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Global exchange-traded fund assets hit an all time high of USD862bn at the end of July 2009, seven per cent above the previous all time high of USD805bn set in April 2008, according to

Global exchange-traded fund assets hit an all time high of USD862bn at the end of July 2009, seven per cent above the previous all time high of USD805bn set in April 2008, according to the latest figures from Barclays Global Investors.

The global ETF industry had 1,768 ETFs with 3,129 listings, and assets of USD862bn from 94 providers on 42 exchanges around the world at the end of July 2009.

Year-to-date assets have risen by 21.2 per cent which is more than the 13.5 per cent rise in the MSCI World Index in US dollar terms.

"The global ETF industry has grown from nothing into a multi-billion sector in 16 years, and there are no signs that investor interest in ETFs is fading, despite the current market," says Deborah Fuhr, global head of ETF research and implementation strategy at BGI.
 
European ETF assets hit an all time high of USD183bn at the end of July 2009 which is 8.4 per cent above the previous all time high of USD168bn set in May 2009 and 14.2 per cent above the high of USD160bn recorded in July 2008. The European ETF industry had 753 ETFs with 1,890 listings, with assets of USD183bn, from 32 providers on 20 exchanges at the end of July 2009. YTD assets have risen by 28.2 per cent which is more than the 15.2 per cent rise in the MSCI Europe Index in US dollar terms.
 
US ETF assets hit an all time high of USD582bn at the end of July 2009 which tops the previous all time high of USD581bn set in December 2007. The US ETF industry had 706 ETFs, with assets of USD582bn, from 22 providers on three exchanges at the end of July 2009. YTD assets have risen by 17.2 per cent which is more than the 10.0 per cent rise in the MSCI US Index in US dollar terms.

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