Charles Schwab Platform Provides a Clearer Picture on ETF Growth

The exchange traded fund universe has quickly expanded, and to provide a better glimpse of the rapid growth in the ETF industry, Charles Schwab has kept a finger on the pulse through its widely utilized trading platform.

ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Heather Fischer, V.P. of ETF Platform Management at Charles Schwab, and Anthony Davidow, V.P. of Alternative Beta & Asset Allocation Strategist at the Schwab Center for Financial Research, at the Inside ETFs conference that ran Jan. 22-25, 2017 to talk about trends they are seeing on the Charles Schwab platform.

“We continue to see an embracing of ETFs in both our retail and RIA client,” Fischer said. “I see a trend that was different this year was a rotation home for both of them. We saw a lot more flows into U.S. equities and U.S. fixed income than we saw the previous year, and a drop in flows in terms of international equities.”

Schwab has also expanded its commission-free ETF platform to help grow ETF assets and help investors generate higher overall returns by reducing the cost of trades.