RIA Trend Report 2016: Expected Change in the Use of ETFs in the Next Three Years

RIA Trend Report 2016: Expected Change in the Use of ETFs in the Next Three Years

Exchange-Traded Funds

This question has yielded very consistent responses over the past three surveys. The percentage of advisors who expect to increase the use of ETFs over the next three years tallies 47% this year, flat with last year and comparable to 49% in 2013. Exactly half of advisors expect to maintain their allocation to ETFs, a percentage nearly identical to last year. Finally, the percentage of advisors aiming to decrease their ETF usage in the next three years is essentially unchanged also, at 3% compared to 4% in 2014 and 3% in 2013 results. Overall these responses paint a picture of exchange traded funds continuing to gain share at the expense of other types of investment vehicles, but perhaps at a steadier rate of increase going forward. We look forward to next year’s survey to yield some light on whether the 2015 late summer pricing issues with many ETFs has an impact on expected usage going forward. 

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