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ETF Industry

Since the start of 2014, Wall Street has witnessed one of the most active mergers and acquisition booms in some time. With only a little more than a month to go, so far this year’s global merger tally already tops $3 trillion, with U.S. M&A activity accounting for $1.5 trillion. According to Dealogic, the current dollar volume of announced deals in the world is higher than in any full year since 2007 [see also ETF Issuer Solutions Welcomes Industry Newcomers].

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Much to the bears’ frustrations, the bulls remain in the driver’s seat although their foot has eased off on the gas pedal considerably over the past two weeks. Overseas, the ECB dropped another hint of expanding stimulus while upbeat sentiment data from Germany helped to spark a minor rally across the currency bloc. At home, investors didn’t digest any major data releases, although a few were encouraging, including better-than-expected home builders index and existing home sales [see also Global X Debuts China Bonds ETF (CHNB)]. 

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ETF Issuer Solutions has brought forth a comprehensive platform designed to help investment managers bring their strategies to market. In this Q&A, president William Smalley shared his firm’s story, their objective, as well as insights about the industry as a whole.

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The bulls are still pushing major equity indexes further into previously uncharted territory, but the pace of the advance has slowed down considerably in light of the stellar run-up seen since the October 15th bottom. Overseas, investors remain dissatisfied with the sluggish recovery in Europe while major data releases on the home front have been sparse; […]

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We recently had an opportunity to talk with Jay D. Hatfield, a seasoned Wall Street veteran, who is the fund manager behind the newcomer InfraCap MLP ETF (AMZA). In this Q&A, he offers his insights regarding the MLP space as a whole in addition to taking a deep dive under the hood of AMZA.

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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, […]

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The bulls remain in the drivers’ seat as buyers managed to push major indexes higher even after the steep ascent seen last week on Wall Street. For the most part, however, many have remained on the sidelines this week in anticipation of Friday’s monthly employment report. In other data releases, investors cheered on upbeat motor […]

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These days it seems like there is an ETF for just about anything you can possibly imagine. Investors have more options available at their fingertips than ever before. No matter what kind of investor you are, or where you place your focus, there is almost undoubtedly a perfect ETF for you. Below, we outline the […]

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Following a very strong finish last week, the bulls managed to stick around on Wall Street over the past five trading days. The FOMC statement took center stage, which again served as a reminder that policymakers will remain accommodative in light of persistently sluggish growth and low inflation. On the data release front, investors cheered on better-than-expected GDP […]

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The bulls have managed to return to Wall Street with full force, as evidenced by the steep rebound that matched the equally steep sell-off since the lows seen on October 15th. Corporate earnings season is still well underway, and for the time being, according to data compiled by FactSet, it appears that the majority of companies are […]

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The bears have managed to remain in control on Wall Street as evidenced by persistent profit-taking pressures, short-lived rebounds, and an uptick in volatility. Throughout the week, investors also digested less-than-stellar economic data releases, adding to the headwinds; this included worse-than-expected retail sales and regional manufacturing data as well as a decline in the home builders […]

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The year 2008 was one of the worst stretches Wall Street had seen in some time. The Great Recession was in full force and caused major benchmarks to lose as much as 30% for the calendar year. But over that time, there were a number of securities and funds that came away with positive returns. […]

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