Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs):
The New Packaged Product of Choice

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Date Published: April 20, 2018
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The purpose of this research is to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of the exchange traded funds (ETFs) market. BlackRock, The Vanguard Group, & State Street Corporation (State Street Global Advisors) dominate the market. Other firms including Invesco PowerShares, WisdomTree Investments, Guggenheim Investment Partners, & ProShares are developing alternative products. Still other firms including The Charles Schwab Corporation, Allianz (PIMCO), & FMR (Fidelity Investments) are challenging the leaders, while other firms, including active management leaders American Funds and T. Rowe Price Group, have thus far eschewed the exchange traded funds (ETFs) market. The emerging actively managed exchange traded funds (ETFs) and managed exchange traded funds (ETFs) programs markets are also addressed herewithin. This research is incorporated into both Tiburon's coverage of registered investment companies and that of index investing.

This research starts by summarizing the key drivers behind the rapid growth in exchange traded funds (ETFs), including exchange traded funds (ETFs)'s advantages: 

  • Incremental Lower Expenses
  • Improved Transparency
  • Additional Tax Efficiency
  • Lack of Cash Drag
  • Liquid & Continuously Priced
  • No Redemption or Short-Term Trading Fees
  • Ability to Place Stop-Loss, Market, & Limit Orders
  • Eligibility for Margin Purchases
  • Advantageous Short Sell Rule

This research addresses the three historical phases of the exchange traded funds (ETFs) market, including: 

  • Emergence Phase
  • Rapid Growth Phase
  • Dominance Phase

    This research defines two product markets, including:

    • Passively Managed Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
    • Actively Managed Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

    This research addresses the three markets & distribution channels for exchange traded funds (ETFs), including:

  • Direct Channels
  • Financial Advisor Channels
  • Institutional Markets

And this research makes the following future predictions for the exchange traded funds (ETFs) market, including: 

  • Substantial Growth in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • Broadening Market Share in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) 
  • Rapid Emergence of Managed Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) Programs
  • Successful Push by Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) into 401K Plans Market
  • Rapid Emergence of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) Outside of the United States
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