Adviser usage of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) continues to evolve and the products are becoming a cornerstone of their portfolios, says a study by Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) and ETF.com. The ‘2016 US ETF Investor Survey’ found one-third hold at least 11 ETFs in their portfolios. As well, for the second year in a row, the largest number of respondents have six to 10 ETFs in their portfolios. It also found 97 per cent of investors plan to maintain or add to their smart-beta positions next year. Minimum volatility and quality strategies are top priorities when selecting a smart beta ETF. Investors are looking for ETF options in international fixed income and commodities.
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