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ETFs: 2009 Year-in-Review

ETF popularity from last year continues into 2010.

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The U.S. exchange-traded fund industry continues to evolve and attract assets. U.S. ETFs closed out 2009 with $785 billion in assets, up from roughly $533 billion at the end of 2008. In 2009, investors poured $104.1 billion in net new assets into ETFs, following a banner year in 2008 that saw ETFs draw some $156.6 billion in net inflows. Of the industry's 47% increase in year-over-year total net assets, roughly 40% was attributable to net inflows during the past year, while the remaining 60% was the result of strong market performance.

A total of 134 new ETFs were launched in 2009. There was a relatively broad range of funds introduced during the course of the year, with U.S. equity (37 ETF launches last year), leveraged and inverse (33), fixed-income (30), and international equity (24) being the most popular categories, in terms of product proliferation.

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