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With assets climbing to more than USD725bn in just 15 years, exchange-traded funds are one of the industry’s fastest-growing investment vehicles, according to Grail Advisors, a develope

With assets climbing to more than USD725bn in just 15 years, exchange-traded funds are one of the industry’s fastest-growing investment vehicles, according to Grail Advisors, a developer and distributer of active ETFs.

According to a paper published by the firm, Exchange-Traded Funds: A Passive Past and an Active Future, ETFs are popular because they are easy to buy, inexpensive to own, tax efficient and transparent in terms of portfolio allocation.

‘ETFs enable investors to trade a portfolio of stocks with a single investment as easily as if they were buying an individual stock," the paper states.

The paper cites a recent survey by Charles Schwab which found 79 per cent of registered investment advisers are looking to ETFs as the top investment vehicles for their clients.

"For mutual fund managers and financial advisers, the report outlines why investors are increasingly moving out of traditional mutual funds and putting money into ETFs," says William M. Thomas, chief executive of Grail Advisors. "Market appreciation is uncertain, of course, and so are immediate flows into actively-managed funds, but we think it’s reasonable to expect worldwide ETF assets to reach the USD1trn milestone in the very near term."

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