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2024 ETF Impact Survey

Gain new insight into the ETF market and what’s on the minds of investors, from State Street Global Advisors’ survey of institutional investors worldwide.

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Bullish Institutional Investor Outlook

49% of institutional investors are bullish about S&P 500® returns in 2024, 39% are neutral, and 11% are bearish.

Source: State Street Global Advisors, 2024 ETF Impact Survey, April 2024. Questions asked: By the end of 2024, do you think the S&P 500 returns will be up (bullish), flat (neutral) or down (bearish)? Approximately what percent do you think it will be up/down?

But do institutional investors think the index is a good proxy for the US economy? And how does this outlook compare to their outlook for US, country-specific, and global economies?

Liquidity: The Top Reason Institutions Use ETFs

The greatest proportion of institutional investors use ETFs for liquidity management and hedging (23%). Following liquidity, institutions use ETFs for core holdings for diversified exposure (19%), tactical asset allocation and market timing (16%), and access to specific markets, sectors, or themes (15%).

What did institutions rank as the most important decision-making criteria when choosing between ETFs with same or similar exposures?

Higher Portfolio Satisfaction Among ETF Users

Heavy users of ETFs* report much higher levels of satisfaction with their portfolio performance over the last 12 months compared to light ETF users.^

See how factors like high liquidity influence portfolio satisfaction for institutional investors.

Actively Managed ETFs in Demand

The vast majority of institutional investors (80%) report that they are likely to consider actively managed ETFs. Only 4% are not.

And in the Netherlands, institutional investors are even more likely to consider active ETFs (90%).

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Our 2024 ETF Impact Survey Results reveal what’s on the minds of ETF investors globally — from individual investors to advisors and institutitions — and is jam-packed with insights on:

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About the Survey

State Street Global Advisors, in partnership with field partners A2Bplanning and Prodege, conducted an online study in April 2024 among individual investors, financial advisors, and institutional investors to assess investor sentiments, investment portfolio trends, the impact of ETFs on portfolio contruction, and more.

This survey further builds on research conducted with individual investors in November and December of 2022. For the 2024 ETF Impact Survey, State Street Global Advisors expanded the scope to include institutional investors from various countries, as well as US financial advisors.

Data was collected between April 1-25, 2024 from the following: