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Yahoo Finance – ETF Assets Slowly Gaining on Mutual Funds
While the $10 trillion U.S. mutual fund market dwarfs the $1.1 trillion exchange traded fund industry, inflows into ETF products have been consistently positive, whereas mutual funds inflows are sputtering. U.S. listed ETF inflows are at a consistent $118 billion per year, according to a Center for Due Diligence research note. U.S. equity ETFs drew in $85 billion in net inflows in the the three years up to the end of 2011, compared to the $200 billion in outflows experienced in equity mutual funds. Fixed-income ETFs also saw notable inflows of $121 billion over the same period. Additionally, the growing class of “specialty” or niche strategy products is also just getting off its feet, garnering $653 million in assets over the past three years.BlackRock’s iShares , State Street Global Advisors and Vanguard are the three largest ETF providers, in that order. However, Vanguard has been attracting greater inflows over the past two years, which suggests that the company’s low-cost products are enticing more investors.

Source: Bianco Research

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2 Responses to “An Updated Look At ETF Assets”

  1. Sechel says:

    ETF’s scare me.
    They are in vogue and I’m wary of something that people are lining up to sell.
    They can contain counter-party risk via synthetic positions, so are you a lender here or what?
    That they can trade at a discount or premium brings up the VelocityShares volatility ETN fiasco

    We seem to be nation of E-Trade baby traders who either buy things they don’t understand or get a case of “shpilkes” two minutes after entering into a trade. If you are into for the long term, diversification comes with just 8 good stocks and over time you save on expenses and know at all times what you own.

  2. VennData says:

    Don’t be scared Sechel. ETFs and low cost, capital-gain tax free ways of owning the entire market.

    Stay away from pricey niche plays. Buy broad ETFs like VTI, SPY, BND and BIV and that should not only form your core portfolio, but the whole thing. Stay away to commodiry ETFs. The big ETFs of broad indexes have small, irrelevant discounts and premiums.

    Your discussion about ‘counter party risk’ and making about lending is irrelevant. ETFs should e the main tool in the portfolio.