Assets under management in managed accounts reached $1.49 trillion at the end of 2007, the Money Management Institute reports.

The total represents a 20.1% increase over $1.24 trillion in managed account assets reported for the year before, says MMI, Washington.

Separately managed accounts posted an asset gain of 12.7% year over year, to $764 billion, while the mutual fund advisory segment gained 25.6%, to $453 billion.

Despite a slight asset decline in the fourth quarter, the long-term mutual fund industry grew almost 11% for the year, capturing $234.9 billion in net sales.

Exchange-traded funds saw net inflows of $146 billion, up 126% over 2006′s $64 billion, as 291 ETFs were launched in 2007.

Variable product asset growth for the year had net sales of $27 billion, about equal to the tally a year earlier, says MMI.