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Cathy Carlson

As the summer winds down, apparently so too does the impressive pace of expansion in the ETF space. Although August launches were a big dropoff from the previous month, the industry still saw the introduction of more than a dozen new exchange-traded products. Whereas many of the products rolled out in previous months have been “first-to-market” concepts, the new ETFs that began trading in August will compete more closely with existing funds [see A Look Back At July's ETF Additions]. August has debuted products which are variations of a pre-existing fund. The new funds range from fixed-income to emerging market local debt to the first Indian Infrastructure ETF [see India ETFs: Five Ways To Play].

Not surprisingly, the ETF pipeline continued to fill with some interesting ideas, some of which could hit the market in the fourth quarter of the year. August also saw a handful of funds shut down; in total, seven ETFs from Claymore and Grail went the way of the dodo. [click to continue…]

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When seeking out exposure to emerging markets, investors tend to gravitate towards the superstar economies of India and China, two markets that are expanding at mind-boggling rates as cities swell and the middle class becomes wealthier. But Latin America has been another critical driver of global GDP growth in recent years, as the resource-rich continent has strengthened relationships with Asian members of the BRIC bloc and become a key supplier of raw materials to the East. [click to continue…]

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India ETFs: Five Ways To Play

by on August 26, 2010 | Updated August 27, 2010

As emerging markets have raced ahead of their developed counterparts in the last two years, investors around the globe have begun to tilt portfolios more heavily towards securities that many have historically perceived to be excessively risky. The inflows into equity ETFs serve as one piece of evidence of this trend; through the first seven […]

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Brazil has become one of the most popular investment destinations in recent years, as U.S. investors have begun to question their “home country bias” and tilt portfolios more heavily towards the fast-growing emerging markets. Once upon a time, options for exposure to Brazil were somewhat limited; most mutual funds and some of the first ETFs […]

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July saw a flurry of activity in the ETF industry, with almost a new fund for every trading day during the month. The surge in new products continues to be driven by innovation rather than duplication; many of the ETFs to hit the market last month were the first of their kind, including unique international […]

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The last few years have seen no shortage of innovations in the ETF space. Opportunistic issuers have capitalized on a shift in investor mentality by rolling out ETFs offering never-before-seen levels of granularity in emerging markets. IndexIQ introduced hedge fund replication ETFs, a line of products that initially drew skepticism but has now been embraced […]

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In the past two weeks, many large U.S. corporations have posted solid earnings which has sparked optimism over an economic recovery. However, recent testimony from Fed Chair Ben Bernanke has weighed on the markets and has kept many investors fearful about the near future. In his testimony, Bernanke called the American economic outlook ‘unusually uncertain’ […]

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While the majority of the nearly $800 billion in ETF assets is found in equity funds, it is other corners of the market that have accounted for the significant cash inflows and asset growth exhibited in recent years. Fixed income and commodity funds have been particularly hot, taking in more than $25 billion in aggregate […]

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Few industries will look back on the last several years fondly, remembering a stretch of surging demand and reliable sources of organic growth. But for aerospace and defense firms, the last decade has been a remarkable run, including the last two years that saw many other corners of the economy battered by the recession. Ongoing–and […]

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For the investors who had been preaching on the need to brace for a surge in inflation in the wake of massive capital injections, credibility continues to slip away. Recent CPI readings have been tame, to say the least; deflation is a more immediate concern even in an environment where inflation rates are expected to […]

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If the economic recovery effort can be thought of as a relay race, the governments of the world are nearing the end of their leg. After propping up the economy with massive stimulus programs and unprecedented injections of liquidity into global financial markets, cash-strapped government leaders are now looking to pass the baton to consumers, […]

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The rapid growth of the ETF industry in recent years has altered the investment landscape in more ways than one. The low expense ratios offered by most exchange-traded products have brought increased scrutiny on active managers and called into question their ability to add value to client portfolios. The immediate diversification offered by a basket […]

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