The exchange-traded funds industry continues to boom, as assets under management topped a record $1.29 trillion as of the end of the third quarter of this year, according to the ETF Snapshot: September 2012, from State Street Global Advisors.

Total assets have climbed 22.7% year-to-date through the first three-quarters of 2012, and there were 1,263 ETFs operating in the industry, the report noted.

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