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iShares leads global ETF industry flows with USD102.8bn in 2014

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BlackRock’s iShares business led the global exchange traded fund industry in 2014 by capturing USD102.8bn in new flows, 31% of the ETF market’s record-breaking USD330.7bn global total.

Growth was driven by the iShares US and European product lines, which continue to be adopted by investors across the globe. iShares US product line led the way with a record USD82.8bn of new assets in 2014, surpassing the previous record for US iShares ETFs of USD62.0bn in 2012. In Europe, the business captured USD20.3bn in net new flows.

Mark Wiedman, Global Head of iShares at BlackRock, says: “iShares growth this year was driven by two global product lines. Clients from Asia and Latin America continue to use both our US and European ETF suite in record numbers, contributing USD19.8bn in net new assets through November 30th.

“We’re seeing ETFs truly come of age, as more investors around the world recognise and embrace the versatility of these vehicles – whether it’s for their strategic buy-and-hold investments or precision exposures to express a view on virtually any market.

“ETFs have also been discovered by capital market participants, who are using them as efficient substitutes for futures and swaps.

“Fixed income was a key driver of flows globally, as investors of all kinds increasingly adopt ETFs as an essential instrument for accessing the bond markets. iShares captured USD40.3bn globally or 48% of all new flows into fixed income ETFs.”

iShares global AUM exceeded USD1 trillion as of 31 December, 2014.

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