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ETF Expansion Rolls On

Greenwich Survey 2016

Over the past six years, market intelligence firm, Greenwich Associates, has conducted an annual institutional ETF investor study, surveying hundreds of institutions in an effort to track and uncover ETF usage and adoption trends over time.

The results of the 6th annual Greenwich Associates U.S. ETF Study points to continued growth as existing users broaden usage to take advantage of the versatility of ETFs and new investors adopt the funds for the first time.

Five Underlying Drivers of ETF Growth

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Regional Greenwich Studies

Greenwich Associates conducted a similar survey in Europe, Asia and Canada. For more detail on the regional findings, read the studies below.

ETFs in the European Institutional Channel: 5 Key Trends

ETFs Take Root in Asian Institutional Portfolios

Versatility Fuels Expansion: ETFs in Canadian Institutional Portfolios

*Source: Greenwich Associates, “Institutional Investment in ETFs: Versatility Fuels Growth,” January 2016.

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This study was sponsored by BlackRock.

The iShares Funds are distributed by BlackRock Investments, LLC (together with its affiliates, "BlackRock"). BlackRock is not affiliated with Greenwich Associates, LLC, or its affiliates.

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