ETF Trends
ETF Trends

After the F-Squared Investments fallout, investors have turned to exchange traded fund managed portfolios from more tried-and-true financial industry names.

There were 770 ETF managed portfolio strategies from 153 with $80 billion in total assets under management as of June 2015, according to Morningstar. Assets shrunk by 7% in the second quarter.

After admitting to overstating performance numbers, the F-Squared Investments bankruptcy largely fueled the contraction in the space. Over the second quarter, investors yanked $11 billion out of F-Squared strategies, and the firm is now the sixth-largest in the space, falling from the top spot just six months ago. [F-Squared Down, but not Out]

“Despite this major disruption, the remaining firms were largely unaffected as collective assets remained roughly steady. The net result was a further flattening of the landscape,” according to Morningstar. “As of the end of June, the 10 largest firms held 54% of assets, compared with 68% at the start of the year.”

Meanwhile, Charles Schwab and Vanguard helped pick up the slack. Ling-Wei Hew, a Morningstar analyst, argues that the F-Squared fiasco helped open the way for better-known shops to attract assets, reports Matthew Beaton for Ignites.

““[Y]ou know a Vanguard or a Schwab is not going to taint their reputation by doing the same thing that F-Squared did,” Hew told the Financial Times.

Charles Schwab Investment Advisory saw growth in its relatively new suite of Schwab Managed portfolios, which is distinct from the offerings managed by Schwab subsidiary, Windhaven Investments Management. Schwab Mangaed Portfolios grew threefold to $3.9 billion and is now the fourth-largest manager, according to Morningstar. Schwab acquired Windhaven in 2010.

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