UK investors seek long term market exposure through ETPs

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The majority of UK investors used exchange traded products (ETPs) in order to gain long term market exposure, according to a research commissioned by ETP provider Source.

The survey conducted among 751 professional investors, including 100 British investors, revealed that 76% of UK professional investors used ETPs to  gain ‘long-term broad market exposure’, followed by 68% who said they use them to make ‘tactical adjustments’ to their portfolios, 46% said it was for ‘liquidity management’ and 46% said to support ‘long/short strategies.’

For European ETP investors as a whole, 76% said they use them to gain exposure to regional equities.  This was followed by global equities and emerging market equities where the corresponding figures were 74% and 58%, respectively.  Some 43% said they use them to invest in investment grade corporate fixed income, and 40% to gain exposure to precious metals.

Peter Thompson (pictured), president of Source comments on the results: “Our research shows the huge range of benefits and advantages investors perceive from using ETPs. As the ETP industry grows and becomes more innovative in the products it offers, its attractiveness should also increase.  This helps explain why our research shows that nearly eight out of 10 investors have no plans to decrease their use of ETPs, and 39% plan to purchase more this year.”

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