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ETF Assets Set to Overtake Hedge Funds This Year

ETFs at $3 trillion means they’ll eclipse hedge funds
Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Photographer: Richard Drew/AP Photo

They’re cheap, easy to use, and they’re winning over more investors than ever.

Now exchange-traded funds -- investment tools that seek to replicate the performance of a portfolio of securities -- are growing at such a clip that their assets are poised to overtake those of hedge funds.