Asset inflows into global exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products hit an all-time high at the end of Q3 2012, with a total of $188 billion generated so far this year – $18 billion more than last year's previous record-setting number.

London, England-based research and consulting firm ETFGI LLP has run the numbers and says that total assets in worldwide ETFs and ETPs reached $1.86 trillion at the end of Q3, even higher than August 2012′s record $1.76 trillion.

Year-to-date assets are up 21.7 percent, from a $1.53 trillion start. ETFGI's recordkeeping follows 4,690 ETFs and ETPs, with 9,626 listings from 204 providers on 56 exchanges.

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