Peak Passive or Still Early Days?

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Derek Fulton, CEO, First Trust Global Portfolios

About this talk

We often hear debates about whether we have reached peak passive and how much further can the ETF industry grow. First Trust will make the case that ETF growth is still in its early stages and that ETFs are a kind of disruptive technology which will accelerate fundamental change in the investment industry. The ETF structure is an innovation in investment fund technology which we believe will become the most widely used vehicle for all types of investment strategy. In fact, actively managed ETFs are already the fastest growing area of the industry in the United States. Learning Objectives: • Understand the differences and similarities between a UCITS ETF and UCITS OEIC fund • Trace the evolution of ETFs from passive market capitalisation index tracking through smart beta to actively managed strategies • Understand how investors in the US are using ETFs to build more granular bespoke client investment solutions

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First Trust is a privately owned U.S. based financial services firm established in 1991. Our mission and approach are simple. We aim to offer investors a better way to invest by providing transparent and innovative solutions - through knowing what we own, investing for the long term, employing discipline and rebalancing our portfolios. These core principles are taken into consideration in all aspects of our business and are the building blocks of our reputation. It is through these principles that First Trust’s specialist investment managers apply a robust and disciplined approach to a range of methodologies. We have a strong track record in providing a variety of rules-based, thematic and actively managed strategies investing across a range of equities, fixed income and alternatives. In delivering our message, our regional sales teams work closely with prospects and clients to distribute First Trust’s range of single-country, regional and global solutions across the world. Today, First Trust is one of the fastest growing ETF providers globally.