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iShares EMEA reports strong 2011 asset growth

Monday, 09 January 2012
iShares EMEA reports strong 2011 asset growth iShares, the Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) platform of BlackRock, Inc, says its EMEA business generated strong growth in 2011 despite challenging macroeconomic conditions.iShares exceeded $18bn of net new assets in EMEA during 2011, an increase of 43% from 2010 net new assets of $12.6bn. iShares total assets under management (AUM) in the region increased 4% to $105.9bn as at the end of December 2011. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

iShares, the Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) platform of BlackRock, Inc, says its EMEA business generated strong growth in 2011 despite challenging macroeconomic conditions.iShares exceeded $18bn of net new assets in EMEA during 2011, an increase of 43% from 2010 net new assets of $12.6bn. iShares total assets under management (AUM) in the region increased 4% to $105.9bn as at the end of December 2011.

iShares also says it captured over 70% of all flows into ETFs in EMEA in 2011, and maintained its position as the market leader in assets. There was particular interest in US equity, German equity and corporate bond funds. According to Joe Linari, head of iShares EMEA, notes: "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."

He adds: "The product pipeline for 2012 is strong, and we see opportunities for further expanding our fixed income range with new exposures that meet demand for return and yield oriented products.”

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