The Exchange Traded Products industry recorded its best ever start to a year, attracting net new assets of $67.3 billion in the first quarter of 2012, a 57% increase over the $42.8billion gained in the first quarter of 2011, according to the Q1 2012 ETP Landscape Report released by BlackRock. The first quarter 2011 figure had previously been the best annual start on record.

Further, the inflow for 2012’s first quarter outpaced 2011’s fourth quarter figure, of $44.8 billion, by 50%. The last time a first quarter out-collected a fourth quarter was in 1996.

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