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10 Questions About ETFs You’ve Been Too Afraid To Ask

by on February 5, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

As the exchange-traded world continues to expand, many investors find themselves asking the same questions about how these products work. Of course, not everyone is as vocal about their curiosities, leaving a number of unanswered questions in the space. In an ongoing effort to keep you educated about the ETF world, we mapped out ten questions you may have been too afraid to ask [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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The ETF industry has certainly come a long way since SPY made its debut as the first exchange-traded fund in 1993. With over 1,400 products to chose from, investors of all walks can now have cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe. From plain vanilla funds to the more complex and intriguing products, issuers continue to pump out innovative ETPs year after year. Although there are numerous new funds already in the pipeline, taking a step back and looking at the performance of  ETFs that have been on the market for a while paints a vivid picture of just how far the industry has come [see also 5 Worst ETF Strategies Of The Last 5 Years].

This month marks the three-year anniversary of three offerings from issuers EG Shares, ALPS and ProShares. Since July of 2009, the emerging market fund AGEM, the sector weighted EQL, and the alternative 130/30 ETF CSM have certainly established themselves as some of the most popular and useful investment vehicles available on the market. Combined, these funds have accumulated over $171.5 million and counting in total assets over the last three years. [click to continue…]

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In the universe of equity ETFs, market capitalization weighting strategies are incredibly dominant. The majority of the hundreds of domestic and international stock ETFs available to U.S. investors are linked to cap-weighted benchmarks, and the lion’s share of assets is in products that utilize this well known methodology. But thanks in part to the ETF […]

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With the finish line in sight, it’s fairly safe to say that 2011 will be remembered by most investors as a wild, back-and-forth year that brought plenty of both hope and despair. A hot start raised optimism of a continued recovery after a generally impressive 2011, but the summer months were anything but relaxing; major […]

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Ten Commandments Of ETF Investing

by on October 21, 2010 | Updated June 30, 2014

As ETFs have burst on to the scene in the early 2010s and worked their way into the investing mainstream, the number of products available and complexity of exposure offered has increased significantly. Advisors and investors have taken steps to educate themselves on the ins and outs of ETFs, but many are still scrambling to play […]

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The meteoric rise of the ETF industry–and to a smaller extent the introduction of index mutual funds some 20 years earlier–has had the effect of transforming indexes from hypothetical measures of performance into investable assets. As indexing strategies continue to gain more widespread acceptance with all levels of investors, the scrutiny of construction and maintenance […]

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Product development activity in the ETF industry continues behind the scenes at an impressive pace. ALPS Advisors, the firm behind the Equal Sector Weight ETF (EQL), recently filed details on a new exchange-traded product that would be linked to the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index. That benchmark consists of Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) that earn at […]

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Beyond SPY: Nine Alternatives To S&P 500 ETFs

by on April 21, 2010 | Updated December 8, 2014

When ETFs began to make their way into the investing mainstream, almost all products were “plain vanilla” funds linked to well known stock benchmarks, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500. But as the popularity of ETFs has surged, so too has the number of product offerings, with approximately 30 issuers now […]

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As the popularity of ETFs has surged in recent years, so too has the number of funds available to investors. With well more than 900 exchange-traded products listed on U.S. exchanges, some have speculated that the ETF industry has “gone into absolute overdrive”, and that the wave of new product launches that continues to wash […]

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Does Your Portfolio Need A “RAFI ETF”?

by on March 3, 2010 | Updated November 6, 2012

In recent years, investors have begun moving away from traditional active management in favor of more cost-efficient indexing strategies. The result has been a tremendous surge in the popularity of ETFs and a serious threat to actively-managed mutual funds that have dominated the investment industry for decades. As market indexes have transitioned from performance benchmarks […]

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In the world of investing, tradition is king, and lengthy histories carry significant weight with an investing public that is surprisingly entrenched in its ways. As creatures of habit, investors are slow to part with familiar strategies and metrics that have lengthy histories. Take the Dow Jones Industrial Average, for example. The “Dow” has several […]

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It’s been an interesting week the world of ETFs:  Technology stocks reported strong earnings and oil finished the week at the $80/bbl mark. Here are the ETF Database staff picks of the week’s most important and interesting stories from around the Web:

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