Which ETF Players Are Growing Fastest?
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Friday, December 11, 2015

Which ETF Players Are Growing Fastest?

In absolute terms, BlackRock's iShares [profile] is winning the 2015 ETF race. Yet proportional growth figures tell a different story.

Laurence D. Fink
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Global Executive Committee Leader
Cinthia Murphy of notes that this year BlackRock's ETF assets have risen 8.7 percent to pass $827 billion, which translates into an ETF AUM jump of $66 billion. ETF AUM at Vanguard [profile], now the number two ETF provider by AUM, has risen more than 13 percent in 2015 to $483 billion, a jump of $56 billion.

On an absolute basis, WisdomTree's [profile] ETF AUM rose about $21 billion. Put another way, that's a 54-percent AUM jump, from $39 billion to about $60 billion.

Next, proportionately, is Goldman Sachs [profile], whose ETP assets rose from about $170 million to nearly $550 million so far this year, a 218-percent increase. In absolute terms, though, a $380-million ETF AUM increase seems quite modest.

Deutsche Bank [profile], per's numbers, is growing even faster proportionately, seeing its AUM jump 425 percent. It entered 2015 with less than $4.5 billion in total ETF AUM and now has more than $21.7 billion. That translates ito a $17.2-billion AUM increase. By comparison, WisdomTree started the year with more than eight times Deutsche's ETF AUM, yet Deutsche managed to add nearly 82 percent of what WisdomTree added.

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