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Smart beta indexes reach new peak in global asset owner adoption

By: Rolf Agather, managing director of research

Now in its fourth year, FTSE Russell’s latest global institutional market survey, Smart Beta: 2017 Global Survey Findings from Asset Owners, indicates that smart beta adoption is at an all time high and that investors continue to find new applications for its use. The percentage of asset owners reporting an existing smart beta allocation has reached a new peak of 46%, up from 36% last year. The trend over the past three years shows that increasing global growth and adoption of smart beta is continuing in 2017, with adoption of smart beta in Europe still greater than in North America and Asia Pacific, with 60% of asset owners reporting an allocation.