ETFs - Statistics & Facts

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are investment funds traded on the stock exchange. Most of the ETFs have been created in order to replicate the performance of market indices, such as S&P 500. The advantages of ETFs over mutual funds are, among other things, lower costs, the possibility of tracking the performance of the whole market rather than investing in single stocks, and potentially better investment results, as active fund managers tend to underperform the market. The number of Exchange Traded Funds worldwide reached 4,535 in 2017.

The assets of global ETFs increased from 396.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2005 to 4,464.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. The region where the value of ETFs proved to be the largest was the United States, with fund assets amounting to approximately 3.28 trillion U.S. dollars in 2017. Europe followed with ETF assets nearing 750 billion U.S. dollars. The most popular asset class of global ETFs was equity in 2016.

Blackrock was the largest ETF manager in the United States, with 39.2 percent of the market share in 2016. Other leading U.S. ETF providers were State Street, Vanguard and State Street. In the United States, the largest ETF in 2016 was SPDR S&P 500 ETF, managed by State Street, with assets reaching 224.82 billion U.S. dollars.

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