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As we approach the halfway point of 2012, we are on track for yet another period of tremendous growth for the lineup of ETFs. More than a hundred new funds have begun trading already this year, and dozens of issuers continue to plan aggressive expansions of their product lineups. 

While the blistering pace of expansion continues, launching new ETFs that catch on quickly with investors remains quite challenging. More than 95% of the ETFs to debut this year have not yet cracked the $100 million mark, and many of them are languishing with fewer than $10 million in assets. The most successful new ETF to launch in 2012 has been PIMCO’s Total Return ETF (BOND) by a landslide. The ETF managed by legendary bond investor Bill Gross has already gathered about $1.3 billion in assets under management, putting it well ahead of other funds such as GOVT ($380 million) and SJNK ($111 million). [click to continue…]

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Exchange-Traded Concepts, the firm providing turnkey solutions to companies looking to make an entrance into the ETF industry, announced this week the debut of a unique product that will seek to clone strategies implemented by hedge funds. The new AlphaClone Alternative Alpha Exchange-Traded Fund (ALFA) will seek to replicate the AlphaClone Hedge Fund Long/Short Index, a benchmark that is constructed based on publicly disclosed positions of hedge funds and institutional investors.

The underlying index includes holdings that are disclosed by managers with the highest “clone score,” a metric that measures the efficacy of following a manager based on their publicly disclosed holdings. Clone scores incorporate monthly returns in excess of a broad market index, as well as a fixed hurdle rate over time [sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn

by on May 23, 2012 | Updated June 12, 2014

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have burst on to the scene in the late 2000s and early 2010s, raking in hundreds of billions of dollars in assets and prompting a major shift towards indexing strategies in the process. ETFs have empowered financial advisors (FAs), registered investment advisors (RIAs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), money managers, and retail investors […]

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At times, it seems as if the number of ETFs available to U.S. investors will soon exceed the number of stars in the sky. That might be overstating things a bit, but the pace of expansion in the ETF industry has truly been impressive over the last several years. With multiple products seemingly debuting every […]

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Today brings the most anticipated ETF launch of the last several years, with PIMCO debuting an exchange-traded version of its popular Total Return Bond Fund (TRXT). The new ETF, PIMCO’s fifth actively managed product, is managed by bond guru Bill Gross–who is widely regarded as the top fixed income manager in the world. The move […]

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Bond fund giant PIMCO launched its highly anticipated Total Return ETF (TRXT) on Thursday, bringing to market an exchange-traded version of the mutual fund that has accumulated about $250 billion in assets since its debut in the 1980s. The new ETF is the most eagerly anticipated product launch of the last several years–perhaps throughout the […]

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With more than 40% of the U.S. market, iShares has long been the leader in the U.S. ETF industry. But in recent years the competition has been gaining ground, thanks in part to more cost efficient products. According to the ETF Industry Association, Vanguard led all ETF issuers with almost $36 billion in cash inflows […]

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There are hundreds of exchange-traded products at various points in the product development pipeline, but perhaps none of the funds that could debut in 2012 are as highly anticipated as the PIMCO Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund (TRXT). The bond fund giant had previously filed for approval for an ETF version of the world’s largest bond […]

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ETFs: The $10 Billion Club

by on January 11, 2012

It is no secret that the ETF industry is dominated by just a handful of products. The majority of the $1 trillion plus assets are confined to roughly 100 funds, leaving the other 1,300 ETFs in the dust. But as growth in the industry continues to pick up, more and more funds are entering elite […]

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The year-end periods provides the ETF industry with a couple of opportunities to flex its collective muscle; performance comparisons generally tend to favor those products with lower expense ratios–a defining feature of exchange-traded funds. But early January also puts another benefit of exchange-traded products into focus: enhanced tax efficiency relative to traditional mutual funds. The […]

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Beware Of Lingering Euro Fears

by on January 9, 2012

Equity markets hit the ground running last week as investors came back from the holiday weekend with a fairly optimistic outlook for 2012. U.S. stocks started off the year with a solid rally as investors’ confidence was bolstered by multiple better-than-expected economic data reports; consistent improvements in the housing market coupled with a downtick in […]

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The ETF industry finished 2011 with assets of about $1.06 trillion according to data recently released by the ETF Industry Association. Total assets grew by about 5% over the previous year, when the industry stood at $1.01 trillion. Net cash inflows for the year totaled about $117.6 billion, a slight decrease from 2010 when the […]

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