Attitudes toward exchange-traded funds have evolved in the past few years, and statistics back that up. (Photo: Getty)

Charles Schwab’s seventh annual survey of investors in exchange-traded funds finds that individual investors’ ETF adoption is on track for explosive growth.

Investors in the survey said 27% of their portfolios, on average, were currently in ETFs, compared with 16% in 2012. Moreover, 42% said ETFs would be the chief investment product in their portfolios going forward, up from 28% who said this last year.

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