Resolutions: How regulations and taxes are shaping the future of ETFs

Jan 2018

Skyrocketing popularity often comes at the price of sharp scrutiny, as the fast-growing exchange traded funds (ETF) industry is learning. With the number and variety of ETFs rapidly increasing, and total assets under management at an all-time high, ETFs have earned an extra level of scrutiny from regulators globally. Regulators appear to be committed to making sure that safeguards exist for accurately identifying and communicating risks and costs, as well as ensuring up-to-date compliance practices for ETFs. 

Whether such directives dampen growth and innovation—or steer funds toward new opportunities—may depend on how well ETF sponsors manage risks and disclosures while also accommodating changing distribution technologies and new investment products.

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