Innovations in Indexing Help Support ETF Growth

One of the unsung heroes of the phenomenal growth in the exchange traded fund space is the index providers behind the scenes that helped expand the passive, index-based ETF universe.

ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Shaun Wurzbach, Managing Director and Global Head of Financial Advisor Channel at S&P Dow Jones Indices, at the Inside ETFs conference that ran Jan. 22-25, 2017 to talk about developments in the indexing world.

“Our SPIVA data and persistence data; they make the case that indexing is effective within the core space, but our focus these days with advisors is to talk about things like dividend strategies and factor based,” Wurzbach said. “You think about the type of institutional strategies that can be indexed.”

Some may think that index providers would have a hard time getting along with active money managers, but advisors are increasingly look for new ways to gain exposure to the markets.