9 New ETFs for Investors to Unwrap

Investors are pouring money into exchange-traded funds at a record rate. Here are nine new ETFs, all launched in 2022, that might be worthy of some of that fresh capital.

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The U.S. exchange-traded fund (ETF) industry had quite a year in 2021 – due in part to the 445 new ETFs that launched, 44% more than did in 2020.

U.S. ETFs ended the year with record assets of $7.21 trillion, 31.9% higher 2020. Net inflows of $919.8 billion also hit a record in 2021, more than doubling the previous record of $490.8 billion from the prior year.

"Given back-to-back record-breaking calendar years of net inflows, it is less of a surprise that the supply of ETFs has expanded," says Todd Rosenbluth, former head of ETF & Mutual Fund Research at CFRA and current head of research at ETF Trends and ETF Database. "We believe investors are benefiting from the transparency provided by ETFs to understand the exposure's risk and reward potential and combining this with a focus on fund costs."

And actively managed ETFs are one area of the industry that has started strong in 2022. Through the first two months of the year, actively managed ETFs had net inflows of $22.9 billion, the second-highest start on record. Only 2021 got off to a stronger start through the first two months.

But whether it be active or passive funds, the demand for the best ETFs among retail and institutional investors remains strong. And new ETFs offer investors to explore strategies that haven't been thought of before or cheaper alternatives to gain exposure to tried-and-true approaches.

With that in mind, here are nine of the most interesting new ETFs that have hit the market in 2022. This list features an array of options for investors to choose from, including familiar fund strategies like those that focus on fundamentals or fighting inflation, while others explore more nascent themes.

Data is as of April 20.

Will Ashworth
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Will has written professionally for investment and finance publications in both the U.S. and Canada since 2004. A native of Toronto, Canada, his sole objective is to help people become better and more informed investors. Fascinated by how companies make money, he's a keen student of business history. Married and now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he's also got an interest in equity and debt crowdfunding.