In a few short days, Joe Anthony and I will be jetting off to (hopefully) sunny Florida to geek out over exchange traded funds at the annual Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Fla. You can catch up on some of our recent ETF related commentary here and here. One of my secrets to keeping a current pulse on the ETF industry is to frequently scan Twitter to keep tabs on the key influencers in this area.
According to ETF.com, the number of exchange traded funds (ETFs) listed in the U.S. increased to 1,669 last year with 197 new products launched and a total AUM of over $2 trillion. Everyone’s favorite investment product is putting up some staggering numbers. It’s clear that there’s still a long way to go in this market with plenty of demand for more products, but it’s becoming an increasingly crowded playground.
We’ve had a week now to decompress since the team here at Gregory FCA returned from CES in Las Vegas. Just like every year, our post mortem of the weeklong orgy of everything technology reveals that even after 48 years, CES is still the premier media event for consumer technology companies. Sure, we get probed about its value all year long from clients who rightly question the investment of showing and attending.
Here at Gregory FCA, our clients include some of the brightest minds in the retirement industry. We work with third-party administrators, retirement plan providers and the planners who help savers make the right decisions with their nest eggs. As we immerse ourselves in this work, several trends and themes remain front and center. For retirement industry players looking to make a splash in the media and influence the never-ending dialogue about the state of retirement in America, pay attention to these three story lines, which we helped clients capitalize on: Participation rates are passé; it’s all about outcomes now.