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Actively managed ETFs and other wrinkles

David Gaffen is pictured in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/HandoutThe following is an edited excerpt from Never Buy Another Stock Again: The Investing Portfolio that Will Preserve Your Wealth and Your Sanity, written by David Gaffen, who is the Reuters markets editor. It was printed with permission of FT Press, an imprint of Pearson.

One of the biggest growth industries in finance right now is in exchange-traded funds, and further growth in ETFs appears likely to come from several places.

Sector or country-specific ETFs and actively managed ETFs are likely to continue to be a growth area, along with perhaps a combination of the two (an actively managed ETF focusing on small-cap stocks, for instance).

The most popular sector ETFs are in natural resources and technology, although State Street, which sponsors the SPDRs ETF, has S&P sector ETFs for nine of the ten S&P sectors (telecommunications is the lone exception—it’s folded into another area); new ones continue to crop up.