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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Jan. 28, 2016 – Total exchange-traded fund (ETF) assets hit an all-time high of $2.2 trillion in 2015, driven by the continued growth in popularity of passive investment vehicles, according to quarterly data released today by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) via its Fund Distribution Intelligence. Comparatively, total long-term mutual fund assets held by financial intermediaries decreased by $161 billion to $7.29 trillion in the full year of 2015, while ETF assets increased by $124 billion in the same period.
“The increased usage of passive investments across all distribution channels accelerated in 2015. Our analysis shows that passively managed index and ETF assets increased by two percent during 2015, while actively managed funds and ETFs saw a one percent decrease,” said Frank Polefrone, senior vice president of Broadridge’s data and analytics business. “We expect this trend to continue in 2016, as the increased usage of ETFs and index funds continues for core allocations.”
According to Broadridge’s Fund Distribution Intelligence findings, retail distribution channels experienced a larger increased usage of passive products, with an increase of 2.6 percent, versus institutional channels which increased by 1.6 percent. This increase brought the usage of passively managed products to 31 percent across all channels, a two percentage point market share increase during 2015.
With an increased use of both index funds and ETFs by advisors and in model portfolios, passively managed fund and ETF assets increased to 26 percent of overall fund and ETF assets held by retail distributors over the past year. Among retail channels, registered investment advisors and online retail shareholders utilizing discount brokerage firms are the largest users of passive products at 30 and 58 percent respectively. Alternatively, independent broker dealers continue to be the highest users of active funds, holding more than 80 percent in active investments.
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Broadridge’s Fund Distribution Intelligence comprises the most complete sales and asset data collection in the industry, creating transparency into more than $9 trillion of long-term mutual fund and ETF assets across a majority of mutual fund distributors.
Broadridge Financial Solutions (NYSE: BR), a global Fintech leader with more than $6 billion in revenues, provides the critical infrastructure that powers investing, corporate governance and communications to enable better financial lives. We deliver technology-driven solutions that drive business transformation for banks, broker-dealers, asset and wealth managers and public companies. Broadridge’s infrastructure serves as a global communications hub enabling corporate governance by linking thousands of public companies and mutual funds to tens of millions of individual and institutional investors around the world. Our technology and operations platforms underpin the daily trading of more than U.S. $10 trillion of equities, fixed income and other securities globally. A certified Great Place to Work®, Broadridge is part of the S&P 500® Index, employing over 14,000 associates in 21 countries.
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