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iShares leads global ETP industry flows with USD85.3bn

BlackRock’s iShares business led the global exchange-traded products industry in 2012 by capturing USD85.3bn in new flows of the record-breaking USD262.7bn market flows over the course of the year.

All regions contributed to iShares growth. The iShares US product line led the way with a record USD61.0bn of new assets in 2012, surpassing the previous record for US iShares ETPs of USD59.1bn in 2007. In Europe, the business captured 56 per cent of all new money entering European ETPs, recording USD18.3bn in net new flows. The iShares Canada business also had a strong year, with its assets under management increasing to USD42.0bn, as the broader Canadian market posted the second highest rate of growth in ETF assets of any region for 2012.
 
iShares global AUM reached USD758.6bn as of 31 December 2012.
 
ETPs are attracting a broader base of global investors than ever before, driven by regional regulatory developments, deepening ETP liquidity, and increasing awareness among both retail and institutional clients of the benefits of ETPs. These efficient tools can be used for strategic and tactical asset allocation, access to niche exposures and sectors, cash deployment, and risk management and hedging.
 
Mark Wiedman, global head of iShares, says: “iShares continues to be the go-to product for all types of investors - from capital market participants looking for deep liquidity, to investors seeking specialised exposures, to a growing segment of the market using ETFs as buy and hold investment vehicles.”
 
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