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The summer months might have seen low trading volumes in the stock markets, but the ever evolving ETP industry kept investors on their toes. August alone saw the end of more than a handful of products, but with the promise of many more to come this fall. 

Last month saw the beginning of five new ETFs that are focused on growing consumer interests: fixed income funds, access to new emerging markets and duplicating the results of hedge funds. Each fund introduced this month took one of these concepts to a new level, following the closing of a number of different offerings. Over25 ETFs were liquidated this month,  with the majority shutting down after failing to accumulate significant assets under management. On the other hand, 45 new ETFs were submitted to the SEC this month to fill this void in the market, with many of these new filings following the trends of the five most recently launched. Below, we outline all of the new launches from the month in addition to profiling exciting products to come [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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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 semiconductor manufacturer Applied Materials both missed analyst estimates. Amidst another chaotic week on Wall Street, IndexIQ made the announcement it would soon close the doors on its small cap South Korea ETF while United States Commodity Funds filed for its first currency fund [see also What Are Options? The Ultimate Beginners' Guide]. 

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The Chinese economy has carved out its presence on the global stage and this Asian bellwether continues to offer lucrative growth potential while much of developed world lags behind. China’s rapid expansion has been, and continues to be, fueled by favorable demographic trends; an ever-expanding middle class coupled with increasing rates of urbanization are just […]

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iShares has made another round of additions to its ETF lineup of well more than 200 products, debuting funds that target small cap stocks in Hong Kong and Singapore. The company also debuted an ETF linked to the MSCI World Index, a broad benchmark of stocks in developed markets: 

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Six Noteworthy ETF Innovations

by on November 16, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Since the ETF industry was conceived in 1993, innovation has been a hallmark of this rapidly-expanding corner of the investing landscape. Thanks to a unique structure that allows for liquidity, transparency, and tax efficiency, ETFs have quickly and consistently taken market share from other types of securities, bringing newfound flexibility to all types of portfolios. […]

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The saying “never judge a book by its cover” is certainly applicable to a wide range of situations. That includes the business of investing; for advisors and individuals who use ETFs, the old adage can be very relevant, valuable advice. There are now more than 1,300 exchange-traded products now available to U.S. investors, and that […]

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The ETF industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds as investors embrace the numerous benefits associated with the exchange-traded product structure. Recent volatility in the markets hasn’t stopped the industry from expanding as issuers continue to beef up their product pipelines and roll out first-to-market products. In a slew of SEC filings, iShares, the […]

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Job creation–or the lack thereof–has taken center stage throughout much of the developed world, emerging as one of the most substantial hurdles to economic growth and potential catalysts of a double dip recession. The jobs situation in the U.S. is shaping up to be the central issue in the next presidential election, sticking out as […]

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on […]

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Van Eck announced the latest addition to its fast-growing ETF lineup today, rolling out a fund that offers exposure to small cap German companies. The Market Vectors Germany Small-Cap ETF (GERJ) will seek to replicate the Market Vectors Germany Small-Cap Index, a benchmark that includes small cap companies listed in Germany or that generate at least […]

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When considering the equity allocation of an investor portfolio, perhaps the most common bifurcation made is between developed and emerging markets. The distinction between developed and emerging markets has become a hot topic in recent years thanks to the tremendous gaps in growth and risk between the two groups. As developed markets have struggled to […]

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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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