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 6,478 in 2018.

Blackrock was the largest ETF manager worldwide, with 37 percent of the market share in 2018. Other leading 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.

The assets of global ETFs increased from 417 billion U.S. dollars in 2005 to 4,685 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. 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.

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Exchange Traded Funds

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Assets managed by U.S. ETFs



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