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Twenty Years On, There Are Still Plenty of Gaps to Fill in the Asian ETF Menu

Jackie Choy, CFA 27.12.2018

A version of this article was originally published on Ignites Asia Opinion Column on 31 October 2018.

A Fragmented and Developmentally Diverse Marketplace
Not too long after the first ETF appeared in the United States in 1993, the Asian ETF market began its journey. The region’s first ETF was launched in Japan in 1995. Hong Kong followed suit in 1999. Over the past 20-plus years, more Asian markets have entered the mix and assets in the Asia-Pacific ETF market have grown to over US$500 billion. While this is an impressive sum, it represents just a fraction (14%) of the US $3.7 trillion invested in U.S. ETFs as of September 2018.

Exhibit 1: Asia-Pacific ETF Market

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Jackie Choy, CFA  Jackie Choy, CFA is the Director of ETF Research for Morningstar Investment Management Asia

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