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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.

If anything, the pace of innovation has accelerated dramatically in the late 2000s and the early 2010s; an aggressive product pipeline has produced hundreds of new products from 2008 to 2014, many of which are first-to-market ideas that tap in to new asset classes and investment strategies. Some of these innovations have benefited investors broadly, while others have been noteworthy primarily to more targeted groups [see 25 Things Every Financial Advisor Should Know About ETFs]. In case you haven’t been keeping up with all the latest developments in the ETF industry, here’s a quick recap of some of the noteworthy innovations that have enhanced the tools available to advisors and individuals alike: [click to continue…]

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Precidian Funds, a New Jersey-based ETF newcomer, announced on Thursday the launch of the first U.S.-listed ETF offering exposure to the Nikkei 225 Index. The new MAXIS Nikkei 225 Index ETF (NKY) will seek to replicate the widely followed benchmark of Japanese stocks, often referred to simply as the Nikkei or the Nikkei Index. That benchmark is a price-weighted index consisting of 225 stocks listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The Nikkei has been calculated by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper since 1950. There are several investment products linked to the Nikkei in existence around the world, but NKY is the first U.S.-listed ETF to offer exposure to the well known index. [click to continue…]

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on […]

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IndexIQ, the firm behind a suite of hedge fund replication ETFs and small cap country-specific funds, notched another first for the ETF industry on Thursday. The IQ Japan Mid Cap ETF (RSUN) will seek to replicate an index that consists of about 100 mid cap Japanese stocks. The weighted average market capitalization of the companies […]

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Van Eck announced the latest addition to its fast-growing ETF lineup today, rolling out a fund that offers exposure to small cap German companies. The Market Vectors Germany Small-Cap ETF (GERJ) will seek to replicate the Market Vectors Germany Small-Cap Index, a benchmark that includes small cap companies listed in Germany or that generate at least […]

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This past week was yet another interesting one for the markets as stocks managed to rise broadly despite continued worries over the health of the Japanese economy and the ongoing situation in Libya which is quickly spiraling into an all-out war. Markets, for the most part, shrugged off these concerns and instead focused in on […]

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The attention of investors shifted from the Middle East to Japan late last week, as the natural devastation caused by a massive earthquake trumped the manmade chaos that has been playing out in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the oil-rich region. With rescue efforts intensifying in the north of Japan after a magnitude 8.9 […]

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Van Eck announced on Wednesday the latest addition to its ETF product lineup, rolling out the Market Vectors Small Cap India ETF (SCIF). The new ETF will seek to replicate the performance of the Market Vectors India Small-Cap Index, a benchmark that includes about 120 constituents with an average market capitalization of approximately $450 million.

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IndexIQ announced on Tuesday the launch of the IQ Taiwan Small Cap ETF (TWON), the firm’s fourth product focusing on international small cap stocks. TWON will track the IQ Taiwan Small Cap Index, a cap-weighted benchmark that includes small cap companies domiciled and primarily listed on stock exchanges in Taiwan. The underlying index consists of […]

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IndexIQ, the ETF issuer best known for its funds that seek to replicate hedge fund strategies with liquid, transparent securities, announced today the launch of two new ETFs offering single-country equity exposure. The IQ Canada Small Cap ETF (CNDA) will track the performance of the IQ Canada Small Cap Index, while the IQ Australia Small […]

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Japan ETFs Get GDP Boost

by on February 16, 2010

Despite the high profile struggles for two of Japan’s largest and best-known companies–Toyota’s massive recall and Japan Airlines’ bankruptcy–signs of a long-awaited recovery are finally beginning to emerge in the world’s second largest economy. Japan’s economy unexpectedly grew at an annualized rate of 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2009, crushing analyst estimates of a […]

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Although Japan is perhaps mired in another ‘lost decade’ and faces significant obstacles on the road to material economic growth, the country remains the world’s second largest economy and as such is a major component of the international equity portion of most investor portfolios. After missing out on the bull market that sent much of […]

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