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This was the year of bond ETF growth, with massive inflows into this asset class over the last few months. After the financial crisis, investors have flocked to this consistent and often high-yielding asset class. In the last month some have backed off as worries of the fiscal cliff spill over into investment practices, but this long-term market will still end this year with some of the highest cash inflow of the year [For updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

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Despite the recent worries about the fiscal cliff and the outcome of the Presidential election, 2012 has been a generally strong year for the U.S. markets. Most broad indexes have surged and produced returns in the double digits over the last year. While many of the best performers–such as technology or biotech stocks–are not that surprising given their growth-oriented nature, there have been quite a few “interesting” winners in 2012.

Generally perceived as very risky, these market segments–along with their respective exchange-traded funds that track them–have done quite well for investors in the uncertain economic environment. Past performance is no guarantee of future results; however, it is important to see where you’ve been in order to see where you’re going [sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

Here we present the five ETFs with surprisingly strong 2012 performances: [click to continue…]

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5 ETF Superstars of 2012

by on September 11, 2012

After stretching out the global recovery over the last four years, equity markets finally had a strong start to 2012, but it was short lived. While this summer has been tame in comparison to last year, resurfacing Euro zone worries have made for a tumultuous quarter on Wall Street. There is also the added stress to the markets of the upcoming presidential election and […]

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Five ETF Surprises From The First Half

by on June 28, 2012 | Updated July 27, 2012

As an up-and-down (and up again) first half of the year draws to a close, many portfolios have managed to squeeze out moderate gains so far in 2012. Looking around at the various exchange-traded products reveals some interesting results after what can only be described as an exciting six month stretch. While many ETFs have […]

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With the first half of 2012 coming to a close, investors find themselves perhaps only partially through a rocky roller coaster ride. Europe has undeniably been the story of 2012 to this point, and will likely continue to steer global equity markets in the second half. So it’s no surprise perhaps that there are plenty […]

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Assets in bond exchange-traded products have been climbing steadily for the past several years, reflecting an increased degree of comfort among investors with the idea of achieving fixed income exposure through the exchange-traded wrapper. The bond ETF universe has expanded quite a bit in recent years; there are now exchange-traded products that cover most major international […]

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Top 10 Noteworthy ETF Trends Of 2011

by on December 26, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

The curtain is about to drop on 2011, a year that will go down as a record-breaking period for the rapidly-expanding ETF industry. More than 300 exchange-traded products began trading this year, with dozens of issuers rolling out new products. While some of the new additions bear a striking resemblance to more established products on […]

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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 […]

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Euro Bond ETFs: Big Yields, Big Risks

by on November 30, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

Europe has been in the spotlight throughout the last several months as the continent has fought an increasingly desperate battle to ward off a wave of sovereign debt defaults that could ultimately lead to the end of the euro. While much of the attention–particularly from international investors–has focused on tumbling stocks, bond markets across the […]

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Bond ETFs

by on November 22, 2011 | Updated September 22, 2014

Interest in achieving fixed income exposure through exchange-traded funds has been a hot topic in recent years, with some advisors expressing serious concerns over the potential shortcomings in bond ETFs while others have fully embraced the efficiencies of the exchange-traded structure [see Are Bond ETFs Broken?].

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Six Noteworthy ETF Innovations

by on November 16, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Since the ETF industry was conceived in 1993, innovation has been a hallmark of this rapidly-expanding corner of the investing landscape. Thanks to a unique structure that allows for liquidity, transparency, and tax efficiency, ETFs have quickly and consistently taken market share from other types of securities, bringing newfound flexibility to all types of portfolios. […]

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PowerShares rolled out a pair of ETNs offering inverse exposure to Japanese government bonds, rounding out a suite of products delivering targeted exposure to one of the world’s largest debt markets. The new ETNs join the existing Japanese Government Bond Futures ETN (JGBL) and 3x Japanese Government Bond Futures ETN (JGBT), both of which are […]

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