From the monthly archives:

December 2012

The Cliff Becomes Reality

by on December 31, 2012

Everyone is hoping for a last minute deal, however, given the running track record of stiff gridlock in Congress, it’s highly unlikely that an agreement will be reached. It won’t be terribly surprising to see policymakers push forth a plan which somehow “kicks the can down the road”, after all, we didn’t find ourselves standing over the cliff overnight. After enduring a wild ride and managing to clinch gains in 2012, domestic equity markets will unfortunately start the new year under clouds of uncertainty as debt drama lingers [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].

Weekly Outlook

Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:
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Complete List Of New 2012 ETFs

by on December 31, 2012 | Updated January 11, 2013

With 2012 nearly in the books, the ETF industry has wrapped up yet another year of impressive product development and innovation. More than 165 exchange-traded products debuted this year, beginning in early January with a focus on volatility, and ending with a number of dividend-focused funds in December. While that’s not quite a record — more than 200 new ETFs began trading in 2011 — it represents a significant expansion to he ETF industry. For those looking to take a look at all of the new additions to the ETF lineup, below is a complete list of all new ETPs that began trading in 2012, sorted by asset class:

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This was the year of bond ETF growth, with massive inflows into this asset class over the last few months. After the financial crisis, investors have flocked to this consistent and often high-yielding asset class. In the last month some have backed off as worries of the fiscal cliff spill over into investment practices, but […]

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With no concrete solutions on the table regarding the much-feared fiscal cliff, it wasn’t terribly surprising to see equity markets take a beating last week. Profit-taking pressures have been a dominant theme as negotiations in Washington D.C. have proven to be riddled with gridlock, prompting many to lock in gains ahead of the potential tax […]

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After slow week in the global market, the ETFdb pop quiz returns with another round of questions about Bank Loans, Bangladesh, and Building ETFs. As always, all answers can be found using the suite of free tools at ETFdb.com, including the ETFdb Categories, ETF screener and the new ETF Analyzer. 1. Which Building and Construction ETF has the highest YTD? 2. Which Long/Short ETF has the […]

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This week was a particularly slow one, as many took time off around Christmas and stepped back from the markets for a few days. The president and members of the senate meet Friday to discuss a compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff, with many senators reporting that they are optimistic that a deal will be reached before […]

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The shortened holiday trading week proved to be quite unkind for many who had hoped that a fiscal cliff deal would be reached by now. Bearish pressures reigned supreme as gridlock in Washington D.C. encouraged profit taking ahead of the new year given the uncertain tax environment that 2013 holds in store. There is still […]

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The ETF boom has made it easier for regular retail investors to add various new asset classes, sectors and markets to their portfolios with a single trade. Features like intraday tradability, low expenses and access to foreign issued shares make them a great way for investors to build market beating portfolios. Overall, the use of […]

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As 2012 draws to a close, we’ve been recapping some of the best and worst ETF performers over the past year. Today, we’re taking a look back at the biggest winners and losers of the previous year–2011– to see how they followed up their impressive (or depressing) years in 2012.  Many of the asset classes […]

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While most enjoyed 2012′s rather impressive track record, other not-so-lucky investors fell pray to those corners of the market most affected by the global economic slowdown. Some of the worst performers were the usual subjects, namely volatile commodities and alternative energy equities, but others might have been somewhat surprising. From the frustrating natural gas market […]

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Commodity ETFs burst onto the scene a few years ago, as these products democratized an asset class that was once difficult to reach for many retail investors. Now, these products are among the most traded in the ETF space and are often coveted for the volatility and potential returns that they provide. This year saw […]

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This year has proven to be a rather successful yet volatile year on Wall Street; equities managed to come out on top after tumultuous rounds of eurozone debt drama, fiscal cliff talks and spotty economic data. Despite the bumps in the road, many investors were rewarded quite handsomely, as certain corners of the market exhibited […]

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