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Fixed Income ETFs Hit Record Levels

Global asset flows for exchange traded products (ETPs), and fixed income exchange traded funds (ETFs) specifically, hit record levels during the month of January, illustrating a continuing market “revolution” globally as investors increasingly turn to fixed income ETFs in an effort to help restore investment yield to their portfolios.

According to the BlackRock Investment Institute’s latest “ETP Landscape” report released today, the global exchanged traded product (ETP) industry had its best month of January ever with $34.1 billion of net inflows, representing a 144% increase in inflows over the previous record set in January 2011 and up 116% from December 2011. Also, according to the ETP Landscape, fixed income ETPs set a new global monthly record, attracting $9.0 billion in January 2012 up from the previous monthly record set of $6.7 billion set in January 2009.

“In this challenging environment with sustained levels of low yield, now more than ever investors are looking for new ways to generate income,” said Peter Fisher, Senior Managing Director and head of BlackRock’s Fixed Income Portfolio Management. “We see a quiet revolution building in the asset class as more and more investors learn how to use fixed income ETFs to build portfolios that combine low risk with the potential for yield.”

Over the last decade, fixed income ETFs have helped democratize access to fixed income markets by creating new centers of transparent liquidity and offering investors a cost efficient way to express a view on specific fixed income sectors.

“At iShares, we created the first fixed income ETF nearly ten years ago to offer efficient access to a wide range of fixed income markets and we’re thrilled to see institutional and retail investors embracing the benefits of these products,” said Matt Tucker, Head of iShares Fixed Income Investment Strategy. “Passive fixed income ETFs are essential building blocks of a portfolio and make particular sense during this period of historically low yield.”

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