Institutional ETF
Trading Survey

Innovation, efficiency and versatility fuel growth

This report presents the findings from’s fifth annual global ETF trading survey, commissioned by Jane Street. It includes responses from 380 institutional investors, as well as qualitative interviews from six buy-side firms.

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ETF Survey Report

Key Findings

Global institutions prefer to trade on risk

Risk pricing was the execution style most favored by respondents. This preference was consistent across regions, with at least 65% of traders in each region reporting that risk trading was their most common ETF trading method.

Traders are embracing ETFs for a wide variety of exposures

Global respondents expect ESG, thematic, and active ETFs to experience the strongest growth. ESG ETFs received the highest proportion of responses, with 42% of those surveyed anticipating assets in these types of ETFs to increase the quickest.

ETFs enhance asset class liquidity

71% of respondents think that fixed income ETFs enhance liquidity in the broader fixed income market. In total, 97% of respondents reported that they believe ETFs enhance liquidity in at least one of the three major asset classes (commodities, equities, or fixed income).