ETF Edge: February 2011

Published on by on February 1, 2011 | Updated February 15, 2011

Welcome to the February issue of ETF Edge. The first month of the new year is in the books, and all indications are that 2011 will be yet another exciting stretch for the ETF industry. Judging by the developments of the last few weeks, this year could mark a dramatic shift in the ETF space, as it seems that traditional mutual fund powerhouses are gearing up to make a bigger push into the ETF business–and getting creative in their efforts to beat the rest of the pack.

Innovation continues to be a theme, as the last month saw the introduction of several first-to-market products from various issuers. It is also clear that an uncertain regulatory environment is beginning to alter the outlook for active ETFs and the competitive strategies used by more than two dozen firms who had been lingering around the periphery of the ETF industry–including heavyweights such as T. Rowe Price and Legg Mason. With approvals in a state of “deep freeze,” the strategic assets of ETF issuers–regardless of their asset bases or profitability–have become quite attractive.

In this edition of ETF Edge, we take a look back at some very interesting developments of the last month, including one acquisition, another pending sale, and the related fallout. And with mixed results for ETFs over the first month of 2011, we tackle a difficult investing environment, laying out ideas for scooping up asset classes that have been punished perhaps a bit too severely.

Here’s a look at what’s inside this month’s ETF Edge:

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