Steven Hawkins spoke in the opening remarks. His talk was called “Canadian ETF Outlook”. He is the President and co-CEO of Horizons ETSs. His site is here.
What is new in ETFs is Exchange Traded Bonds and Zero Cost ETFs. Horizons is the first and larges manager of ETFs in Canada. They efficiently track indices, currencies, commodities, and global themes. They have tactical ETFs designed for sophisticated investors (for short term investing). Horizons has 10.7B in Assets under Management (AUM).
There is global ETF growth and it is a 5T industry. There has been a big inflow into Canadian ETFs over the past 5 years. The ETFs are destroying Mutual Funds. ETFs are more diversified and cheaper. ETFs are innovated and the industry is maturing and growing. They are providing exciting new ETFs. There has been growth in ETF providers from 4 to 30 in Canada with now over 700 ETFs.
Canadians have been paying the highest fees in the world for Mutual Funds. The key ETF trends is to reduce Management Fees. The news trend is to zero fees for ETFs. These ETFs invest in other ETFs that have fees. Fees in Canada is 0.35% and in US fees are 0.10%. Canadian banks now have active ETFs with lower fees than for Mutual Funds.
A current trend is to thematic investing into such things are Robotics, Blockchains, AI, Ethical, Diversity and Marijuana. Current tend is into actively managed ETFs.
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