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This year is off to a hot start for U.S. equity markets as encouraging economic data has helped to restore confidence in the domestic recovery, paving the way higher for stocks as investors increase their risk appetite. The bull-run on Wall Street has undoubtedly caught investors’ eyes, and many are looking for a way to tap into the action. Despite the optimistic outlook for the economy, many investors are still faced with a critical challenge: market timing. Buying in at the wrong time, even during a bull market, can end up costing more than you bargained for [see also Greedy When Others Are Fearful ETFdb Portfolio]. Luckily, newcomer QuantShares offers a toolbox of “market neutral” ETFs, allowing for tactical exposure while easing the burden on investors to try and time the market. 

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AdvisorShares, one of the largest issuers of actively-managed ETFs, has forged a partnership to bring an active sector rotation ETF to market. The new Rockledge SectorSAM ETF (SSAM), which began trading Thursday, will seek to generate stable and consistent returns in all market conditions, developing a dollar neutral portfolio comprised of sector ETFs. The new ETF will utilize the Sector Scoring and Allocation Methodology (“SSAM”), a technique based on a proprietary quantitative analysis model that forecasts the projected returns to various sectors of the U.S. economy. The ETF will establish long positions in sector ETFs that are expected to outperform the S&P 500 and short positions in those that are expected to underperform that benchmark. [click to continue…]

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Innovation across the exchange-traded universe has brought forth a host of investment strategies to mainstream investors, allowing for access to previously difficult to reach corners of the global financial market. Aside from the well-known benefits of ETFs, like ease-of-use and transparency, the structure of these investment vehicles holds several, often times overlooked, tax benefits as […]

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One of the oft-cited benefits of the ETF boom over the last several years is the democratization of asset classes, such as commodities and volatility, that were previously available only to sophisticated and wealthy investors. The marriage of these asset classes with the exchange-traded structure allows investors to tap into securities that can be extremely […]

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After a summer slowdown that saw the pace of new ETF launches decline dramatically, product development in the industry ramped up in September. The end of vacation season brought a wave of new exchange-traded products to market, including several first-to-market concepts and the introduction of a couple of new issuers. September also saw a continuation […]

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A Week In The Green

by on September 17, 2011 | Updated September 19, 2011

The last week was a welcome change of pace for investors, as markets generally cruised higher despite a lack of meaningful good news that traditionally accompanies such rallies. Attractive entry points finally drove some back into risky assets, though significant uncertainty remains over the outlook from here–especially with parts of Europe now precariously teetering on […]

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After a slow month of new product launches in August, the first few days of September have already seen a noticeable uptick in activity. Wednesday was the first day of trading for four new exchange-traded funds from QuantShares, a newcomer to the ETF industry who had filed details on the suite of market neutral ETFs […]

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