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The $4 Trillion ETF Market Just Got a Boost from Washington

  • SEC says revamp will lead to quicker sign-off of new ETFs
  • Change will also facilitate competition, innovation, SEC says
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The ETF Market Just Got a Boost From Washington
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Wall Street’s main watchdog is cutting back regulatory red tape for exchange-traded funds, potentially triggering faster growth for the $4 trillion market.

After more than a decade of wrangling, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday that it had eased constraints that the industry argues have slowed the process of issuing new ETFs. Specifically, the SEC eliminated the need for ETF providers to seek a special order from the agency before funds can be sold to investors.