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March was a month of ups and downs, with the S&P reaching record highs and the European Union scrambling to clean up after the banking crisis in Cyprus. Small businesses and retail sales enjoyed a strong month, with positive effects spilling over into other areas of the U.S. markets. Investors were kept on their toes near the end of March, as the small island nation of Cyrus announced its plans to impose a tax on bank depositors, leaving many fearing that this drastic policy action could spill over to other nations in the currency bloc. With the addition of North Korea threatening war with every nation in reach, it’s no surprise that investors are ending March nervous and preparing for another market slowdown [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

After the rush of new products in the ETF space in the previous months, the introduction of four new funds in March may seem relatively slow, but the market is likely to pick up again due to the number of ETFs that where filed since the beginning of the year [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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Dividend investing has always drawn a large crowd for its stability and high current income focus. For the most part, companies choose to make cash distributions when experiencing excess cash or when they want to skew their debt-to-equity ratios. Recently, however, a new trend has developed in which companies have even more incentive to let go of excess cash. As the fiscal cliff approaches, businesses fear that Congress will not be able to come to a viable solution and that tax rates will go back to pre-Bush tax cut levels. This incentive to give shareholders a special dividend before the year’s end may be more appealing to firms than paying the higher tax rates themselves [for more financial ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Claymore announced last week the introduction of a new ETF providing exposure to the smallest of the small cap domestic equities. The Wilshire Micro Cap ETF (WMCR) will seek to replicate the Wilshire US Micro-Cap Index, a benchmark consisting of approximately 1,600 micro cap stocks. The weighted average market capitalization of the underlying index is [...]

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After a few speed bumps early in 2010, ETFs are back on track and traveling full steam ahead. In the first three months of 2010, nearly 60 new ETFs have been launched, which is already equivalent to nearly half funds to hit the market over the course of 2009.  The recent SEC decision to halt approval on products using derivatives may slow this pace a [...]

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Claymore, the Chicagoland issuer known for its line of themed ETFs and targeted sector funds, has launched three new ETFs based on broad market indexes maintained by Wilshire. The new funds include the Wilshire 5000 Total Market ETF (WFVK), Wilshire 45oo Completion Index ETF (WXSP), and Wilshire U.S. REIT ETF (WREI).

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