ETFs: Priming the $5 Trillion Pump

Technology and changing investor behaviors are driving the next wave of expansion for exchange-traded funds.


Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, are, to quote Derek Zoolander from the eponymous film, so hot right now. Something is definitely happening in this space, and it mirrors a wider shift in general investor behavior.

The reasons behind this are complex, including the relative simplicity of trading ETFs and the fee structure associated with them, as well as a desire for diversification in buy-side portfolios. But there’s more.

“I think we’ve seen active managers on the back foot over the last few

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