This Week In ETFs: April 29th Edition

by on April 29, 2012 | ETFs Mentioned:

Another week in the books, and more uncertainty over the future of stocks. Investors were relieved to finally see some strong trading sessions midway through the five day stretch, but most are still cautious of the future. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke made no indication of a third round of quantitative easing this week, though his statement seemed to hint a cautious optimism and that if things did head south in a hurry, the Fed would ride to the rescue. Despite a miss in Friday’s GDP report stocks maintained their momentum to end week on a relatively positive note [see also 5 ETF Experts You Need To Follow On Twitter].

The ETF industry picked up the pace this week, introducing 9 new exchange-traded products to the market. Guggenheim expanded their BulletShares family with three new high yield ETFs, while Van Eck debuted its new and intriguing Wide Mote Research ETF (MOAT). Additionally, iShares launched two new targeted corporate bond ETFs and State Street added three more actively managed allocation funds to their lineup [see also Short ETFs: Everything You Need To Know].

Below we outline three of the best ETF stories from around the web this past week:

The Five Best ETF Investments Ever at IndexUniverse:

Investors have quickly come to embrace ETFs as their preferred vehicle of choice for gaining cheap access to nearly every corner of the investable universe. Many of these funds have had impressive records, posting astronomical gains since their inceptions. In this article, author Matt Hougan outlines the five best ETF investments ever, some of which have gained over 650% since inception. Spoiler Alert: SPY, one of the oldest and most popular funds in the industry, didn’t quite make this list.

Schwab Could Be ETF Investors’ new Vangaurd at MarketWatch:

When it comes to the ETF industry, powerhouse issuers like Vanguard and BlackRock have made it seemingly difficult for other players to capture the market – until now. Recently, Charles Schwab Corp. has emerged as a formidable player, offering investors access to all of the major asset classes at a price that is relatively lower than its competitors’. This article, by Mitch Tuchman, explains how Charles Schwab continues to battle is rivals to claim the ultimate title of “King of Low Costs”.

Five Questions To Ask When Buying An ETF at ETF Database:

As the ETF industry continues to expand into previously unexplored territories, many investors have become overwhelmed by the complexity and intricacies of these products, as well as the sheer number of funds they have to chose from. When sorting through the towering lineup of over 1,400 ETPs, it is important for traders and investors alike to consider several factors before jumping in. In this article, author Michael Johnston describes five important questions to ask when buying an ETF.

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Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.