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As markets jostle back and forth, investors have been prepping themselves for what appears to be a sideways pattern in major indexes. Though stocks have been relatively busy as of late, the ETF world was relatively quiet last week, with no new launches. The past few days, however, have seen things pick up as an index rebalance has shifted a popular existing ETF while a new UBS ETN hit the Street yesterday [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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This year has shaped up to be quite kind to investors as major equity indexes are holding onto double-digit gains ahead of the anticipated Santa Claus rally. Much to the bears’ frustration, the U.S. economy has continued its slow and steady expansion while the Federal Reserve’s commitment to an accommodative monetary policy continues to resonate well on Wall Street [see The Complete History Of The S&P 500 Index].

Amid this bull run, investors have continued to embrace the exchange-traded product structure as the preferred means for accessing virtually any asset class out there. With over 1,500 ETFs on the market, active traders and buy-and-hold investors are able to tap into an array of strategies, some of which have delivered truly impressive gains thus far in 2013.

In the spirit of giving thanks today, below we take a look at seven ETF types that have racked up stellar returns year-to-date (as of 11/26/2013) for shareholders; for comparison, the broad U.S. market, as represented by the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY, A), has returned just over 28% YTD:

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In true Washington D.C. fashion, politicians managed to strike a deal less than 24 hours before the looming debt-ceiling deadline. Stocks opened higher yesterday so news of the government reopening mid-day failed to deliver the stellar boost that many had hoped for in light of the clouds of uncertainty scattering. Amid the return of optimism […]

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Bubbles, sell-offs, and bear markets have become a part of our everyday vocabulary as the financial world has taken investors, as well as innocent bystanders, for quite the roller coaster ride this past decade alone. Whether you’re a stock guru or not, it’s no surprise that Wall Street has experienced some turbulent times over the […]

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The Facebook IPO on May 18th, 2012 was chaotic, to say the least. Between the Nasdaq failing to control the flood of trades that came in at the opening bell and the initial over pricing of the IPO itself, the mess of that day set a poor tone for the social networking firm’s future as […]

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Markets enjoyed a strong rally on “Black Friday” as they look to make a run higher for the end of November. But broad indexes had a relatively slow open to the last week of the month, as there was little news to push equities one way or the other. The technology sector  was among the […]

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The past week was a wild one on Wall Street: the stock market tumble was capped with a disappointing jobs report and a steep slide to finish trading on Friday. After closing out one of the worst months of the past several years, June got off on the wrong foot after an official jobs report […]

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Today is the day: Facebook finally becomes a public company, trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol FB. The highly anticipated ETF is expected to bring massive trading volumes, and interest should remain elevated for the next several sessions. The IPO also spurs some rebalancings and reconstitutions for ETFs that will include Facebook in […]

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Today was another dismal trading day with markets selling off viciously as the session came to a close. The Dow lobbed off 156 points and the S&P 500 sank by about 1.5%. That marks 11 losing days out of the last 12 for the Dow. Benchmarks were extremely skittish today as it seems more and […]

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