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Source research shows IFAs believe ETF assets will rise further


New research from ETF provider Source reveals that a majority of IFAs, some 56 per cent, expect assets under management in ETFs globally to rise further in 2017, following record in-flows of USD389 billion into ETFs in 2016.

Just 3 per cent of IFAs expect a decrease in global assets in ETFs while just over a quarter (26 per cent) expect it to stay the same.
Asked specifically about their own clients, one in seven IFAs (15 per cent) expects to raise clients’ exposure to ETFs in 2017 versus just 3 per cent who see it decreasing. The majority (70 per cent) expect allocations to stay the same.

Previous research by Source among IFAs found average client AUM in ETFs and other ETPs was 12 per cent; over half (59 per cent) said ETFs accounted for up to 15 per cent of client AUM.

Dr Chris Mellor (pictured), Executive Director, Equity Product Management at Source, says: “We are seeing increasing interest from IFAs and other intermediaries in ETFs and expect 2017 to be another strong year of growth among this stakeholder base. ETFs continue to deliver compelling benefits to them and their clients, including excellent diversification at a very competitive cost. The capacity to efficiently access key sectors such as commodities and fintech is another significant benefit that we believe will drive strong global interest in ETFs across the year ahead.”

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