As more money than ever pours into exchange-traded funds, investors are using increasingly popular and well-established ETFs to buy stocks through passive funds that track equities.

ETFs are soon expected to surpass a record $2 trillion in global assets. Last year marked an all-time high for the industry on the eve of its 20th anniversary, with a $292.7 billion, or 28% rise, in U.S. ETF assets and positive cash flows of $182.6 billion, according to State Street Global Advisors. SSgA offers the industry-leading SPDR ETFs that include the first-ever U.S.-listed ETF, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which launched on Jan. 29, 1993.

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