Assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed globally surpassed $5 trillion by mid-2018. Moreover, BlackRock anticipates ETF/ETP AUM to more than double to $12 trillion over the next 5 years.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with this projection, you have to agree that the proliferation of factor-based index investing and the growth of platform-oriented, market-neutral hedge fund strategies has made financial markets more sensitive to Macro risks than ever before.
For example, JPMorgan estimates systematic trading accounts for over 90% of U.S. equity trading volume. Are your investment processes equipped to compete for alpha in this new and evolving market regime?