Assets invested globally in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) broke through the $2 trillion milestone at the end of January 2013 to reach a new all-time high of $2.05 trillion. ETF and ETP assets have increased by 5.2% from $1.95 trillion to $2.05 trillion during January, according to figures from ETFGI’s monthly Global ETF and ETP industry insights.
Market performance contributed to the increase in the value of assets held in ETFs and ETPs as 18 of the top 20 markets globally showed gains in January. Two of the markets with strong gains were the U.S. and the UK where history has shown that a strong January tends to be a good predictor for the rest of the year. A review of history in both markets shows that strong January performance is typically followed by positive returns in the subsequent 11 months………………………………………..Full Article: Source