SOURCE: Barclays Global Investors

Barclays Global Investors

September 10, 2009 09:09 ET

US ETP Assets Hit All Time High

Latest Data From the ETF Research and Implementation Strategy Team at Barclays Global Investors Reveals US ETP Net Inflows of US$54.3 Bn Push US ETP Assets to an All Time High of US$678 Bn at End August 2009, Driven by Fixed Income, Commodity and Emerging Market ETPs

LONDON--(Marketwire - September 10, 2009) - US ETP assets have hit an all time high of US$678 Bn at the end of August 2009 -- 4.0% above the previous all time high of US$653 Bn set in July 2009, and 11.3% above the high set in April 2008, according to the latest figures from Barclays Global Investors. The US ETP industry had 846 ETPs, net new inflows of US$54.3 Bn YTD with total assets of US$678 Bn from 36 providers on 3 exchanges at the end of August 2009. YTD assets have risen by 25.1% which is more than the 13.5% rise in the MSCI US Index in US dollar terms.

Contrasting this to the latest data from Strategic Insight, net inflows to mutual funds (excluding ETPs) domiciled in the US were minus US$50.5 Bn in the first six months of 2009.

Deborah Fuhr, Global Head of ETF Research & Implementation Strategy at BGI said, "The net inflows of US$54.3 Bn in the past eight months shows demand for ETPs is still growing as clients view ETPs as useful tools to help them implement many types of exposures."

Fixed income ETPs have seen the largest net inflows with US$29.5 Bn net new assets YTD. The most popular fixed income exposure has been Corporate bond ETPs with US$8.7 Bn net inflows, followed by inflation linked ETPs with US$6.7 Bn, and ETPs tracking aggregate bond benchmarks with US$4.3 Bn.

Commodity focused ETPs was the second most popular asset category in terms of net flows, with US$23.8 Bn. Precious metals commodity ETPs grew the most with US$12.9 Bn net new assets, followed by energy ETPs with US$5.0 Bn and broad commodity exposures with US$3.7 Bn.

Emerging markets equity ETPs was the third most popular asset category with US$12.9 Bn net inflows. Broad emerging market equity exposures saw net inflows of US$6.1 Bn YTD, followed by Brazil focused ETPs with US$2.2 Bn, and ETPs tracking Chinese benchmarks with US$1.3 Bn net new assets.

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