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For the first time in years, a U.S. ETF was one of the highest yielding of the year, as Dow Jones US Construction Index Fund (ITB) surged ahead of the pack. While home-building in the United States is the first sign of a recovery in the domestic market, elsewhere in the world there were positive and negative signs for the future. Some countries barely felt the economic crisis that shocked the foundations of the developed world, while others are still trying to regain their footing. In this quickly expanding global economy, countries have to recover fast or get left behind [For updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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First Trust announced the introduction of seven new single country international ETFs, dramatically expanding its lineup of international equity funds. Each of the new ETFs will be linked to indexes that utilize the AlphaDEX methodology that is used in a number of existing First Trust ETFs. The new ETFs are:  [click to continue…]

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April was somewhat of a calming month for markets, as geopolitical concerns took a back seat to earnings reports and a relatively uneventful Federal Reserve meeting. This month saw two of the world’s most popular commodities, oil and gold, soar to levels not seen since before the market crashed in 2008. In fact, gold is [...]

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First Trust announced the launch of 13 new ETFs this week, building out the company’s suite of AlphaDEX products that offer exposure to equity benchmarks constructed using quantitative analysis designed to identify stocks that will outperform broad cap-weighted indexes. Joining an existing suite of domestic equity ETFs are nine international equity AlphaDEX products:

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