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ETF Assets Jump 27% in 2012

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For December, the value of all ETF shares issued exceeded that of those redeemed by $32.58 billion, up from $18.52 billion in December 2011.

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The combined assets of US-listed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) jumped and ended 2012 at $1.337 trillion, according to the Investment Company Institute (ICI).

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 US-listed ETF launched.



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's monthly statistical collection also includes the value of shares issued and redeemed by exchange-traded funds.

Editor's note: This story originally appeared on ETFguide.com

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