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BlackRock sees ETF assets surpass $2trn

George Geddes

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BlackRock’s ETF business ended 2019 with $185bn in net new assets, taking its total ETF assets under management (AUM) to more than $2trn.

Highlighting its dominance within the ecosystem, the world's largest asset manager accounted for a third (33%) of the global market share which is due to a surge in fixed income ETF adoption and an increased focus on sustainable investing.

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The firm’s asset growth was aided by its iShares fixed income ETF inflows worth $112bn. BlackRock accounts for over 47% of the global market share for fixed income ETFs.

BlackRock’s iShares enters 2020 with $2.2trn AUM globally in tandem with Europe’s ETF industry crossing $1trn in assets.

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Stephen Cohen, head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock, commented: “ETF adoption in Europe accelerated to a record level last year, crossing $1trn in assets, in response to changes in client demands, in markets and regulation.

“Two trends in particular are accelerating in EMEA: the growth of sustainable ETFs with $11bn in AUM and the adoption of fixed income ETFs gathering $43bn in 2019.”

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