Institutional investors that began using exchange-traded funds for manager transitions, rebalancing and other tactical applications are increasingly using these products for more strategic purposes, such as gaining long-term exposures to desired asset classes.

According to a study by Greenwich Associates, one third of asset managers and nearly 60% of institutional funds use ETF. This is a significant increase from a year earlier when 25% of asset managers and 50% of institutional funds used ETFs. Fifty-seven percent of institutional ETF users use these products to achieve strategic allocation ranges.

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