Pace of U.S. Stock ETF Inflows Will Quicken, Goldman Says

The ETF universe has attracted record inflows year after year, and the pace is only expected to quicken in 2018 as the ongoing shift from active to passive investing accelerates.

Goldman Sachs projects asset inflows into ETFs is poised to pick up pace next year and hit a record high, with flows into U.S. stock ETFs expected to surge by a third to $400 billion, reports Adam Samson for the Financial Times.

“The secular shift from active to passive management should persist next year, driving inflows into equity ETFs and outflows from mutual funds,” portfolio strategist Arjun Menon said.

Fueling the increased dissatisfaction for traditional actively managed open-end mutual funds, many active managers have underperformed benchmark indices over the years, and investors are growing fed up with paying high fees for the underperformance.

For example, according to the latest S&P Dow Jones Indices’ SPIVA U.S. scorecard for mid-year 2017, 56.6% of large-cap active managers underperformed the S&P 500 at over the year ended June 2017, while 60.7% of mid-cap managers underperformed the S&P MidCap 400 and 59.6% of small-cap managers underperformed the S&P SmallCap 600.

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