ETPs/ETFs listed globally reached $2.64 trillion in assets, a new record high, at the end of Q2 2014, according to analysis at ETFGI. In the past two years the assets invested in ETFs/ETPs have increased by nearly $1 trillion or 57% from the $1.68 trillion at the end of the first half of 2012.
The potential for absolute growth in index, smart beta and active ETFs and relative growth when compared to mutual and hedge funds means many asset managers are considering how they should participate in the ETF industry. This comes as existing ETF managers are looking at how they might expand to new jurisdictions globally. The options traditional managers can pursue include: the level of resources and time required to participate in the ETF industry is greater as you move down the list of options