October 2009 resulted a much different, and much brighter, picture for the overall exchange traded fund (ETF) industry.

The National Stock Exchange reports that the total number of assets in U.S.-listed ETFs and exchange traded notes (ETNs) rose about 44% from October 2008. The number of assets in ETFs totaled $707.4 billion at the end of the month.

Net cash flows for from all ETFs and ETNs totaled more than $72 billion. There are about 808 exchange traded products listed to date, and of those, 401 have assets of more than $1 million. Apparently, investors are not spooked by the market climate as much as once thought. (Our October ETF performance report is here).

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