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Jeremy Pylypczak

With Europe continuing to sit in a state of paralysis, U.S. investors started the week off pessimistically with markets experiencing a four-day losing streak. In a dramatic leap, stocks surged ahead Friday afternoon following U.S. payrolls data, which rose more than expected in July. Though the Dow jumped to a three-month high, investors should be weary that at least a portion of Friday’s growth could be attributed to investors covering their bearish bets. The Euro is slowly gaining some ground as European leaders are working feverishly to come up with a concrete solution to their debt crisis. Though the U.S. added some 163,000 jobs during the month of July, unemployment continued to tick upwards. This sure sign of our economy’s weakness has left investors speculating as to whether or not the U.S. Federal Reserve will step in with additional measures in an attempt to fuel our stagnant economy [see also 7 Simple & Cheap ETF Model Portfolio].

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July proved to be yet another eventful month as multiple ETF issuers wasted no time in rolling out over ten new products in the past several weeks. Though usually a slower season in regards to product development, this summer has had no shortage of new activity. Investors now have more options than ever as issuers continue to seek out new and innovative product offerings.

Though July was another up/down month in the global stock markets, the ETP industry showed strength through its continued growth. This past month’s launches are a diversified mix of exchange-traded products including equities, fixed income and currency offerings. Among the new additions are a “Random Roger” actively-managed fund and a new Master Limited Partnership ETN. The commodity front was rather quiet after a busy month in June, but two new currency offerings focused on the Australian dollar are sure to entertain investors; if not with their performance than at least with their names (GDAY and CROC). Below, we outline all of the new launches from the month to keep you up to date on all of the latest offerings available [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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This holiday-shortened week was full of surprises as incoming economic data gave investors plenty to speculate about. The week started off with modest gains in anticipation of Thursday’s European Central Bank meeting, at which the decision of interest rate changes was to be announced. The Commerce Department reported an increase in orders for manufactured goods […]

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Rate Cuts Fail To Stir Optimism

by on July 7, 2012

Stocks kicked off the week to a strong start although profit-taking pressures swept over in the second half just as we warned investors in our Monday edition of ETF Insider. Interest rate cuts from the European Central Bank as well as China’s prompted a surprisingly bearish reaction in the markets; investors gave into selling pressures in the […]

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After a week full of both economic and political happenings, stocks rallied in their second-largest jump of the year. These gains can be directly attributed to efforts that took place at the two-day euro zone summit, which surprisingly produced what many interpreted to be a couple of steps in the right direction. The end-of-the-week summit […]

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Stocks Simmer As Fed Twists Again

by on June 23, 2012 | Updated June 29, 2012

Stocks markets endured another week of back-and-forth trading as stimulus hopes collided with looming threats from Europe and concerning economic data releases on the homefront. The much anticipated FOMC announcement was rather anticlimactic as markets seemed apathetic to the Fed’s decision to extend Operation Twist. Chairman Bernanke did leave some hope on the table as […]

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