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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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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 IndexIQ’s various products as well as how investors might be able use his firm’s […]

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The proliferation of exchange-traded products has opened up previously difficult-to-reach corners of the investing landscape, allowing for retail investors with online brokerage accounts to access virtually any asset class in an easy, cost-efficient manner. While passive, index-based ETFs have found their way into countless portfolios, many are turning to more innovative funds in search of […]

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Ultimate Guide To IndexIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI)

by on October 22, 2012 | Updated October 23, 2012

Even though the definition of “hedge fund” has changed over time, morphing from largely market-neutral strategies to a much wider variety of leveraged strategies, most retail investors still can’t get into these lucrative funds. As such, the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI) is an intriguing offering, as it seeks to replicate the performance of […]

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The proliferation of ETFs has opened up the investable universe to virtually anyone with a brokerage account; novice investors can trade alongside seasoned money managers in any number of asset classes that were previously simply out-of-reach for most, with everything from emerging markets bonds to commodities and in between. With innovation comes complexity, however, and […]

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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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How To Lose Money Trading ETFs

by on July 23, 2012 | Updated December 8, 2014

ETFs have found their way into countless portfolios as investors of all walks have embraced this product structure as the preferred means of tapping into previously difficult-to-reach corners of the market. In addition to offering transparent, diversified and cost-efficient exposure to virtually any asset class, ETFs have also gained popularity with more active traders who […]

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This week shaped out to be quite dismal for equity markets as investors were reminded of looming eurozone debt drama and the painfully slow road to recovery at home. A fairly weak start to corporate earnings season only added to the already towering list of uncertainties plaguing the global economy as aluminum giant Alcoa and […]

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Exchange-Traded Concepts, the firm providing turnkey solutions to companies looking to make an entrance into the ETF industry, announced this week the debut of a unique product that will seek to clone strategies implemented by hedge funds. The new AlphaClone Alternative Alpha Exchange-Traded Fund (ALFA) will seek to replicate the AlphaClone Hedge Fund Long/Short Index, […]

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Equity indexes crept lower throughout the week as investors were unhappy to digest a number of worse-than-expected economic data releases. Slight drop-offs in consumer confidence and durable goods orders were enough to spark a wave of profit taking on Wall Street. Global X filed with the SEC to bring to market a basket of hedge […]

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Understanding Some Misunderstood ETFs

by on March 8, 2012 | Updated July 9, 2014

The vast majority of the more than 1,600 ETFs now available are pretty straightforward; most investors can pretty quickly grasp the investment objectives based on a quick glance at the name and holdings. There are, however, some ETFs that investors do not understand well at all–products that are actually quite different from the perceptions that many […]

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