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Low Cost, Transparency and Ease of Trading Drive Advisors’ Use of ETFs

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been one of the bright spots in U.S. markets over the past few years—their assets have grown at almost 30% a year since 2005 and now total well over $1 trillion. In its most basic form, an ETF is an open-end fund (typically, tracking an index) that trades on an exchange. It has a unique creation and redemption process for primary transactions and provides daily transparency of holdings. Introduced in the U.S. 18 years ago, ETFs have been steadily gai

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