By 2015, how big will the value of the market for ETFs be?

Experts at the Deloitte Center for Financial Services believe the market for ETFs will be at least $2 trillion by 2015.

What is the future of investment advice?

Experts at CNNMoney believe that online discount brokerages will continue to offer advisory services to account holders, in order to continue to compete with traditional, brick-and-mortar investment companies. Individual 401(k) investors will have access to advisory services that will be subsidized by their employers. More than 30 million people use these outside financial services to seek advice today. Many online tools will be available to help individuals model and balance the allocations of their portfolios with a mouse click. Mutual fund companies, discount brokers, and traditional investment companies will continue to compete by offering the very best web-based tools for account holders.

What is the future of sustainable investing (investing in businesses that take into account social factors, clean energy, and corporate governance)?

According to experts at The Motley Fool, citing a study conducted by Mercer for the philanthropic organization Ceres, investment opportunities in such sustainable areas as clean energy and climate adaptation may be worth more than $5 trillion over the next 15 to 20 years. For example, individual companies such as Apple would like to power 100% of their data centers using renewable energy, and are working with many companies to accomplish this goal. Apple currently operates the largest solar array in the United States. Furthermore, the State of California, seen by many to indicate future trends in action, increased its solar installations by 26% during 2012 and 2013.

What future trend can we see in the near term about the cost for discount brokers?

The future trend in the near term is for brokerage firms, both new and old, to greatly reduce their fees. According to investment editors at Thomson Reuters, individual investors will benefit from much lower costs of investing because of two technology trends playing out today: greater use and access to the Internet, and an improvement in in-vesting-related software that enables users to build and analyze what used to be rather complex investment portfolios. New start-up online brokerage firms are beginning to offer super-discounted fees, and now may compete with some of the largest online discount brokerage firms.

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