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Strong net inflows of $35 billion in September and positive market performance helped to push global exchange-traded fund (ETF) and exchange-traded product (ETP) assets to $2.22 trillion, a new record high, at the end of Q3 2013, according to ETFGI, a London-based consultancy.
The global ETF/ETP industry now has 4,982 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,019 listings, across 57 exchanges, from 212 providers.
Year to date net inflows are at $168.9 billion, which is below the $188.4 billion at this time in 2012. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $29.3 billion, followed by fixed income with $5.8 billion and commodity with $1.2 billion.
In September, equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $29.3 billion. Within equities, North American/US-linked products gathered the largest net inflows with $14.98 billion, followed by emerging market with $6.0 billion, and Europe with $3.74 billion.
Fixed income ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of $5.8 billion. Government bond products gathered the largest net inflows with $2.69 billion, followed by high yield with $2.47 billion, and emerging market bond with $835 million.
Commodity ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of $1.16 billion. Precious metals ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $674 million, followed by broad commodities with $563 million.
In terms of ETF providers, Vanguard ranks first year to date with net inflows of $45.1 billion, iShares is second with $41.6 billion, WisdomTree is third with $12.0 billion, PowerShares is fourth with $10.6 billion and First Trust is fifth with $5.3 billion.
Among index providers, S&P Dow Jones has the largest amount of ETF/ETP assets tracking its indices with $608 billion, reflecting 27.4% market share; MSCI is second with $358 billion and 16.1% market share, followed by Barclays with $195 billion and 8.8% market share.