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Institutional investors drawn to fixed-income ETFs

Institutional investors are looking to exchange-traded funds in higher numbers and are gradually exposing themselves to more asset classes in a hunt for easy market access and liquidity.

These money managers are seeking ETFs primarily for equity portfolios, but fixed income is slowly becoming more popular, as shown by a new report from Greenwich Associates sponsored by BlackRock Inc., owner of the iShares line of ETFs. The research found that 40 per cent of institutions using ETFs now intend to invest a greater portion of their total assets in the funds next year.