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New ETFs

Wall Street saw the S&P 500 Index logging in its first ever above-2,000 close this week, setting a new milestone in the stock market’s recent bull run. Also this week, investors digested several economic reports. Orders for durable goods surged 22.6% in July from the prior month, well above analyst expectations of 7.5% (but driven mostly by airplane orders). In addition, the S&P/Case-Shiller index rose 8.1% in June, slightly below expectations [see How the S&P 500 Reacts to Unemployment Reports]. [click to continue…]

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Two new ETFs have hit the market over the last week, as the industry proves that investors are still focused on income at a time with record-low interest rates. First Trust and ProShares each rolled out products that focus on providing an income stream for investors, each with a unique strategy. We take a closer look at the two new funds below [for more ETF news and anlaysis subscribe to the free ETF Daily Roundup]. [click to continue…]

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The ETF world saw a big step forward on the innovation front last week, as ProShares debuted two ETFs that utilize credit default swaps for their investment strategy: the CDS North American HY Credit ETF (TYTE) and the CDS Short North American HY Credit ETF (WYDE). These actively managed funds are the first of their kind and are arguably […]

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The ETF world continued to widen the investing universe this week, as two new funds debuted. There are now approximately 1,650 U.S.-listed ETFs that are currently active with well over $2 trillion in total assets. Though exchange traded products still have a ways to go before they de-throne mutual funds, their low cost and transparent […]

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This week, Wall Street digested the latest U.S. GDP data, which came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.0% in the second quarter. For the first half of 2014, the economy managed to eke out positive growth, expanding at a 0.9% pace [see How Well Do Defensive ETFs Actually Work?].

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As earnings season unfolds, markets continue to flirt with all-time highs. Despite skeptics looking for any reason to sell, the bull market has continued as benchmarks inch their way higher. Though most eyes have been fixated on the reports of some of the largest companies in the world, two new ETFs made their debut this […]

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It’s been a busy week for Wall Street, with investors digesting a slew of earnings and economic reports. On the earnings front, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Intel managed to beat analyst earnings and revenue expectations, while Bank of America reported a 43% drop in profit, as well as a $650 million settlement with AIG […]

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In the dog days of summer, the ETF world tends to slow down, as markets often see less volume while investors take a breather to enjoy the nice weather. Likewise, ETF launches tend to slow down for a few months before picking up steam later in the year. Still, there are new products that are hitting […]

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After debuting the ETRACS Wells Fargo MLP Ex-Energy ETN (FMLP) earlier this month, UBS rolled out a leveraged version of the same product. Yesterday marked the official launch of the ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Wells Fargo MLP Ex-Energy ETN (LMLP), which adds leverage to an already unique strategy [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe […]

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Wall Street has been in for another round of up-and-down sessions so far this week, as investors digested several economic reports as well as escalating turmoil in Iraq. In economic news, the New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State index of manufacturing activity rose to 19.3 in May, while industrial production rose 0.6%. Investors also kept a close […]

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As investors took a breather after a string of records on Wall Street, ETF issuers have been quite busy this month. Last week, State Street debuted four foreign equity ETFs, while iShares launched three style funds. This week, investors once again saw a slew of launches – 13 in total. Credit Suisse, UBS, iShares and State […]

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So much for a summer slowdown. The last few weeks have seen a handful of new ETFs make their debut and today is no exception. State Street will launch four equity products that focus on overseas investing, while iShares focused three of its new launches abroad as well [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to […]

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