The combined assets of U.S. listed exchange-traded fund (ETFs)
jumped ended 2012 at $1.337 trillion, according to the Investment
Company Institute (
The increase in assets invested in ETFs showed a 27.6% gain
compared to levels in December 2011.
Assets in domestic equity ETFs increased $146.31 billion since
December 2011, and global equity ETFs assets rose $83.41 billion
during this period. At the end of December 2012, assets of bond
funds were $243.20 billion and hybrid funds were $656 million.
During December, the value of all ETF shares issued exceeded
that of shares redeemed by $32.58 billion. In December 2011,
the value of all ETF shares issued exceeded that of shares redeemed
by $18.52 billion.
The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) with $126 billion in
assets is the world's largest ETF. SPY, which just celebrated its
20-year anniversary on January 22 is also the first U.S. listed ETF
The second largest ETF by assets is the SPDR Gold Shares
(NYSEARCA:GLD) with $70 billion and the Vanguard Emerging Markets
ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO) rounds out the top three with $61 billion.
The ICI'smonthly statistical collection also includes the value of
shares issued and redeemed by exchange-traded funds.
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