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  • GLD Takes the CrownFor a brief time in 2011, GLD was the largest US ETF by assets, beating out SPY. Click to learn more.
  • SPY: A Trader's DelightDuring an average trading day, about 5,000 shares of SPY trade hands each second. Click to learn more.
  • Leveraging ReturnsIn the 5 years after March 6, 2009, the Daily Technology Bull 3x (TECL) was up 1,452%. A $10,000 investment would have turned into about $155,200. Click to learn more.
  • A Wild RideIn August 2011, TVIX had two separate sessions where it was up at least 40% (August 4 and August 18). Click to learn more.
  • Gold TaxesGLD and IAU are taxed as collectibles, at a rate of 28%. Click to learn more.
  • Flash CrashOn 5/6/2010 (the Flash Crash), SPY had a range of $105 to $117. Click to learn more.
  • ETFs Among AdvisorsIn a 2012 study, 42.5% of advisors said they don’t use ETFs simply because they don’t know enough about them.
  • SPY Will TerminateSPY is structured as a UIT, not an ETF. The fund has a termination date of 1/22/2118. Click to learn more.
  • ETN BasicsETNs will never incur tracking error, but they are at the credit risk of their issuer. Click to learn more.
  • Lehman WoesLehman Brothers launched 3 ETNs in 2008, 7 months before they went bankrupt.
  • The Father of ETFsThe “Father of ETFs,” Nathan “Nate” Most, was 73 when he conceived of exchange-traded funds. He began his career trading safflower seeds and coconut oil futures.
  • Gold Mining VolatilityThe biggest one day gain for the Daily Gold Miners Bear 3x (DUST) is 29%, on April 15, 2013. The biggest 1-day loss was 27%, on September 18 of that year. Click to learn more.
  • ETFs of Days PastIn 2008, investors could purchase the Metabolic-Endocrine Disorders ETF (HHM), Dermatology & Wound Care ETF (HRW) and Autoimmune-Inflammation ETF (HHA). Seriously.
  • Sharing HoldingsThere are about 177 stocks that are in both the S&P 500 Value (IVE) and Growth (IVW) ETFs. Click to learn more.
  • Showing SPY's AgeIn 1993, when SPY made its debut, Ben Bernanke was a Princeton professor, Steve Jobs was working at NeXT, George Soros had just broken the pound, and Mark Zuckerburg was in 3rd grade. Click to learn more.
  • All About the WeightingSPY, RSP, and RWL all hold the exact same 500 stocks. In 2013, they were up 32.3%, 35.5%, and 37.9%, respectively. Click to learn more.
  • Differing StrategiesSouth Korea represents 15% of EEM and 0% of VWO. Click to learn more.
  • Navigating a Sell-OffThe best performing ETF in 2008 was UltraShort Semiconductors (SSG), which gained 111%. Click to learn more.
  • ETF ProfitabilityThe most profitable ETF is EEM, which generates about $195 million in annual management fees. Click to learn more.
  • Trading BigETFs make up about 13% of total equity market daily trading volume.
  • Commodity ETFsOnly ETFs that invest in futures contracts will issue K-1s. Click to learn more.
  • ETF Name ChangeQQQ used to have the ticker QQQQ. Click to learn more.
  • A Tough YearJust 65 out of 545 ETFs had a positive return in 2008. Click to learn more.
  • ETFs WorldwideGlobally, there are over 5,000 ETPs from over 200 providers across 59 exchanges.
  • SPY's Weekly RangeSPY has gained as much as 19.4% and lost as much as 19.8% over the course of 5 trading sessions.
  • Ben Stein: An ETF EnthusiastBen Stein has publicly touted ETFs as some of his favorite investment tools. Click to learn more.

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