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During uncertain times, investors gravitate toward lower volatility equities and ETFs, as there is generally less risk attached to these products due to their more stable price action. But even during calm and high growth times, low volatility equities and ETFs have benefits. Growth within the ETF industry now provides investors with highly liquid vehicles for accessing a basket of low volatility equities. In good times and bad, there are several reasons to consider holding a low volatility ETF in your portfolio [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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PowerShares, the firm behind the incredibly popular S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (SPLV) has added two more products that employ a similar methodology in international stock markets. The new ETFs, the first launched by PowerShares in 2012, include [for analysis of all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

  • PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (EELV): Linked to the S&P BMI Emerging Markets Low Volatility Index, this ETF consists of 200 of the least volatile stocks over the past 12 months.
  • PowerShares S&P International Developed Low Volatility Portfolio (IDLV): This ETF offers exposure to 200 stocks from developed markets outside the U.S. that have exhibited the lowest volatility over the last 12 months. [click to continue…]

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This past year was the most active ever for the exchange traded industry in terms of product development; the launch of more than 300 new products shattered the record set in 2010. And innovation continues to run high in the industry; the creativity of issuers is still impressive, as many of the ETFs that have […]

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Innovation has come to be expected in the ETF industry, where a number of developments over the last several years have made a number of new asset classes and investment strategies accessible through the low-cost, tax-efficient exchange-traded structure. From leveraged ETFs to commodity ETPs to VIX-based products, there have been a number of “firsts” in […]

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The third quarter got off to a sizzling start in the ETF industry; a surge in asset prices boosted asset levels significantly after two months of freefalls, and the product development activity remained strong after a busy month of September. Close to 30 new products began trading last month, including many first-to-market ideas that have […]

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Markets Clear Technical Hurdle

by on October 22, 2011

Earnings season is well underway and investors on Wall Street appear to be quite content with the latest round of corporate performance results from industry leaders. Debt-woes stemming from the Euro zone continue to dominate headlines as investors anxiously await for policymakers to agree upon a comprehensive plan in the near future. Domestic equity indexes […]

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iShares, the largest issuer of ETFs in the U.S. by total assets, rolled out another suite of funds on Thursday that offer targeted exposure to domestic and international equity markets. The new iShares minimum volatility ETFs are the latest in a trend of products targeting specific investment factors and disciplines, following similar offerings in recent […]

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