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UBS, the issuer behind one of the broadest lineups of ETNs available to U.S. investors, continued the aggressive expansion of its product lineup this week with the introduction of two unique offerings. The company rolled out a pair of blunt instruments designed to be used in high level “risk on / risk off” trades, a term that has become popular in recent months as risky assets have exhibited strong correlations with one another and so-called “safe havens” have thrived whenever uncertainty pops up. The new ETRACS Fisher Gartman Risk On On ETN (ONN) will seek to replicate the Fisher-Gartman Risk Index, a benchmark that includes long positions in various risky asset classes such as stocks and commodities and short positions in traditional safe haven investments such as sovereign bonds. The index consists of 150% long positions combined with 50% short exposure, resulting in a net 100% long portfolio: [click to continue…]

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ETF Research Report Now Available: China ETFs In Focus

by on July 31, 2011 | Updated August 3, 2011

Over the past few years it has become increasingly clear that China is now the most important economy in the world. Though second to the U.S. in total size, China accounts directly for a significant portion of global GDP growth and has contributed indirectly to expansion in developed and emerging markets around the globe–particularly resource rich countries that have stepped up to fuel ongoing urbanization and aggressive infrastructure expansions and improvements.

As interest in China’s equity markets has surged in recent years, it shouldn’t be surprising that investors have embraced ETFs as an efficient means of accessing this promising economy. There are currently nearly two dozen ETFs offering exposure to China, including both broad-based and sector-specific offerings. Moreover, investors seeking leveraged exposure or access to the Chinese currency have additional choices from the ETF lineup. [click to continue…]

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IndexIQ, the New York-based ETF issuer that specializes in small caps and quantitative methodology ETFs, announced the latest expansion to its product lineup today with the debut of the IQ Hong Kong Small Cap ETF (HKK). This brand new fund will be the first of its kind to target small cap companies that are domiciled in the […]

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Although many investors are growing increasingly wary of investing in China thanks to ongoing fears over high inflation and a possible rate hike, the nation remains the most popular destination for investors seeking emerging market exposure. Currently, the China Equities ETFdb Category has 18 securities in total with over $12.7 billion in aggregate AUM, meaning […]

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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we […]

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As the world’s three key developed market zones–the U.S., the EU, and Japan–continue to struggle under the weight of mounting debt burdens, high unemployment, and slow growth environments, investors have made a rapid exodus out of “advanced” markets and into emerging markets that now account for the majority of global GDP growth. These nations generally […]

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The recent recession and the seemingly ever-present fear of a double dip has caused many consumers to sharply cut back on their discretionary purchases. High unemployment levels across much of the developed world have not helped matters either, as governments have struggled to balance job creation programs with the implementation of austerity measures demanded by […]

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In the wake of the most recent global economic downturn, there has been a monumental reshuffling atop the global totem pole. The emerging markets of the world have–well, emerged–as the clear leaders in a new global economy, returning to impressive growth rates as developed economies battle still-rising unemployment, deflation, fiscal crises, and a host of […]

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Markets trended higher in the holiday shortened week, as the S&P 500 flirted with and then crossed the 1,100 mark. The dollar strengthened throughout the week as debt clouds continue to hang over the euro zone and after the Fed raised the discount rate to 75 basis points. Below, we offer our picks for the […]

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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iShares ETFs Closing?

by on December 14, 2009

BlackRock’s acquisition of Barclays Global Investors and iShares seemingly went off without a hitch earlier this month. But certain actions required by terms of the deal have proven difficult to wrap up, resulting in a dozen iShares funds now operating under interim investment advisory agreements and potentially closing down.

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