New research by Cerulli Associates finds that ETF growth among advisors is greatest among advisors in three channels: wirehouses, RIAs, and dually registered.
Advisors in these channels, Cerulli notes in its Fourth Quarter edition of its Cerulli Edge newsletter, tend to cater to high-net-worth clients and thus maintain higher books of business. As such, Cerulli says that on an asset-weighted basis, ETF allocations have grown and now account for 4% of advisor-sold assets, compared to 2.8% in 2007.
Advisors use ETFs for various reasons, and Cerulli notes that “examining the motivation for ETF purchases can help illuminate the distribution opportunity for an asset manager.” For instance, wirehouse advisors tend to use ETFs to access to market sectors, and to pair active and passive strategies together, Cerulli says. RIA and dually registered advisors, on the other hand, use ETFs for their cost benefits and their belief in passive management and indexing.