Matt Hougan is managing director of ETF analytics for Index Publications, editor of the Exchange-Traded Funds Report, and senior editor of the Journal of Indexes. Expert on ETFs, Hougan is regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Investor's Business Daily, Fortune, Forbes, TheStreet.com, MarketWatch.com and the Associated Press. He is a regular guest on CNBC, where anchor Bob Pisani refers to him as the "Master of All Things ETF." Under Matt's leadership, the Exchange-Traded Funds Report has been named "Best ETF-Focused Publication" for three years running at the Capital Link Closed-End Fund and Global ETF Conference, the Oscars of the ETF and closed-end fund industries. He was recently named one of the 25 most influential people in the ETF industry by ETF Database. Prior to joining Index Publications, Hougan ran his own strategic communications firm, providing PR and speechwriting services to Fortune 500 companies, U.S. and foreign governments agencies (including the Federal Reserve) and select nonprofits. He was previously the lead biotech analyst for MetaMarkets.com, a pioneering financial services firm that managed the world's first fully transparent, actively managed mutual fund, Open Fund. Hougan is a 1998 graduate of Bowdoin College.
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Smart beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become increasingly popular over the past several years. In fact, BlackRock projects that smart beta ETFs will grow at a 20% annual pace to $1 trillion in assets under management by 2020.
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