Smart Beta: How Professional Managers Are Advancing ETF Boundaries

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Written by: Rolf Agather | FTSE Russell

At the Inside Smart Beta conference I attended in September, it was impossible not to leave without being impressed by the continued evolution of the ETF space and in particular the influx of talent that is raising the level of industry conversation.

It really hit home in my own panel – A Macro View: Factor Strategies for the Next Five Years – in which ETF strategist firms discussed the construction of modern ETF portfolios. The main takeaways: while index-based ETFs have attracted significant assets representing $2.4 trillion in the US alone[1], asset managers and advisors are taking advantage of the growing range of indexes and ETFs based on them, particularly in the factor arena, to build much more sophisticated portfolios than was possible even just a few years ago.