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The ETF industry has been experiencing exponential growth over the past few years, as we are now able to choose from more than 1,400 products with well over $1 trillion in combined assets. But as with any budding industry, there comes a time when it is necessary to trim the fat so to speak, and upkeep the quality of options available. As a result, the past few months have seen a fair amount of funds close that simply failed to attract investor attention [see also Doomsday Special: 7 Hard Asset Investments You Can Hold in Your Hand]. [click to continue…]

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ProShares continues to aggressively expand its line of leveraged ETF offerings, announcing the launch of four new products on Thursday. The new 200% leveraged ETFs are: [click to continue…]

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The swelling controversy over the risks associated with leveraged ETFs has apparently caused its first casualty. St. Louis-based Edward Jones & Co., the prominent financial services firm, decided during a regular review of its products in June to stop selling leveraged funds, citing the fact that they are “one of the most misunderstood and potentially dangerous […]

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The National Stock Exchange has released its monthly statistical bulletin for June, and the ETF industry certainly seems to have avoided any sort of “June swoon.” Although the trends for the industry as a whole are overwhelmingly positive, a trio of fund sponsors enjoyed particularly successful months. A few of the highlights from the report:

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ProShares launched four new international ETFs on Thursday, expanding its already dominant line of inverse leveraged ETFs focusing on foreign markets. With the launch of these four funds, ProShares doubles the size of its product line in this area, which already featured -200% leveraged funds tracking the MSCI Japan Index, Xinhua 25 China Index, MSCI Emerging Markets […]

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