ETF assets continue to grow rapidly, and we expect this to continue into the future. We predict annual growth rates of 15-30% around the globe over the next 5 years, and we believe the ETF industry could surpass the hedge fund industry in assets under management during the next 12–18 months. We expect this growth to come from more widespread users of, and uses for, ETFs. This will be achieved through greater innovation, and by taking market share from active and other passive competitors.
These are just some of the insights from our Global ETF survey which covers the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. The surevy includes interviews with more than 60 promotors, market makers, investors and service providers in 21 cities and 13 markets, including promoters representing 87% of the industry’s global assets.