Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have had a busy week. During this past week, U.S. equity ETFs issued $1.2 billion. Futures-related ETFs issued $396 million, nonfutures-related ETFs issued $3.6 billion and short ETFs issued $201 million. The leading issuers were DIAMONDS Trust, series 1 (DIA), which issued $2.0 billion; iShares Russell 1000 Growth Index (IWF), which issued $493 million; and Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ), which issued $400 million, according to a Trim Tabs Weekly Liquidity Review for Forbes.

The leading redeemers were iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM), which redeemed $965 million; SPDRs (SPY), which redeemed $626 million; and Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB), which redeemed $523 million.

As of September 28, 2007, 560 ETFs in the U.S. were offered by 17 ETF providers, with assets totaling about $554 billion. Fifteen new ETFs were launched during September.

International and size-based ETFs experienced considerable asset growth, respectively gaining $18 billion and $17 billion, with sector, commodity, style, specialty, and fixed-income ETFs all adding more than $1 billion each. Of the 17 managers, Barclays had the largest assets under management at $311 billion across 139 ETFs, followed by State Street with $133 billion in assets under management across 60 ETFs, according to a State Street Global Advisors newsletter.


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