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As ETFs have burst on to the scene in recent years, just about every serious investor and professional money manager has taken a crash course in exchange-traded products, becoming familiar with the countless benefits and nuances of these products. Features such as enhanced transparency, upgraded tax efficiency, and low costs are generally well known at this point, as are the tickers of many of the more popular exchange-traded products [see also Bright Spots In The ETF Landscape: Five Funds Holding Their Value In A Wild 2011].

But even if you’re up to date on the latest developments in the ETF industry, odds are that there is quite a bit you don’t know about exchange-traded funds (and the various ETF cousins out there). Here are ten facts about the ETF industry that may seem a bit hard to believe: [click to continue…]

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As the ETF industry continues to grow, the size of the product lineup has raced towards 1,300 and each week seemingly brings a slew of new product introductions. While some investors have no qualms about jumping into a new ETF right off the bat, others prefer to limit their investable universe to products that have at least a partial track record.

During the month of July, 25 ETPs will hit their one year anniversary, potentially opening them up to investment by those who face age restrictions in their portfolios. Many of the ETFs that debuted in July of 2010 were innovative, first-to-market products; the month’s launches included the first small cap India ETF (SCIN), a suite of ex-U.S. sector funds from iShares, and a fund focused exclusively on the lithium industry (LIT). Also hitting the market was the E-TRACS 2x Leveraged Long Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN (MLPL) from UBS, a product offering leveraged exposure to an increasingly popular asset class. [click to continue…]

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Despite a push for greener technologies across the board, consumers have been relatively slow to adopt electric cars here in the United States. In fact, only 1.5 million hybrids are currently on the roads in the country out of a total 250 million cars overall, while all-electric cars make up an even smaller amount that […]

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With oil once again approaching $100/bbl., investors are becoming increasingly bullish on everything alternative as solar, wind, and clean tech companies have all seen 2011 start off much better than 2010 ended up. This renewed optimism for clean tech investing has caused many investors to take another look at some of the industries most vital […]

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In 2010, Global X launched a number of niche ETFs focusing on companies engaged in the extraction and refinement of various commodities, including lithium (LIT), uranium (URA), and silver (SIL). The New York -based issuer made the first 2011 addition to its suite of commodity ETFs on Wednesday, rolling out the first fund to offer […]

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This past year the ETF industry picked up steam, as total assets in exchange-traded products reached $1 trillion for the first time. As ETFs continued their impressive growth, issuers have continued to provide innovative products to the market in order to meet ever-increasing demand. This past year saw the inception of a number of unique […]

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With 2011 just around the corner, the curtain is closing on yet another year of tremendous expansion in the ETF industry. With inflows for the year at close to $100 billion, total ETF assets will recently eclipsed the $1 trillion mark for the first time. From a product development standpoint, 2010 was a record year; […]

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With the finish line in sight, 2010 has been a generally solid year for commodities as an asset class; strong demand from emerging markets, a shaky dollar, fears about inflation, and a number of supply issues have conspired to send prices of everything from corn to gold to sugar skyward [see Top Five Commodity ETFs […]

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Over the past year, interest in commodities has skyrocketed as countless commodities from gold to wheat have surged to fresh highs. This trend has put renewed focus on not only physically-backed commodity ETFs, but commodity producing equities as well. At last count, there were 25 ETFs in the Commodity Producers ETFdb Category, with five funds […]

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With the end of the year approaching, 2010 has seen the introduction of a variety of ETFs into the marketplace targeting numerous industries and countries. The majority of these new funds have given investors targeted exposure to countries and sectors, offering new ways to slice and dice the universe of investable assets within the efficient […]

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It’s baaaaaaaack. After a brief hiatus that saw investors rushing to determine the best ways to battle deflation, inflationary concerns have begun to surface again. The cause of the latest bout of inflationary anxiety is of course the QE2 program recently announced by the Federal Reserve that calls for the purchase of hundreds of billions […]

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Global X Launches Gold Explorers ETF (GLDX)

by on November 4, 2010 | Updated April 29, 2013

Global X, one of the fastest-growing U.S. ETF issuers, announced today the latest addition to its product lineup. The company rolled out the Gold Explorers ETF (GLDX), the first pure play fund offering exposure to gold exploration companies. The new fund will offer exposure to this unique segment of the gold mining life cycle by […]

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