2018 Trends in Inves​​​​ting​

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Financial Advisers Showing Continued Strong Preference for ETFs 

and Nearly No Commitment to Cryptocurrencies​


2018 Trends Cover.png​Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are financial advisers' top pick for the investment vehicle they most often use/recommend with clients, and their popularity does not appear to be waning. 2018 marks the fourth consecutive year that ETFs are the preferred investment vehicle among advisers, with 87 percent of financial advisers surveyed currently using or recommending ETFs with their clients—the most popular investment vehicle among 20 options, according to a new survey by the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), the Journal of Financial Planning, and the FPA Research and Practice Institute™.


The 2018 Trends in Investing Survey, which was fielded online in April/May 2018 and received 265 responses by financial advisers of various backgrounds, also showed that cryptocurrencies are proving to be one of the least used investment vehicles.​

Access the 2018 Trends in Investing Report!


If you are a reporter workin​g on deadline and want to interview an FPA representative, please contact:


Ben Lewis

Public Relations Team Leader

Financial Planning Association (FPA)