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ETFs, the holy grail or a time bomb?

Tong Kooi Ong
Tong Kooi Ong7/10/2017 08:00 AM GMT+08  • 7 min read
ETFs, the holy grail or a time bomb?
SINGAPORE (July 10): I decided to write on this topic because I am amazed by the number of exchange-traded funds and index mutual funds being promoted. These are what is termed “passively managed funds”.
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SINGAPORE (July 10): I decided to write on this topic because I am amazed by the number of exchange-traded funds and index mutual funds being promoted. These are what is termed “passively managed funds”.

Just last week, in The Edge Singapore, the main article on robo-advisers had a sidebar titled “Where to put your money”. Every single fund indicated that its strategy is to focus on ETFs. It is as if this is the holy grail of investments. Is it?

We have previously shared how assets managed by global ETFs have grown from under US$1 trillion in 2008 to about US$4 trillion now (Issue 784, June 19). Their main attraction is the low cost to investors.

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