The ETF Forum has announced a new series of nationwide roadshows for 2017.
The independent partnership of ETF product providers is looking to improve the adviser and wealth management community’s collective understanding of ETFs.
Featuring exchange-traded product (ETP) and exchange-traded fund (ETF) issuers BMO Global Asset Management, ETF Securities and WisdomTree, along with the London Stock Exchange, The ETF Forum will host the first seminar in Exeter, before moving across the UK to locations including Glasgow, Jersey and Manchester.
The free, CPD-accredited workshops will feature speakers from the ETF industry and will once again provide an educational overview of ETFs, but will also discuss a wider variety of topics including access to ETFs via platforms, and how to understand and assess ETF liquidity.
The workshops will also look at how ETFs can be used most effectively within client portfolios.
Feedback from attendees of events last year found 95% of advisers felt the forum helped improve their understanding of ETFs, while 88% said it had given them an understanding of how ETFs could provide solutions for their clients.
Meanwhile, 72% of attendees the forum had changed their desire to include ETFs in client portfolios, and almost 90% said they anticipate using lower cost funds for their clients in the next two years.
Liz Wright, head of UK wealth & intermediary distribution, sales at ETF Securities, said: “The FCA’s recent interim findings into the asset management industry highlighted the opacity of many active funds and the fees they charge, and will accelerate the trend of advisers looking for lower cost solutions to preserve capital in their clients’ portfolios.
“The transparency of ETFs has been highlighted as a key benefit by many intermediaries but we want to continue help the adviser community to understand ETFs and how they can be used more fully.”
ETF Forum roadshows will be hosted twice a year, with new speakers and an evolving range of educational content.