Exchange-traded fund assets increased by 3.1% or $7.87 billion to $259.36 from August through the end of September, according to DowJones.

Equity ETFs were responsible for $7.58 billion of the total assets for the month, and bond ETFs went from $292 million to $13.96 billion.

Most of the assets came from international equity ETFs, which increased by $6.13 billion. Domestic ETFs gained a mere  $1.45 billion.

Today, there are 122 domestic equity ETFs, 48 global/international ETFs and six bond ETFs.

According to a separate report from the world's leading ETF provider, Barclay's Global Investors, assets of small-cap ETFs down by 2% in September, while large- and mid-cap ETFs were up by 1%.

Assets in energy and financial ETFs rose 20% and 21%, respectively. Assets in real estate dropped 4%.

International ETF assets increased by 13% and fixed-income ETFs by 2%

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