Morningstar ETF Conference to Merge With Sister Investment Conference

“Broadly speaking, new sponsors will have opportunity by adding new value, likely more niche products,” Powers told RIABiz. “First, there is a large population of incumbents, and second, there is little opportunity to compete at a profitable scale. If [new products] don’t differentiate in product design or exposures, some form of traditional active is how many firms look at ETF’s as ‘my only shot.'”

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Vanguard Group is also pushing toward actively managed ETFs as the money manager recently received regulatory approval to offer ETF versions of its actively managed mutual funds.

All-in-all, the decision to merge the ETF Conference to MIC may not be interpreted as a bad thing. It just goes to show that the passive, index-based ETF space has grown so large and prominent among investors where it can stand on equal footing with something catered around the huge open-end, mutual fund industry.

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