According to the latest Independent Advisor Outlook Study by Schwab Advisor Services, 59 percent of its RIA clients currently invest in fundamentally weighted products, and roughly one in five plan to invest more in the near term. Additionally, the research shows that 34 percent of RIAs believe fundamentally weighted products can serve as an effective complement to market-cap weighted and actively managed products.
“We’re here to help advisors and investors alike recognize that Fundamental Index funds – whether ETFs or mutual funds – are a thoughtful way to gain broad industry exposure, right alongside their market cap-weighted counterparts,” said Chandoha. “Fundamental Index methodologies have become important to the institutional investing community, and we think it’s time all investors benefit from this approach.”
The new funds are grouped alongside cap-weighted Schwab ETFs, which continue to have the lowest operating expenses in their respective Lipper categories 3.
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