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Use of exchange-traded funds in the UK will likely get a push from IFAs who increasingly turn to the vehicle in response to the Financial Services Authority’s new regulations promoting investor trust and confidence, according to a report by BlackRock’s global ETF research and implementation strategy group.

The first “ETF Landscape” report for the UK market shows that assets under management in UK-listed ETFs have doubled since 2008, with increasingly risk-conscious investors turning to the vehicle to meet their desire for greater transparency of investment price, holdings, and risk-return features. 

As of 31 March, 239 unique ETFs with assets of USD49.8bn and exposure to equity, index and commodity indices were listed on the London Stock Exchange, one of the first exchanges to list ETFs in Europe more than ten years ago.
 
In the UK, all types of institutional and retail investors including IFAs are embracing ETFs as an asset allocation tool. According to BlackRock, IFAs are likely to increase their use of ETFs because they are particularly well aligned with the intent of the FSA’s Retail Distribution Review proposals, which among other goals are intended to improve clarity of investment advice for consumers.

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