The Securities and Exchange Commission could approve an application by American Funds, one of the largest issuers of mutual funds, to enter the exchange traded funds industry.
Capital Group Cos., the parent company of American Funds, submitted an application for ETFs to the SEC a year ago. A notice from the SEC indicates approval of American Funds’ ETF foray appears likely though there is still time for opponents to request an SEC hearing, though such a hearing is unlikely, reports Trevor Hunnicutt for InvestmentNews.
California-based American Funds has $1.2 trillion in assets under management, or more than half the current AUM tally for the U.S. ETF industry. However, ETFs are the fastest-growing corner of the asset management industry, underscoring the desire of mutual fund companies to become involved with products that institutional investors and advisors are increasingly adopting. [Institutions Boost ETF Usage]
While it took nearly two decades for the ETF industry to reach $2 trillion in assets, it will not need nearly as long to get to $5 trillion, according to a new report by PwC. The PwC repots says the global ETF industry will reach $5 trillion in combined AUM by 2020. [ETFs not Stopping at $2 Trillion]
News of American Funds potentially entering the ETF business represents a reversal from the company’s previous stance on ETFs. The company has been a strident supporter of active management at a time when data indicate many active managers consistently fail to beat their benchmarks.