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While passive, index-based funds continue to reign supreme in terms of assets under management, investors have also started to tap into alternative asset classes available within the ETF universe in search of uncorrelated returns. With nearly half a dozen Hedge Fund ETFs to choose from, some might be left wondering which product is right for them. For starters, many investors have some misconceptions about hedge funds.

Despite financial media headlines, hedge funds don’t necessarily strive to generate eye-popping absolute returns; instead, most hedge funds are designed to hedge, dampening volatility and providing diversification benefits to traditional stock-bond portfolios [see Cheapskate Hedge Fund ETFdb Portfolio].

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The proliferation of exchange-traded products has essentially democratized the investment  landscape, opening up previously hard-to-reach corners of the market to average investors. While passive, index-tracking ETFs still remain most investors’ top picks, funds with unique methodologies have become more and more popular as investors search for uncorrelated returns. Hedge-fund-like strategies, which once were reserved for only the wealthy, are now available to investors through a single equity ticker [see Cheapskate Hedge Fund ETFdb Portfolio].  [click to continue…]

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AdvisorShares, one of the largest issuers of active ETFs, made another addition to its lineup this week with the debut of a fund that will seek to capture results of long/short hedge fund managers. The new QAM Equity Hedge ETF (QEH) will employ an active long/short strategy that will seek to outperform about half of […]

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Over the past several weeks, markets have become increasingly choppy as a number of issues are plaguing the global economy. America teeters on the brink of a recession while debt downgrades and slumping investor confidence have rattled European markets as well. Meanwhile, in emerging markets, inflationary concerns are continuing to wreck havoc leaving investors with […]

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ProShares announced the launch of the Hedge Replication ETF (HDG), a new product that will seek to provide returns characteristic of the hedge fund asset class. The new ETF is designed to maintain a high correlation to the HFRI Weighted Composite Index, an equal-weighted composite of more than 2,000 funds.

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How ETFs Have Democratized Investing

by on March 10, 2011 | Updated June 12, 2014

ETFs have been praised for improving the investing experience in a number of different ways. They have been the catalyst for a shift towards low cost indexing strategies, and have placed strong downward pressure on management fees throughout the investing landscape. They have improved tax efficiencies and intraday liquidity, allowing investors to move in and […]

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IndexIQ, the firm known for pioneering the hedge fund replication ETF space, recently made an SEC filing detailing plans for close to a dozen new funds targeting international equity markets. The filing was light on details such as ticker symbols or expense ratios, but highlighted the investment objectives for the innovative funds:

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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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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we […]

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Less than a week into November, the month is shaping up to be one of the most active in recent memory for the ETF industry. Vanguard (international real estate ETF), UBS (another MLP ETN), PIMCO (laddered Treasury fund), and Global X (Gold Explorers) have already launched new ETFs, and several more issuers are expected to […]

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The past few years have seen no shortage of innovation in the ETF space; targeted international products, state-specific funds, and single-commodity ETPs are just a few of the developments to come out of the rapidly-expanding industry. Some of the most interesting products to hit the market recently are found in the Hedge Funds ETFdb Category, […]

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Adam Patti is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of IndexIQ, a New York-based ETF issuer behind several of the most innovative ETF products to hit the market in recent years. He recently took time out of his busy schedule to discuss commodity investing, ETF options for protecting against inflation, and replicating hedge fund-like returns […]

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