ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Retail traders are taking on more risk by purchasing ETFs following equity sectors and commodities, according to a report from Charles Schwab Corp.

Among this client segment, about 35% of flows went into sector ETFs in the first quarter to lead all categories, and a big jump from the fourth quarter. [Commodity ETF Assets Hit Record]

“Retail traders sought exposure to real estate, financials and technology,” Schwab said in a quarterly update.

ETF assets custodied at Schwab stood at $138 billion as of March 31, 2012, up 14% from the same period in 2011.

The firm also manages its own ETFs that boast very low fees. [Charles Schwab Gaining in ETFs]

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