ETFs Hit New Milestone As Individuals Put More Into ETFs Than Mutual Funds

MarketsMuse blog update profiles the new milestone exchange-traded funds have reached as now more than ever, individual investors have pouring more money into ETFs than traditional mutual funds. This MarketsMuse blog update is courtesy of an analysis done by Broadridge Financial Solutions and found in the Wall Street Journal’s article, “A New Milestone for ETF Adoption“, with an excerpt below.

Individual investors have a lot more money invested in traditional mutual funds than in exchange-traded funds. But as people continue pumping dollars into ETFs, their ETF holdings grew by more in dollar terms than their mutual-fund investments over the year through March—apparently for the first time—according to an analysis by Broadridge Financial Solutions.

That conclusion is based on the company’s tally of fund and ETF holdings in accounts at “retail” companies, including full-service and discount brokerages, which cater to individual investors and their advisers. Broadridge, based in Lake Success, N.Y., sells communications and technology services to financial-services companies.

Individual-investor holdings of ETFs grew by $267 billion in the year through March, a 24.4% increase, according to Broadridge. Over the same period, individuals’ holdings of long-term mutual funds grew by $255 billion, or 5.6%, the company said.

“This is the first period in which we’ve seen that the actual dollar amount in the retail channel is higher in the ETF space than in the mutual-fund space,” says Frank Polefrone, senior vice president at Access Data, a Broadridge unit in Philadelphia. ”It’s a big shift over what we’d seen a year ago or two years ago.”

Broadridge has been tracking the data for more than four years.

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