Exchange-traded funds attracted approximately $5.6 billion in net assets in the third quarter ended Sep. 30, according to preliminary estimates from Strategic Insight of New York.

Combined with the $17.6 billion in net assets that exchange-traded funds attracted in the first half of the year, these instruments have garnered $23.2 billion in net assets so far this year, according to Strategic Insight. Exchange-traded funds, which now have a total of $57.5 billion in assets, have experienced significant growth in 2000, according to Strategic Insight.

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