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ETFs By The Numbers

Bob Pisani has provided coverage from the world's biggest ETF conference this week. More than 800 people are attending this 3rd annual conference - double the number of participants from the first conference back in 2008.

Having gained tremendous popularity particularly over the past 5 years, the ETF industry is now a big business, with assets under management expected to crack $1 trillion sometime this year and the number of ETFs to break 1,000 as well. That's certainly a far cry from when the very first ETF, SPDR S&P 500 (SPY), was launched back in 1993.

Take a look at some other impressive tidbits on the size and scope of the industry today.

ETFs: By the Numbers (As of December 2009)

  • 30 - Number of ETF Companies
  • 819 - Total Number of ETFs (Up from 747 in 2008)
  • 125 - Number of ETFs with at least $1 billion in assets
  • $782 Billion - Total ETF Assets (Up 46% from Prior Year)
  • $116 Billion - Net ETF Inflows in 2009
  • 93% - Combined Market Share of the 5 Largest ETF Firms
  • 521 - Number of New ETFs in Registration

Source: NSX/SSgA/IndexUniverse.com

The ETF Explosion

Number of ETFs

  • 1993 1
  • 1997 19
  • 2001 102
  • 2005 204
  • 2009 819

Source: ICI/SSgA

Diversifying Portfolios with ETFs

ETFs currently on the market give exposure to:

  • 32 countries
  • 16 commodities
  • 14 currencies
  • 30 different parts of the bond markets

Source: Matt Hougan, IndexUniverse.com

Biggest ETF Companies

(By Assets Under Management)

  1. Blackrock/iShares $373 Billion
  2. State Street Global Advisors $189 Billion
  3. Vanguard $92 Billion
  4. Invesco PowerShares $46 Billion
  5. ProShares $24 Billion

Source: National Stock Exchange

Biggest ETFs

(By Assets Under Management)

  1. SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $85 Billion
  2. SPDR Gold (GLD) $40 Billion
  3. iShares MSCI-Emerging Mkts. $39 Billion
  4. iShares MSCI-EAFE $35 Billion
  5. iShares S&P 500 $22 Billion

Source: National Stock Exchange

ETF Assets Under Management

(As of December 2009)

  • U.S. Stock ETFs $378 Billion
  • Int'l. Stock ETFs $209 Billion
  • Fixed Income ETFs $106 Billion
  • Commodity ETFs $68 Billion
  • Currency ETFs $8 Billion

Source: National Stock Exchange

Most Actively Traded ETFs

(Ranked by 2009 Share Volume)

  1. SPDR S&P 500 (SPY)
  2. SPDR Financial (XLF)
  3. PowerShares QQQ (QQQQ)
  4. Direxion Daily Financials Bull 3x
  5. Direxion Daily Financials Bear 3x

Source: National Stock Exchange

ETF Fund Flows in 2009

  • Fixed Income ETFs $45 Billion in Inflows
  • Int'l. Stock ETFs $37 Billion in Inflows
  • Commodity ETFs $29 Billion in Inflows
  • Currency ETFs $4 Billion in Inflows
  • U.S. Stock ETFs $3 Billion in Outflows

Source: National Stock Exchange

ETFs' Low Cost Advantage

Average Expense Ratio

  • Equity Mutual Funds: 1.57%
  • Equity ETFs: 0.54%

Source: SSgA

ETFs' Low Cost Advantage

Average Expense Ratio

  • Fixed Income Mutual Funds: 0.99%
  • Fixed Income ETFs: 0.25%

Source: SSgA

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