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As correlations between international markets have steadily increased over the years, identifying non-correlated assets has become both increasingly important and difficult. In this environment, long/short investment strategies may be an intriguing opportunity, as they maintain the potential to generate positive returns even in the most challenging of economic climates. Investors who wish to access the long/short sector have a number of strong options available at their fingertips [Download Free Report: How To Buy The Right ETF Every Time].

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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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Industry newcomer QuantShares broke ground in late 2011 with its release of a full suite of intriguing market neutral ETFs. Each of the firm’s products are linked to an equal-weighted index that is both dollar neutral and sector neutral, offering long/short exposure to sub-sets of broader indexes. Bill DeRoche, chairman and CEO, recently took time […]

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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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