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The exchange-traded fund industry has certainly come a long way since the debut of SPY in 1993. Now there are over 1,600 products to choose from, with assets totaling over $2 trillion. The rise and popularity of these products are in part thanks to their key advantages over mutual funds, which include lower expenses, intra-day tradability, and perhaps most importantly, transparency. Last week, however, the ETF industry witnessed a game-changing decision made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [see also How to Build an Income Portfolio with ETFs: Insights from David Fabian]. [click to continue…]

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As we enter the summer months of 2014, the ETF industry has begun to taper off its new products and filings. This is typical, as the summer months come with low volume in the market and less interest than we see in other seasons. Still, issuers continue to press the ETF envelope with new funds and filings to expand the reach of the industry. This week saw one release from Invesco Powershares and news concerning the proposed bitcoin ETF from the famed Winklevoss twins [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free ETF Daily Roundup]. [click to continue…]

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With 2013 in the books, the ETF industry looks to be gearing up for yet another year of growth and innovation. Last year, investors welcomed a slew of new exchange-traded products, including several new first-to-market products: the FTSE Portugal 20 ETF (PGAL), the Nashville Area ETF (NASH), and the Nigeria Index ETF (NGE). Though some new […]

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This week, investors saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average break the 16,000 mark during intraday trading. Despite the record, Wall Street shifted its focus to the Fed as the latest FOMC minutes were released and Janet Yellen took one step closer to becoming  the next central bank leader. In the minutes, policy makers “generally expected that […]

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Move Over VIX (VXX): A Better Way to Measure Volatility?

by on November 19, 2013 | Updated December 11, 2013

The  S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN debuted in early 2009 and has been one of the most polarizing funds ever since. Tracking futures on the VIX, which is often dubbed “The Fear Index,” VXX has offered traders hefty volatility and the potential for significant gains (or losses). Trading an average of 13.2 million shares […]

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Investors have kicked off the trading week on a sour note as debt-ceiling worries have managed to resurface, serving as a reminder that politicians resolved the same drama last year by kicking the can down the road. With all eyes fixed on the potential government shutdown as the clock runs out, many have been left […]

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Bullish momentum has cooled off a bit this week on Wall Street following the massive rally seen in response to the Federal Reserve delaying the much-feared “taper.” As such, with interest rates expected to remain suppressed in the foreseeable future, ETF issuers have once again started to ramp up activity on the product development front, […]

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The bulls returned on Wall Street this week after easing concerns over Syria and encouraging news from China pushed major U.S. equity indexes higher. On the home front, the Labor Department reported that initial jobless claims fell to 292,000 – the lowest level since 2006. Meanwhile in China, exports were reported to have risen 7.2% […]

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Though U.S. equities finally pushed higher this week, Wall Street concerns continued to rise as the seemingly imminent U.S.-led intervention in Syria weighed heavily on the markets. On Wednesday, the Senate backed President Obama’s request to strike Syria, bringing the U.S. one step closer to more military action in the Middle East. Meanwhile, investors turned their […]

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This week on Wall Street, investors turned their attention to escalating tensions in the Middle East. Following reports of Syria’s government using chemical weapons against its own people, talks of a U.S.-led intervention and potential spillovers into other countries in the oil-rich region heightened investors’ concerns. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy’s growth was revised up to a […]

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With over $1.5 trillion in assets and nearly 1,500 products, many thought that the ETF world had run out of original ideas or that it had reached its saturation point. But the beginning of July saw that theory once again shot down, as a filing rolled in for one of the more controversial ETF ideas […]

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U.S. equity markets have taken somewhat of a breather these last few weeks, as investors turned their attention to looming concerns over Fed tapering and this quarter’s earnings results. Across the board, earnings reports as well as economic data have been mixed, causing a significant slowdown in the bullish momentum seen this year. The ETF […]

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