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October may have started off well in the markets, but after a series of poor earning reports major equity indexes went into a tail spin, landing much lower than many expected to be. Many of the new ETFs that were proposed earlier this year are now finally coming to market, offering unique and potentially profitable investment options; October saw the debut of the newest actively managed fund, as well as an interesting “core” lineup aimed towards long-term investors [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

Wall Street was hit by poor earnings and lackluster developments on the product front, with the closing of thirty funds by the end of the month, all from only two issuers. At the same time, filing activity remains strong; issuers of all shapes and sizes continue to stuff new ideas into the pipeline, and hopefully we will see more of these funds launch before the end of the year [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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Though value investing never truly went out of style, it has certainly become an increasingly popular strategy over the past few years. Interest in dividend-paying stocks skyrocketed in 2011 as investors sought both safety and yield. Given the lingering risks to a still-fragile global economic, as well as the likelihood of low rates in many markets through at least next year, interest in this approach figures to remain elevated for the foreseeable future [see also Why Warren Buffett Hates Gold].

The ETF lineup includes dozens of products linked to indexes implementing value screens, including those targeting small, medium and large stocks in the U.S. as well as international markets. In addition, there are a number of options that go beyond traditional metrics used to identify value stocks using unique approaches to pursue investing strategies that seem to be at least partially inspired by the Oracle of Omaha. Below, we profile a handful of ETFs that seem to be consistent with the tenets of investing invented and promoted by the legendary Warren Buffett [for more ETF insights, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:   [click to continue…]

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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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This year more than ever before, investors of all sizes are giving thanks for the tremendous expansion in the ETF industry in recent years. ETF assets continue to climb, even in challenging economic environments. And in many cases, the growth of this industry is thanks to an exodus of cash from traditional mutual funds to […]

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Russell, the firm behind many of the indexes underlying popular equity exchange-traded products, recently entered the industry as an issuer. Earlier this year, Russell Investments acquired Reno-based U.S. One, and subsequently renamed the actively-managed One Fund (ONEF) to the Russell Equity ETF. Now that the firm has actively-managed relief under its belt, Russell is taking […]

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Russell, one of the giants of the indexing world and a relative newcomer to the role of ETF issuer, continued to build out its young product lineup with the launch of four more investment discipline products. Each of the new funds delivers access to a subset of the Russell 2500 Index, a widely followed benchmark […]

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Javelin announced on Tuesday that the last day for trading in its JETS Contrarian Opportunities Index Fund (JCO) will be September 29, citing a failure to attract sufficient assets and investor interest as the cause for the termination of the company’s only ETF. “With many investors looking for new investing tools, we believe that contrarian […]

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In recent years ETFs have become increasingly popular as means of establishing cost efficient, low maintenance exposure to time-tested investment strategies. Russell recently rolled out a line of “investment discipline ETFs” that essentially automate the construction of portfolios consistent with various portfolio management techniques, including Growth at a Reasonable Price (GRPC), Contrarian (CNTR), and Low […]

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Russell broadened its ETF footprint considerably on Friday, rolling out a suite of ten factor ETFs offering exposure to large cap and small cap domestic equities. The aggressive expansion comes just over a week after Russell made its long awaited debut in the ETF industry with the launch of six funds offering exposure to investment […]

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Russell, the firm behind many of the indexes underlying popular equity exchange-traded products, has made its long awaited entrance into the ETF industry as a product sponsor. Earlier this year, Russell acquired Reno-based U.S. One, and subsequently renamed the One Fund (ONEF) to the Russell Equity ETF. Now the firm is rolling out a suite […]

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Russell Investments and Research Affiliates announced this week the creation of a new suite of indexes based on the Fundamental index methodology developed by Research Affiliates founder Rob Arnott. The two companies formed a partnership last year, and are now introducing 24 fundamental-weighted benchmarks measuring the performance of domestic and international equity markets. 

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Compared to September, which saw issuers launch more than two dozen new funds and multiple issuers shutter their entire product lines, October was a relatively slow month for the ETF industry. Though the number of new funds launched was down last month, many of the products that did hit the market were innovative, first-to-market funds […]

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