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Amidst all of the financial worries stemming from the Eurozone overseas, iPath launched two new U.S. Treasury ETNs this week, including options for establishing both long and short exposure to intermediate term Treasury futures. The iPath U.S. Treasury 5-year Bull ETN (DFVL) offers long exposure to the Barclays Capital 5Y US Treasury Futures Targeted Exposure Index, which seeks to produce returns that track movements in response to changes in the yields available to investors purchasing 5-year U.S. Treasury notes. The iPath U.S. Treasury 5-Year Bear ETN (DFVS) offers inverse exposure to the same index described above, giving investors an option for taking a short position in 5-year Treasury futures contracts. To accomplish this objective, the performance of the index tracks the returns of a notional investment in a weighted long position in relation to 5-year Treasury futures contracts, as traded on the Chicago Board of Trade.

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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 the year, while fixed income benchmarks have similarly hovered around breakeven. Beyond these broad generalizations, there are some significant performance discrepancies among exchange-traded products that may seem to offer up similar risk/return profiles.

The following tables highlight the top performers from every ETFdb Category during the first six months of the year, shedding some light on the asset classes that have struggled and thrived so far in 2011–and reinforcing that the seemingly minor distinctions between ETPs can lead to big differences in performance [for monthly updates on the best performers, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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The month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and […]

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iPath, one of the largest issuers of exchange traded notes (ETNs) announced today a significant expansion of its product line. The firm introduced eight new ETNs linked to indexes measuring the performance of various corners of the government bond market. The fixed income ETNs join an existing product line that includes debt instruments offering exposure […]

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