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Amid the vast ETF landscape, investors are bound to run into seemingly-identical offerings from different issuers. In many of these instances, the differences between the products are often trivial; sometimes it’s just a few basis points in the expense ratio or slight differences when considering the underlying holdings. On the other hand, there are instances when two ETFs operating under the same umbrella are in fact quite different from one another [see also When the Fine Print Matters for ETF Investors].  [click to continue…]

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Diversity and innovation remain the driving forces behind the ETF industry’s impressive growth. With more than 1,500 ETFs available on the market today, investors have a plethora of strategies and asset classes to pick and choose from. Actively-managed and smart beta products have been shaking up the industry as more and more investors grow comfortable with utilizing these unique strategies, making it more difficult for some of the “plain vanilla” vehicles out there to get the attention they deserve. More specifically, we’re talking about investment style ETFs, which have allowed for easy and cost-efficient access to the age-old strategies of  “Value” and “Growth” investing [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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With more than 1,500 ETFs available on the market today, investors have grown comfortable with utilizing some of the more sophisticated strategies out there for fine tuning their exposure and tapping into previously difficult-to-reach asset classes. When it comes to tactical allocation, the sheer diversity among ETFs comes in handy; investors can pick and choose […]

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The bull market rages on thanks to quelled fears surrounding the political situation in Washington D.C. and upbeat reports and outlooks from a number of bellwethers on Wall Street this earnings season. Amid all of the euphoria, it’s easy for many to get caught up with which broad-based equity benchmark is leading the charge; the […]

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While overseas demand has increased, the chip industry has yet to fully regain the ground U.S. markets lost during the recent recession. Many of the nation’s chip producers rely on businesses to drive sales, and as technology companies come out of survival mode prospects for producers have improved considerably. Below, we outline two semiconductor ETFs that […]

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Since their inception, ETFs have made their way into countless portfolios, giving investors access to nearly every corner of the global market. In light of U.S. markets closing July 4th to celebrate Independence Day, we are looking into the historical battle for returns between U.S. markets and their British counterparts [check out the 25 Wild ETF […]

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Since the economic slowdown in 2008, investors have slowly started to shed their domestic fund bias and started to search the world for greener pastures. As one of the most diverse markets, Asia has become a haven for both risk adverse and long term investors looking for firms in developed economies, and a home for […]

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While passive, index-based funds continue to reign supreme in terms of assets under management, investors have also started to tap into alternative asset classes available within the ETF universe in search of uncorrelated returns. With nearly half a dozen Hedge Fund ETFs to choose from, some might be left wondering which product is right for them. For […]

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With over 1,400 ETFs on the market and new products launching every month, some might find the sheer variety of options intimidating. When looking to diversify overseas the first question that stumps many investors is which approach to take; some prefer the simplicity that is associated with broad-based ETFs, while others may wish to take […]

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The ETF industry continues to democratize asset classes, as mainstream investors can now access more corners of the global market than ever before in an easy, cost-efficient manner. In fact, the ETF landscape has grown so much that investors can now even choose between different approaches when it comes to establishing exposure to foreign markets. For example, someone looking […]

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The ever-expanding ETF universe has spawned an array of instruments that have allowed investors of all walks and styles to shed their home country bias. Through the purchase of a single ticker, investors can now easily tap into dozens of markets overseas that were previously too difficult to reach for most. As a result, foreign […]

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Innovation remains a driving force in the ETF universe and the increasingly diverse product lineup is evidence of this phenomenon. Socially responsible investing is by no means a new concept as mutual funds have been employing “sustainable” investing strategies for years now; however, the introduction of this investment approach in an ETF wrapper has made […]

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