Complexity, customization among key trends as ETFs evolve

… With so many choices on the market, selecting a basket of ETFs has become a lot more like selecting individual securities, says Zev Frishman, chief investment officer of Morneau Shepell Asset and Risk Management Ltd. “This is really history. Today, you can get very, very sophisticated and complex strategies through ETFs,” he says. While the selection process involves a certain amount of effort, pension plans have the opportunity to use ETFs to gain exposure to virtually any industry, strategy or geographical area, he says. It’s also possible to tailor the decisions they make to their views, he adds.

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