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March was a month of ups and downs, with the S&P reaching record highs and the European Union scrambling to clean up after the banking crisis in Cyprus. Small businesses and retail sales enjoyed a strong month, with positive effects spilling over into other areas of the U.S. markets. Investors were kept on their toes near the end of March, as the small island nation of Cyrus announced its plans to impose a tax on bank depositors, leaving many fearing that this drastic policy action could spill over to other nations in the currency bloc. With the addition of North Korea threatening war with every nation in reach, it’s no surprise that investors are ending March nervous and preparing for another market slowdown [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

After the rush of new products in the ETF space in the previous months, the introduction of four new funds in March may seem relatively slow, but the market is likely to pick up again due to the number of ETFs that where filed since the beginning of the year [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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As the ETF industry continues to expand, investors are now able to pick and choose from a lineup of over 1,400 products. Whether you are looking to fine-tune exposure to a specific sector or want to apply a quantitative methodology to your investments, exchange-traded funds have provided investors with multiple low-cost and efficient options. And as issuers continue to pump out innovative ETPs year after year, there is perhaps no limit to what these financial instruments can do. Although there are numerous new funds already in the pipeline, taking a step back and looking at the performance of  ETFs that are already on the market paints a vivid picture of just how far the industry has come [find ETFs for every investment objective with the ETF Screener]. [click to continue…]

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August was a hectic month to say the least, as the first few days saw violent swings in major indexes, at times reaching up to 6% in either direction. The majority of the market volatility came first from our inability to pass a solid debt plan in a reasonable amount of time. Though Congress passed […]

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Run For The Hills!

by on August 6, 2011

This past week was one of the worst the markets have seen since the crash in 2008. Lawmakers in Washington came to a consensus regarding the debt-ceiling, voting to raise the limit on our nation’s already towering deficit. Investor sentiment was pessimistic nonetheless and equity markets sold off even after the debt-drama appeared to be […]

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Rydex, the issuer behind the ultra-popular S&P Equal Weight ETF (RSP), announced this week the introduction of two new ETFs that offer equal-weighted exposure to the S&P MidCap 400 Index and S&P SmallCap 600 Index. The new ETFs include:

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