From the monthly archives:

November 2010

VelocityShares, a new firm run by former iPath executives, made its initial foray into the ETP industry on Tuesday by rolling out six notes linked to various VIX-related indexes. The new products include both funds that will go head-to-head with existing iPath ETNs as well as several first-to-market products, including funds offering daily leveraged exposure to benchmarks comprised of VIX futures contracts. The new VelocityShares offerings include the Inverse VIX Short Term ETN (XIV), Inverse VIX Medium Term ETN (ZIV), 2x Long VIX Short Term ETN (TVIX), 2x Long VIX Medium Term ETN (TVIZ), VIX Short Term ETN (VIIX), and VIX Medium Term ETN (VIIZ). Each of the new ETNs is a debt security issued by Credit Suisse. [click to continue…]

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Markets continued their down streak to close out the final day of November, spurred by widening fears of another Euro-zone debt crisis, which seem to be re-emerging again, after wreaking havoc on the currency bloc earlier this year. The Dow finished down 0.42% while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 lost 1.07% and 0.61%, respectively. Oil prices gave back the strong gains from yesterday, losing over $2/barrel. Gold jumped up $20/ounce, marking one of the positive performers from today’s market. Looking back on the last four weeks, all three major indexes (Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500) finished November down about one percent. On the other hand, oil gained 3.2%, gold 2.1%, and silver an astonishing 15% for the month [see also Inflation-Fighting ETFs Back In Focus].

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During the past two years of operating ETFdb.com, we’ve tried various commenting solutions on our news stories to allow our readers to chime in. To be frank: they all stank. To date, commenting on our Web site was a clunky and underwhelming experience. Today, I am happy to announce we have integrated a new discussion […]

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iPath, the largest issuer of exchange-traded notes in the U.S., announced a major addition to its product lineup on Tuesday by rolling out 11 new leveraged ETNs. The new products included five paired products offering leveraged exposure to benchmarks underlying some of the most popular exchange-traded products, including the S&P 500, Russell 2000, and MSCI […]

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Innovation has been a hallmark of the ETF industry in recent years, as countless first-to-market products have debuted offering investors new tools for accessing asset classes and investment strategies that were previously hard-to-reach. This has especially been true in the commodity space, where a number of resource-specific funds have begun trading and twists on indexing […]

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Earlier this year, when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, energy policies were thrust into the spotlight. For as long as oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, many policymakers discussed alternative energies and stiff oil drilling regulations to help prevent not only another accident, but to help wean the U.S. off of its fossil fuel […]

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U.S. equity markets slumped to start the Monday session as fears over the European debt situation weighed on stocks. However, markets made a late session push in afternoon trading to finish the day down only marginally; the Dow and the Nasdaq both fell by roughly 0.35% while the broader S&P 500 only declined by 0.1%. […]

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One of the world’s largest exercises in democracy took place over the weekend, as voters headed to the polls in Egypt for a chaotic election that highlighted rising uncertainty and conflict in one of Africa’s largest economies. The National Democratic Party of president Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled since 1981, was widely expected to strengthen […]

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As investors have grown more comfortable allocating more significant portions of portfolios to emerging markets, the number of ETFs offering exposure to these regions of the world has surged in recent years. Exchange-traded products now exist offering investors exposure to a variety of markets that were once hard-to-access for all but the largest and most […]

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As traders head back to work after a week shortened by the Thanksgiving holiday, there is no shortage of activity and anxiety in global equity markets. The critical holiday shopping season is well underway, and an escalating debt crisis in Europe and potentially explosive confrontation in Korea have forced investors to cast a wary eye […]

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Frustrated with the diminishing prospects for growth in the developed world, investors have flocked en masse over the last two years towards red hot emerging markets that now account for the vast majority of global GDP growth. As interest in emerging markets equities has jumped, so too have the options for U.S. investors looking to […]

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American equity markets slumped in a post-Thanksgiving Holiday shortened trading session as renewed fears over the Spanish debt situation and concerns over a Chinese slowdown sank the markets. The Dow and S&P 500 both slid by 0.8% while the Nasdaq only fell by 0.3% as weakness in the banking sector helped to push the tech-heavy […]

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