ETFs: Patience Through Changing Economic Cycles

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By Rene Casis - April 10, 2019

Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, as an investment vehicle have been around less than 30 years. Is that a long time, or just the blink of an eye? It probably depends on your age. But one thing we can all agree on is that 2018 was a milestone year for this strategy.

I'm often asked to prognosticate what the coming months—and year—have in store for ETF investors. My answer is simple: New products. Specifically, I foresee a range of new, actively oriented products. I also expect to see continued global growth, albeit on a much more muted pace than in previous years.

In this quarter's outlook video, I share details on anticipated ETFs performance and how advisors can address the implementation challenge.

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