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Over the last three years, Wall Street has witnessed a tremendous shift in the investment environment. Investors are slowly adopting riskier appetites as they continue to recover from the 2008 financial crisis, allowing bullish momentum to become a more dominant force in the markets. But while most asset classes have fared relatively well over the years, some have posted both hits and misses  [see 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013]. [click to continue…]

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Since the dawn of financial innovation, legendary gurus have always held the spotlight, as these individuals helped shape and develop the market we know today. Though their contributions are certainly significant, there is one group of sometimes overlooked individuals who have continually played a major role in the world of finance and economics: professors. And with the ETF industry continuing its rapid development and expansion, academics are getting on board [see Visual History Of The S&P 500]. [click to continue…]

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For many investors, generating alpha is perhaps one of the most important results any long-term portfolio should deliver. Most would agree that simply placing one’s assets in a broad market index, such as the S&P 500, is not the most efficient means of achieving excess returns. Instead, investors turn to alternative strategies to exploit profit […]

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The ETF industry has certainly come a long way since SPY made its debut as the first exchange-traded fund in 1993. With over 1,400 products to chose from, investors of all walks can now have cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe. From plain vanilla funds to the more complex and intriguing products, issuers […]

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ProShares announced the launch of the Hedge Replication ETF (HDG), a new product that will seek to provide returns characteristic of the hedge fund asset class. The new ETF is designed to maintain a high correlation to the HFRI Weighted Composite Index, an equal-weighted composite of more than 2,000 funds.

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on […]

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ProShares Debuts Two VIX ETFs

by on January 4, 2011 | Updated November 20, 2012

ProShares, a leading issuer of leveraged ETFs, launched one of the last new ETFs of 2010 when it debuted the RAFI Long/Short (RALS) in December. Now the company has launched the first new ETFs of 2011, rolling out two volatility products on Tuesday. The ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures (VIXY) and VIX Mid-Term Futures (VIXM) are […]

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ProShares, the Maryland-based ETF issuer known as a pioneer of leveraged exchange-traded products, announced today the latest addition to its product line. Like many of the new products hitting the market in recent weeks, the ProShares RAFI Long/Short (RALS) will be the first of its kind. RALS will seek to replicate the RAFI U.S. Equity […]

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Rob Arnott’s footprint on the ETF industry just might be getting a little bit bigger. ProShares, the Maryland-based leveraged and inverse ETF giant, recently filed details with the SEC on an ETF that would seek to track the performance of the RAFI US Equity Long/Short Index. That benchmark is based on a methodology devised by […]

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As ETFs have growth from a closet industry to a primary element of the investing landscape, the number of products available to U.S. investors has surged, rising to more than 1,000 over the last two years. Many of the new products to hit the market in recent years have been twists on the most popular […]

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Beyond SPY: Nine Alternatives To S&P 500 ETFs

by on April 21, 2010 | Updated December 8, 2014

When ETFs began to make their way into the investing mainstream, almost all products were “plain vanilla” funds linked to well known stock benchmarks, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500. But as the popularity of ETFs has surged, so too has the number of product offerings, with approximately 30 issuers now […]

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Many investors point to the rise of the ETF industry as a clear shift in preferences away from relatively expensive active management in favor of low-cost indexing. It’s been said that the alpha hunters have evolved into beta grazers. But the benefits of the ETF structure aren’t reserved solely for passive cap-weighted products, and the […]

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