ETF Growth Slows Way Down

January 7th, 2012
in econ_news

Econintersect:  The total dollar amount invested in ETFs (exchange traded funds) has doubled over the past three years but the rate of growth has etf-logosslowed during that time and almost came to a standstill in 2011.  The dollar value invested in ETFs at the end of last year stood at $1.06 trillion, up 5% from $1.01 trillion at the end of 2010.  The amount invested in Global and International stock ETFs actually declined by almost 14%, as European and Asian stocks performed much more poorly than other areas of the market.  Of the largest dollar amount categories the big winner was Fixed Income, up almost 35% as bonds soared.

Follow up:

The growth in ETFs has been one of the major stories in investment history.  Eleven years ago, at the end of 2000, only $66 billion was invested in ETFs.  That means that the category has grown by 1,506% over eleven years, or a compounded average annual growth of 29% a year.  The average annual growth over the last three years, including 2011, was 24%.  That puts the 5% growth in 2011 in perspective – it was very poor.  Is the gild off the lily?



Source:  Securities Technology Monitor

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