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iShares The Big Winner For 2011

Written by Staff

January 09, 2012 12:56 (CET)

ETFs may have attracted a lot of bad press last year, but for iShares’ European business, there really was no such thing as bad publicity.

As regulators issued a series of warnings on the dangers of synthetic ETFs, investors piled into physically-replicated funds such as those offered by the world’s largest ETF issuer, helping iShares secure 70 percent of all new inflows into European ETFs last year.

The ETF platform of BlackRock reported a 43 percent growth in net new assets last year, which grew from US$12.6 billion in 2010 to US$18 billion. Its total assets under management were up 4 percent to US$105.9bn for the year.

iShares’ US equity, German equity and corporate bond funds proved particularly popular with investors, with the US$11.6 million of inflows into its DAX ETF making it the star performer for the firm.

Joe Linhares, head of iShares for the EMEA region, said: “In a year where investors faced challenging macroeconomic conditions and looked to avoid risk, iShares had a very successful 2011.

“As more investors return to the market and reposition portfolios in 2012, we believe ETFs will attract significant new interest and we are upbeat on the prospects for continued industry growth. Investors increasingly recognise the value of ETFs as transparent, liquid and highly regulated vehicles through which they can execute strategies and build up longer-term allocations.

Much of iShares’ success came at the expense of its rivals that focus on synthetically-replicated products, such as Lyxor and db X-trackers, which both suffered net outflows during 2011.






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Friday, January 27, 2012 14:43 (CET)

Posted By Paul Amery

Paul Amery

By comparing two low-volatility offerings in the US, it’s easy to see why ETFs continue to gain at the expense of other funds



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