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LIPPER: Are ETFs in trouble?

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By Detlef Glow,  Head of EMEA Research at Thomson Reuters fund research firm Lipper. The views expressed are his own.

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have found themselves under ever more scrutiny from regulators and market participants this year and expectations are that new rules for the sector are just a matter of time.

It’s tempting to think of ETFs as unwilling victims of new regulation, but to my mind, ETFs have much to gain.

The point is that it isn’t just regulators who are seeking improved transparency on fund holdings and on the use of derivatives by mutual funds, crucially it is end-investors too. And once the fog has cleared, they might come to see ETFs — with daily published portfolios and clearer statements on the use of derivatives in general — as a role model for all kinds of mutual funds.

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