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Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in Active Management, AdvisorShares

Growth of Active ETFs vs. Index ETFs: 1st Three Years

While much has been said about the growth of the actively managed ETF space, we put together an interesting comparison of the first three years of growth for active ETFs versus index ETFs’ first three years of growth.

As you can see from the charts below, there are a greater number of products and assets in the first 3 years of active ETFs compared to index ETFs. It is our opinion that the distribution is also very different for the first three years of each investment structure.  It is reasonable to believe that most of the assets in the first years of index ETFs were primarily institutional investors, while we believe that the interest in active ETFs has been more financial professional-focused with a much broader number of investors adopting active ETFs in their investment strategies.

Comparison of Active and Index ETFs, First 3 Years