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The Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is among the most popular fixed income benchmarks in the world. So popular, in fact, that it has become synonymous with the term “total bond market.” With nearly 9,000 bonds under its wing, the index has been tracked by funds of all shapes and sizes around the industry. In the ETF world there are three funds that track the index with no bells or whistles added on and one that tracks a similar, float-adjusted version. That number may sound low, but when you consider that there are four ETFs designed to do nearly the exact same thing, it can be a little surprising [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free ETF Daily Roundup]. [click to continue…]

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Since 2009, Charles Schwab has been releasing a line of ETFs determined to undercut the competition when it comes to expense ratios. With this line of products has come a new standard for the cheapest ETF on the market, charging just 0.04% per year for investment (there are some ETFs that temporarily charge no fees, but we have omitted them from the conversation). Now that these products have had several years on the market, we decided to take a look behind their makeup and how they stack up against the competition. [click to continue…]

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The rapid expansion and development of the ETF industry has made it easy and cost-effective for mainstream investors to tap into virtually any asset class. And though there are many products out there that allow investors to add exposure to hyper-targeted markets, most utilize the investment vehicles as core holdings in their portfolios [see How To Pick The […]

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Charles Schwab continued the ETF industry’s downward pressure on fees by announcing last week that it is drastically reducing the expense ratios charged by several of its exchange-traded products. Schwab, which pioneered the concept of commission-free trading for ETFs within the last few years, joins a long list of issuers who have reduced fees in […]

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Today brings the most anticipated ETF launch of the last several years, with PIMCO debuting an exchange-traded version of its popular Total Return Bond Fund (TRXT). The new ETF, PIMCO’s fifth actively managed product, is managed by bond guru Bill Gross–who is widely regarded as the top fixed income manager in the world. The move […]

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Bond fund giant PIMCO launched its highly anticipated Total Return ETF (TRXT) on Thursday, bringing to market an exchange-traded version of the mutual fund that has accumulated about $250 billion in assets since its debut in the 1980s. The new ETF is the most eagerly anticipated product launch of the last several years–perhaps throughout the […]

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There are hundreds of exchange-traded products at various points in the product development pipeline, but perhaps none of the funds that could debut in 2012 are as highly anticipated as the PIMCO Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund (TRXT). The bond fund giant had previously filed for approval for an ETF version of the world’s largest bond […]

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As the calendars prepare to flip forward, it appears as if 2011 will go down as a record-breaking year for the ETF industry on the product development front. More than 300 new ETPs began trading this year, shattering the previous record set in 2010. But despite the record size of the ETF lineup, it appears […]

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Growth and evolution have been recurring themes in the exchange-traded universe in 2011, as investors are now faced with a diverse product lineup of  over 1,400 ETPs. More than 300 of those are new additions in 2011, a year that broke the previous record for extent of product development. And while many of the new […]

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The Top 10 Cheapest And Most Expensive ETFs

by on December 20, 2011 | Updated November 2, 2012

One of the founding principles of the ETF industry was cost competitiveness; after being charged upwards of 150 basis points for their favorite mutual funds, investors had grown tired of surrendering a substantial portion of their gains to the managers of big name funds. Now, there are ETFs that charge as low as 5 basis […]

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U.S. ETF assets declined slightly in November according to the latest data from the National Stock Exchange, as the rapidly-growing industry experienced net outflows amidst a general flight from both domestic and international equities. The industry finished last month with $1.06 trillion in net assets, down about 2% from the previous month but up 12% […]

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Financial advisors and individual investors who have embraced ETFs are generally painted as a cost conscious crowd, passing over expensive active mutual funds in favor of cheap indexing strategies. In general ETFs are considerably cheaper than mutual funds, thanks not only to the indexing strategy but also to the more efficient exchange-traded structure. But not […]

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