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This year may have started off on shaky footing as our nation tiptoed near the fiscal cliff, but when we look in the rear view mirror its undeniable that the bulls prevailed from the beginning through the finals trading days of 2013. While a number of asset classes posted dismal returns, namely precious metals and volatility, a number of others managed to post stellar gains, even topping the S&P 500′s impressive +28% return for the year [see The Worst Performing ETFs of 2013]. [click to continue…]

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This year has shaped up to be quite kind to investors as major equity indexes are holding onto double-digit gains ahead of the anticipated Santa Claus rally. Much to the bears’ frustration, the U.S. economy has continued its slow and steady expansion while the Federal Reserve’s commitment to an accommodative monetary policy continues to resonate well on Wall Street [see The Complete History Of The S&P 500 Index].

Amid this bull run, investors have continued to embrace the exchange-traded product structure as the preferred means for accessing virtually any asset class out there. With over 1,500 ETFs on the market, active traders and buy-and-hold investors are able to tap into an array of strategies, some of which have delivered truly impressive gains thus far in 2013.

In the spirit of giving thanks today, below we take a look at seven ETF types that have racked up stellar returns year-to-date (as of 11/26/2013) for shareholders; for comparison, the broad U.S. market, as represented by the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY, A), has returned just over 28% YTD:

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Tesla Motors (TSLA) is having an outstanding year. With the launch of the Model S this Spring the stock price has nearly tripled, setting the growing company up to become the most recent addition to the NASDAQ 100. This index of 100 non-financial companies consistently outpaces other market indexes, such as the S&P 500 and […]

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After 10 years of business, Tesla is finally starting to gain traction in the U.S. market and will be posting profits for the first time since going public. There have been strong words on both sides about Tesla’s second production vehicle, but after the Model S won Motor Trend Car of the Year earlier this […]

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Wall Street is coming out of earnings season with more steam than before. Even though not all reports were positive, it seems that investors are unwilling to allow anything to slow down returns. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the ETF industry is booming; April alone saw the introduction of 18 new […]

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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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Equities across the globe rose higher for the most part last week, with Portugal’s bond sale easing debt worries, and upbeat earnings reports sending the S&P 500 to new multi-month highs. Meanwhile, gold took a tumble as the conservative safe-haven lost its luster despite continued weakness in the dollar. Treasurys marched upwards on Friday, after […]

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Over the past few years, the number of ETFs tracking the alternative energy industry has soared; what was once just a few funds targeting broad equity and bond markets has now branched out into a diversified mix of ETFs offering exposure to almost every conceivable corner of the investable asset universe. One excellent example of […]

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Earth Day Special: Definitive Guide To Clean Energy ETFs

by on April 22, 2010 | Updated June 15, 2012

Alternative energy remains a fast growing market segment not only in the world of ETFs, but in terms of total investment as well. Since 2005, investment in clean energy increased by 230% to $162 billion in 2009. Echoing similar trends occurring throughout the global economy, emerging markets have stepped up their push to become leaders […]

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It’s been an interesting week in the world of ETFs: gold trading was extremely volatile, and world leaders met in Denmark to discuss climate issues. Here are the ETF Database staff picks of the week’s most important and interesting stories from around the Web:

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