World of ETFs Continues to Surge

by Kyle Woodley | March 8, 2012 11:09 am

The latest ETF Snapshot report provided by State Street (NYSE:STT[1]) asset managing division State Street Global Advisors[2] shows exchange-traded fund assets in the U.S. alone have grown to an all-time high $1.18 trillion across more than 1,200 funds. The chart below, provided by SSGA, shows ETF growth since 2002:

Assets under management have grown 12.7% in the first two months of 2012, and net inflows were $11.95 in February alone.

Emerging market ETFs, such as the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index (NYSE:EEM[3]) fund, saw $4.5 billion in net new inflows. And fixed income ETFs, such as the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSE:TLT[4]), saw $4.1 billion in net new inflows.

Large-cap ETFs, such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE:SPY[5]), actually suffered $4.8 billion in net outflows a month after gaining the same amount.

Check out InvestorPlace‘s ETF Investing section[6] for fund analysis and news.

Kyle Woodley[7] is the assistant editor of[8]. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Follow him on Twitter at @KyleWoodley[9].

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