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ETNs

As yield has become a major investing theme in recent years, ETF issuers have started to develop intricate strategies to help investors capture handsome dividends. Introducing leverage to the dividend world allowed for a number of issuers to put out products that yielded in excess of the double digit mark, with one even breaking through the 20% barrier. The ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN  (MORL, n/a) was the first fund of its kind and offers one of the most jaw-dropping dividend yields you will ever come across [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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Three ETFs Up 100% (And More) In 2012

by on August 30, 2012 | Updated September 24, 2012

With two thirds of 2012 in the books, the year is on track to be a relatively solid stretch for most investors. Despite an abundance of potential land mines and significant challenges, such as stubbornly high unemployment, general uncertainty over the future of the Euro zone, and a “fiscal cliff” on the horizon, stocks have generally continued their upward climb that began when markets bottomed out about three and a half years ago.

Broad-based stock ETFs like the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) are firmly in positive territory for the year, while the tech-heavy PowerShares QQQ has posted even more impressive gains thanks to a red hot tech sector. Certain corners of the market have been quietly posting some impressive performances; some homebuilder ETFs have gained close to 50%, while many biotech ETFs have added 30% or more [see the 100 best and 100 worst ETF performers of 2012]. [click to continue…]

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Under the umbrella of exchange-traded products, ETNs have attracted far less interest than their ETF cousins and now represent only a small portion of total ETP assets. Exchange-traded notes are debt instruments linked to the performance of an index, and as a result there won’t be any tracking error with these products. Although these investment vehicles […]

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Investor interest in dividend-paying stocks has generally surged over the past two years, as the combination of climbing volatility and record low interest rates has sent investors flocking towards equities that offer meaningful current returns. The vehicle of choice for many pursuing this objective has been ETFs; there are now some four dozen exchange-traded products […]

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One of the largest ETNs has reached its maximum weight according to the issuing institution, and will soon face restrictions on growth. JP Morgan announced on Monday that it would cap the maximum number of shares of the popular Alerian MLP Index ETN (AMJ) that can be issued, meaning that creations of the note could […]

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UBS continues to develop a suite of exchange-traded notes that appeal to yield-focused investors, recently expanding its lineup with a pair of ETNs that offer monthly leveraged exposure to dividend-paying stocks. Both of the new ETNs will be linked to indexes that currently serve as the basis for extremely popular dividend ETFs; the new UBS […]

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Short ETFs: Everything You Need To Know

by on April 23, 2012 | Updated July 9, 2014

As the ETF universe has expanded by leaps and bounds, investors now have tools at their disposal to accomplish almost every objective. From plain vanilla stock and bond indexes to hyper-targeted regional and sector funds, there are ETFs to bet on just about every asset class. And there are also a number of ETFs that […]

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As the ETF industry has rapidly expanded, so too have the options investors have for slicing and dicing markets. One of the most popular innovations in recent years has been the ability to access volatility through the exchange-traded structure; there are now multiple ETPs for gaining exposure to VIX contracts, including a number of inverse […]

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UBS continued to expand its lineup of monthly leveraged ETPs this month, debuting a product that is designed to deliver amplified exposure to international real estate firms. The new Monthly Pay 2x Leveraged Dow Jones International Real Estate ETN (RWXL) will deliver leveraged exposure to a benchmark that consists of REITs from around the world, […]

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Perhaps the most popular fad among investors over the past couple of years has been interest in dividend-paying stocks; with yields at record lows and risk aversion regularly spiking, portfolios have shifted towards stocks of companies known for making regular distributions of their cash flows. Not surprisingly, many investors are embracing ETFs to achieve exposure […]

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Assets in bond exchange-traded products have been climbing steadily for the past several years, reflecting an increased degree of comfort among investors with the idea of achieving fixed income exposure through the exchange-traded wrapper. The bond ETF universe has expanded quite a bit in recent years; there are now exchange-traded products that cover most major international […]

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VelocityShares has significantly increased its leveraged ETP lineup, recently announcing eight new products that offer amplified exposure to various natural resources. The new ETNs will offer 3x and -3x exposure to natural gas, crude oil, and Brent crude, as well as 2x and -2x products targeting indexes comprised of copper futures. The new ETNs will […]

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