September 28, 2016
More than two-thirds of advisors expect to increase use of ETFs in the next year
JERSEY CITY, N.J., September 28, 2016 - Despite the commonly held view that exchange traded funds (ETFs) are most popular with younger investors, a new whitepaper from Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company, in conjunction with Beacon Strategies LLC, finds that investors between the ages of 51-70 who work with advisors are, in fact, the largest users of ETFs, followed by those over the age of 71.
The report, The Evolving ETF: Using Exchange Traded Funds in Client Portfolios, surveyed more than 1,500 advisors in the U.S and around the globe. More than two-thirds of advisors who use ETFs intend to increase their usage over the next 12 months, while 55 percent said that more than half of their clients already have ETFs in their portfolios.
"The widespread assumption across the investment management industry is that the continued growth and popularity of ETFs is being driven by younger investors. However, advisors are telling us that this is not necessarily the case," said Justin Fay, director of financial solutions for alternative investments and ETFs at Pershing.
"We found that ETF usage in portfolios is most prominent among the Baby Boomer and Greatest Generation populations, mainly because these investors have become increasingly aware of the cost efficiency and access to a variety of styles that ETFs may provide, which can help them achieve their financial goals," he added.
Pershing and Beacon Strategies' whitepaper revealed a number of other key findings, such as:
The whitepaper also incorporates interviews with various industry stakeholders, including advisors, registered investment advisor (RIA) executives, global wealth managers and ETF managers, looking at a range of other ETF-related issues such as:
"ETFs can be a particularly attractive investment option for advisors, offering customizable solutions and potentially lower-cost access to markets, countries and sectors than many other comparable investment vehicles. While the RIA channel continues to dominate in terms of ETF use, we are seeing increased adoption across other channels, particularly independent broker-dealers who are implementing ETFs more frequently within portfolios, and this trend is expected to continue," concluded Fay.
To obtain a copy of Pershing's whitepaper, The Evolving ETF: Using Exchange Traded Funds in Client Portfolios please visit https://www.pershing.com/our-thinking/thought-leadership/advisor-use-of-exchange-traded-funds-in-client-portfolios
About BNY Mellon's Pershing
BNY Mellon’s Pershing and its affiliates provide advisors, broker-dealers, family offices, hedge fund and ’40 Act fund managers, registered investment advisor firms and wealth managers with a broad suite of global financial business solutions. Many of the world’s most sophisticated and successful financial services firms rely on Pershing for clearing and custody, investment and retirement solutions, technology, enterprise data management, trading services, prime brokerage and business consulting. Pershing helps clients improve profitability and drive growth, create capacity and efficiency, attract and retain talent, and manage risk and regulation. With a network of 23 offices worldwide, Pershing provides business-to-business solutions to clients representing more than 6 million investor accounts globally. Pershing LLC (member FINRA, NYSE, SIPC) is a BNY Mellon company. Additional information is available on pershing.com, or follow us on Twitter @Pershing.
About BNY Mellon
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of March 31, 2017, BNY Mellon had $30.6 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.7 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com. Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at www.bnymellon.com/newsroom for the latest company news.