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2011: A Year Of ETF Firsts

by on December 6, 2011

2011 has been arguably one the busiest ever for the ETF industry, as we are on pace to break through 300 new launches for the year. As we rapidly approach 1,400 total funds in the space, it can be a daunting task to try and keep up with the tidal wave of new products that seem to hit the market each week. For those who have been overwhelmed by this year’s debuts, they may be missing out on a number of new and innovative products. Below, we outline the ETF firsts that 2011 brought to better educate investors on the options that currently exist. [click to continue…]

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AdvisorShares, the firm behind one of the largest lineups of actively-managed ETFs, brought its latest idea to market on Wednesday. The most recent addition is the TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF (TTFS), the result of a partnership with a firm known for innovative research on the connections between stock liquidity and long-term performance.

The TrimTabs methodology is based on the idea that stocks perform best when the total number of outstanding shares has decreased over the past four months or so. The rationale for this criteria is pretty straightforward; with the same amount of money chasing a declining number of shares, there should be upward pressure on share prices. If corporate insiders have more complete information than the general public, their timing of repurchases should be indicative of a bullish outlook on the prospects of their business. [click to continue…]

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The ETF industry’s strong growth in recent years has led to innovation across the board. Now, investors can find products that offer exposure to nearly every corner of global markets through a single ticker. And while many of these new options have been welcomed with open arms, investors have been wary of others. One space [...]

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Complete List Of Active ETFs

by on June 5, 2011 | Updated November 16, 2012

Since PowerShares debuted its first active ETFs in the spring of 2008, this corner of the exchange-traded product market has grown tremendously. Though many active ETFs have been somewhat slow to accumulate assets, the increase in the size of the lineup highlights the trend towards vehicles that combine active management with the exchange-traded structure [see [...]

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February marked another month of growth for the U.S. ETF industry, though the pace of inflows slowed a bit from recent months. According to data from the National Stock Exchange assets stood at $1.055 trillion at the end of February, an increase of about 3.5% over the previous month. February inflows totaled $7.4 billion, down [...]

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John Del Vecchio is the Portfolio Manager and Principal at Ranger Alternative Management, L.P., the firm that recently partnered with AdvisorShares on the Active Bear ETF (HDGE). He recently sat down with ETF Database to discuss his approach to identifying short sale candidates and potential applications for a short only fund within a portfolio:

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The introduction and rapid expansion of the ETF industry has no doubt been a very positive development for investors big and small. The low fees characteristic of the exchange-traded structure have allowed cost-conscious investors to minimize expenses without sacrificing returns, while the enhanced tax efficiency and intraday trading capabilities have contributed increased flexibility to the [...]

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After a quiet stretch during the second half of December, January continued the wave of product innovation that has become common in the ETF industry. Various issuers introduced first-to-market products and continued the impressive expansion of the exchange-traded product pipeline. The month saw steady releases from various issuers to add to the 1,100+ exchange traded [...]

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AdvisorShares, the Maryland-based issuer behind many of the most popular active ETFs on the market, is expanding its product lineup. Today marks the debut of the Active Bear ETF (HDGE), a fund that seeks capital appreciation through short sales of U.S. stocks. The fund is sub-advised by Ranger Alternative Management, and the management team will [...]

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With the first three quarters of the year now in the books, 2010 has so far seen a continued expansion of the ETF industry; more than 100 new funds have launched and assets have climbed closer to $1 trillion in total. But some corners of the industry that had been pegged as major sources of [...]

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July saw a flurry of activity in the ETF industry, with almost a new fund for every trading day during the month. The surge in new products continues to be driven by innovation rather than duplication; many of the ETFs to hit the market last month were the first of their kind, including unique international [...]

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The past few months have seen a number of interesting developments in the active ETF space. A number of major players in the mutual fund game have laid the groundwork for a foray into the ETF world, a development that could lead to a flood of interest (and cash) in active funds. Grail announced last [...]

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