Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), the largest U.S. investment bank, is reportedly in talks to acquire exchange traded funds issuer IndexIQ.
Reuters broke the news after the close of U.S. markets Thursday, citing three unidentified sources supposedly familiar with the situation.
Goldman has previously regulatory approval to launch actively managed ETFs, but the firm has not brought those funds to market yet. By acquiring an existing issuer of ETFs, such as IndexIQ, Goldman could soon introduce its own ETFs.
The deal “could be announced within the next few weeks, according to two of the sources. All of the sources wished to remain anonymous because they are not permitted to speak to the media. Two of the sources spoke on Thursday and one on Wednesday,” according to Reuters.
New York-based IndexIQ had nearly $1.2 billion in assets under management as of Oct. 15 with the bulk of those assets ($870 million) found in the IndexIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy ETF (NYSEArca: QAI).