The growth in the ETF industry has been phenomenal. Since the launch of the first ETF in 1993, the ETF industry has grown to over US$2.4 trillion in assets with over 4,980 ETFs available around the world. iShares is the world's leading provider of ETFs, with over 700 ETF funds available worldwide and over US$920 billion in assets under management.

The graph shows the global growth in ETF and iShares assets during the past eleven years.

Asian investors are increasingly using ETFs in their portfolio strategies. In 2006, iShares MSCI India was listed on the SGX, becoming the world's first ETF outside of India to offer investors a convenient and cost-effective way to access the India equities market.

Source: BlackRock ETP Landscape Industry Highlights, Bloomberg, December 2013