March 30, 2005 — The combined assets of the nation’s exchange-traded funds (ETFs) edged up to $223.9 billion at the end of February, from $222.9 billion at the end of January, according to data released by the Investment Company Institute (ICI).
ETF assets totaled $226.2 billion at the end of December 2004.
At the end of February, 152 ETFs were in operation, the same as in the prior month. Of that total, 103 ETFs tracked domestic stock indexes and held assets of $175.6 billion. Forty-three ETFs tracked global/international equity indexes and held assets of $38.1 billion. Another six ETFs tracked bond indexes, holding assets of $10.1 billion.
The ICI also noted that assets of domestic equity ETFs decreased by $3.8 billion in the month, while international equity ETF assets increased by $4.1 billion.