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Improving growth prospects at home and signs of recovery overseas brought bullish momentum into full force in 2013, allowing major U.S. equity indexes to climb into record high territory. The S&P 500 gained more than 28% during the year, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average logged in a 27% gain – its best year since 1995. Not surprisingly, some of the more “high risk” equity ETFs turned out to be 2013′s top performers: solar, biotechnology, and internet ETFs managed to log in double- and triple-digit returns [see The Best Performing ETFs of 2013]. [click to continue…]

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Issuers big and small continue to fill the development pipeline and with the total product lineup approaching the 1,500 mark, ETF investors are sure to have choices when it comes to shopping around. The ETF Database makes it easy for prospective buyers to slice-and-dice the exchange-traded universe whichever way they want; the ETF Screener allows you to quickly and easily filter down the list of products by dozens of descriptive criteria like asset class, region and sector. Our newest addition, the ETF Analyzer, is by far the most flexible tool available; this resource allows investors to compare a variety of potential investments on a number of criteria, including everything from performance and dividend yield to total holdings and volatility [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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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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Volatility returned to Wall Street as the FOMC meeting earlier in the week sparked waves of worry across the market. Investors have been taking profits from virtually every asset class after the Fed gave no hints that it would look to implement another round of quantitative easing after the current stimulus program expires [see 3 ETFs For […]

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With all of the buzz and excitement building around Facebook’s IPO, it’s likely that some investors are wishing they could have gotten in on the ground floor. Private equity investments are known for incredibly lucrative returns, in addition to having more than a handful of barriers to entry. The reality is that the average investor […]

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Top 10 Noteworthy ETF Trends Of 2011

by on December 26, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

The curtain is about to drop on 2011, a year that will go down as a record-breaking period for the rapidly-expanding ETF industry. More than 300 exchange-traded products began trading this year, with dozens of issuers rolling out new products. While some of the new additions bear a striking resemblance to more established products on […]

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2011: A Year Of ETF Firsts

by on December 6, 2011

2011 has been arguably one the busiest ever for the ETF industry, as we are on pace to break through 300 new launches for the year. As we rapidly approach 1,400 total funds in the space, it can be a daunting task to try and keep up with the tidal wave of new products that […]

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The Best Dividend ETFs Aren’t Dividend ETFs At All

by on September 27, 2011 | Updated November 20, 2012

As the ETF industry has expanded rapidly in recent years, the universe of asset classes and investment strategies accessible through the exchange-traded wrapper has increased dramatically. In addition to funds offering exposure to natural resources and volatility–two asset classes previously beyond the reach of many investors–a number of products have popped up that seek to […]

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UBS rolled out two new ETNs on Thursday, debuting products that offer exposure to Internet-related companies that have recently completed an initial public offering (IPO). The new ETRACS Internet IPO ETN (EIPO) is linked to the UBS Internet IPO Index, a benchmark that consists of companies that maintain operations focused on the Internet that have […]

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UBS Adds 2x Leveraged Version of BDC ETN (BDCL)

by on May 26, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

UBS rolled out the latest addition to its rapidly-expanding ETN lineup this week, adding a 2x leveraged version of the business development company ETN it debuted just last month. The E-TRACS 2x Leveraged Long Wells Fargo Business Development Company ETN (BDCL) will deliver monthly results that correspond to 200% of the monthly change in a […]

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UBS has made another addition to its fast-growing ETN lineup, rolling out a product linked to an index consisting of U.S.-listed business development companies (“BDCs”). Th E-Tracks Linked to the Wells Fargo Business Development Company Index (BDCS) is an exchange-traded note due in April 2041. The underlying index currently consists of about 26 BDCs, including […]

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