

The use of ETFs and ETPs for emerging markets exposure have always been very useful and popular for many investors, since it is often difficult to achieve exposure directly in many emerging and frontier markets, such as China, India, Russia, Korea and Taiwan, due to the need for foreign investor status and limited selection of available futures contracts offering emerging and frontier market exposure.
Emerging markets has been one of the areas where we have seen innovation in ETF/ETP structures such as allowing for exposure to India and China A share indices. We expect to see continued growth in the use of these products, as well as the development of new products covering emerging market and frontier indices.

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