Physical ETFs are less risky, say European investors

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Edhec survey says physically ETFs are preferred

Investors believe that physically replicated exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are less risky than their synthetic counterparts, according to Edhec-Risk's annual European ETF survey of European ETF investors.

Fully replicated ETFs got a positive score of 2.28 out of three, according to the survey, while funds that engage in derivative swap contracts to gain exposure to an underlying only scored 1.41.

"Even though almost all physical replication ETFs engage in securities lending, investors fail to app

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