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Volatility Spurs Institutions to Beef Up Their Tactical ETF Use

  • Large investors that use ETFs hold 25% of their assets in them
  • They’re using more specialized funds focused on debt, factors
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High-Yield Sentiment Shifts as Largest Junk-Bond ETF Adds Most Cash in 2 Years

Exchange-traded funds are getting a boost from market volatility.

Heightened turbulence is spurring greater tactical use of ETFs by institutions, a new study sponsored by BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, found. These large users allocated an average 25 percent of their assets to ETFs in 2018, up from 19 percent a year earlier, according to the survey, which was conducted by Greenwich Associates.