Fund managers are fearless as USD 1tn ETF wave hits Europe

The exchange-traded fund revolution sweeping through U.S. money management is eliciting little more than a shrug from a European cohort arguably next in line for disruption.

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Even after American products gathered nearly half a trillion dollars last year, mutual fund managers appear to be banking on long-standing industry barriers to stem the ETF tide across the Atlantic.

Four out of five European investors are "not concerned" about the growing popularity of these passive investing tools, according to a new Blackwater Search & Advisory poll. Nine out of 10 respondents said they "have no plans to launch ETFs anytime soon."

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