BlackRock plans to get active in active ETFs, its chairman and chief executive said Wednesday. “BlackRock will be joining and building many active ETFs,’’ Laurence Fink said on the company’s conference call discussing its earnings in the second quarter.

Out of the $50 billion of new investment put into exchange-traded funds last year, only about $800 million of it was placed in active funds, where managers move in and out of positions to maximize returns. This, he said, represents an opportunity.

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