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May was yet another strong month in the markets, with few investors selling early this year to avoid a summer slump. However, some investors were spooked early in the month after the FOMC rate decision and press conference. In its statement, the Fed said it would continue its $85 billion a month bond buying program, but indicated that it could either increase or decrease the amount it purchases monthly depending on the economic environment. Only two weeks later, funds took a dip after a report that the Fed may be ready to scale back its massive bond program sooner than any analysts had expected. With the end of May in sight, Treasury yields skyrocketed to levels not seen in over 13 months, leading many high yield corners of the market to suffer [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

May had a number of new funds launch in the beginning and end of the month, with 10 new ETFs entering the ring. With issuers still filling the product pipeline it seems that this summer may be a busy one for ETFs [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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While it was once just full of index tracking funds, the exchange-traded fund universe has continued to grow and evolve over the years. Today, investors not only have access to cheap stock and bond funds, but also to various strategies once reserved for the uber-wealthy or institutional-sized accounts. From covered calls to long-short strategies, regular retail investors now have the ability to compete with the big boys [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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From the most basic portfolio building blocks to specialized funds that give investors access to niche markets, ETFs cover them all, and with the constant opening and filing of new ETFs it is easy to forget about some of the older funds still on the market for investors. Although there are numerous new funds already in […]

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Complete List Of Active ETFs

by on June 5, 2011 | Updated November 16, 2012

Since PowerShares debuted its first active ETFs in the spring of 2008, this corner of the exchange-traded product market has grown tremendously. Though many active ETFs have been somewhat slow to accumulate assets, the increase in the size of the lineup highlights the trend towards vehicles that combine active management with the exchange-traded structure [see […]

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The introduction and rapid expansion of the ETF industry has no doubt been a very positive development for investors big and small. The low fees characteristic of the exchange-traded structure have allowed cost-conscious investors to minimize expenses without sacrificing returns, while the enhanced tax efficiency and intraday trading capabilities have contributed increased flexibility to the […]

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While ETFs have been praised for their ability to offer immediate diversification and low cost exposure to a wide variety of asset classes, more and more investors are also realizing that ETFs may also allow them to tap into relatively complex investment strategies that historically would have required either significant time and analysis or a […]

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The ETF industry has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks in large part to a shift by investors towards cost-efficient passive indexing strategies and away from pricey active management. But many in the industry have opined that actively-managed ETFs–in a sense hybrid products that exhibit characteristics of both active mutual funds and […]

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Less than a week into November, the month is shaping up to be one of the most active in recent memory for the ETF industry. Vanguard (international real estate ETF), UBS (another MLP ETN), PIMCO (laddered Treasury fund), and Global X (Gold Explorers) have already launched new ETFs, and several more issuers are expected to […]

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Traditionally, investors have sought to smooth out the volatility of equity portfolios through the addition of fixed income securities. But in the current liquidity-fueled environment, the relationship between stocks and bonds has strengthened considerably. Since the beginning to 2009, the correlation between the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) and the broad-based Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Fund […]

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The past few years have seen no shortage of innovation in the ETF space; targeted international products, state-specific funds, and single-commodity ETPs are just a few of the developments to come out of the rapidly-expanding industry. Some of the most interesting products to hit the market recently are found in the Hedge Funds ETFdb Category, […]

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The anticipation has been building throughout the last year in the ETF industry, with several of the world’s largest asset management firms laying the groundwork to roll out actively-managed ETFs. Big players in the mutual fund industry, including T. Rowe Price and Legg Mason, are among those crowding around the periphery of the ETF industry, […]

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To say opinions on the future of active ETFs are mixed would be a major understatement. Nearly two years after PowerShares launched its first line of active ETFs and a year after the much-publicized launch of the Grail American Beacon Large Cap Value ETF (GVT), active ETFs remain stuck in first gear. Investors have expressed […]

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