Exchange-traded funds may be “here to stay” but the need for education continues, according to the 2012 ETF Investor Study by Charles Schwab.

Specifically, the study revealed that 41% of investors plan to invest more in ETFs in the coming year, with sector and equity funds topping the list as the types of ETFs under consideration. Energy, healthcare and technology are the sector funds investors are most interested in buying. Of those surveyed who have an employer-sponsored retirement account, 55% want the ability to access ETFs through them. Currently only 12% said they can select ETFs through their employer’s retirement account now.

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