EDHEC-Risk ETF survey sees satisfaction with ESMA guidelines

European ETF investors are generally satisfied with the guidelines put forward by ESMA for investor protection, according to the latest EDHEC European ETF Survey 2012.

Taking stock of the views of some 212 European ETF investors, the survey was conducted as part of EDHEC-Risk Institute research into core-satellite and ETF investments.

Other findings of the latest annual survey include:

• ETFs remain the favourite choice of investors for passive investments

• Demand for innovation is high in different asset categories

• The great majority of European investors think that ETFs should remain as beta-producing products – 81% of respondents

• 77% agree that the ESMA guidelines have achieved their stated aim of improving investor protection

Valérie Baudson, managing director at Amundi ETF, which sponsors research at EDHEC-Risk Institute, said: “Despite the growing maturity of the ETF market, this year’s survey has shown again that the level of satisfaction towards ETFs remains extremely high and that the vast majority of investors plan to increase their usage. The positive changes in investor perception regarding risks and transparency are significant developments for the industry.”

Professor Noël Amenc, director of EDHEC-Risk Institute, said: “There is no doubt that the ETF market has evolved considerably in the past year, with a particular focus on the developing regulatory framework. Investors have sent an important message on the need for transparency to both regulators and product providers.”

To read the full ETF report click here: [asset_library_tag 6510,EDHEC-Risk European ETF Survey 2012]


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