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The proliferation of exchange-traded products has opened up the investing landscape to participants of all styles and experience levels. Virtually anyone with a personal brokerage account can now tap into any number of global asset classes; whether its domestic or foreign stocks, commodities, or bonds, there’s more than likely several ETFs covering the space. While many utilize ETFs as core building blocks in their portfolios thanks to the transparency and cost-efficiency benefits associated with the product wrapper, these instruments have also been embraced by active trader [see also 17 ETFs For Day Traders].

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ProShares added a pair of products designed for investors looking to bet on the short term performance of the often volatile financial sector today. Two new ETFs, the ProShares UltraPro Financials (FINU) and ProShares UltraPro Short Financials (FINZ) will offer 300% daily leveraged exposure to the Dow Jones U.S. Financials Index, a benchmark that consists of large banking institutions. The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Sector Index Fund (IYF) offers non-leveraged exposure to that benchmark. IYF, which is up about 11% so far in 2012, makes its largest individual allocations to Wells Fargo, JP Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway.  [click to continue…]

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October ETF Data: Surge In Inflows, Back Above $1 Trillion

by on November 3, 2011 | Updated April 29, 2013

ETF assets rode a surge in stock markets higher in October, as total AUM for U.S.-listed exchange-traded products climbed higher by more than 11% last month. According to the latest figures from the National Stock Exchange, ETP assets stood at $1.08 trillion at the end of October, with monthly inflows of nearly $24 billion for […]

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Direxion, one of the leading issuers of leveraged ETFs, announced reverse splits for six of its 3x bear funds. Five of the leveraged products will undergo 1-for-5 reverse splits for shareholders of record after the close of the markets on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011: Daily Financial Bear 3x Shares (FAZ) Daily Large Cap Bear 3x […]

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As we head towards the finish line of 2010, the ETF industry finds itself in an interesting position. Regulatory scrutiny has intensified, leading to significant uncertainty over the future of certain product development initiatives. Active ETFs continue to generate hype, but little in the way of assets. Investors have fully embraced bond ETFs, which now […]

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Investors had expected this week to be all about earnings reports. And for the first four days it was, with several bellwether firms reporting first quarter results that ranged from disappointing (Google) to impressive (Intel). But the earnings season successes and failures were overshadowed on Friday morning when the Securities & Exchange Commission charged Goldman […]

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Since the global equity markets bottomed out in March 2009, the financial sector has been one of the top-performing corners of the U.S. economy. After being hammered as fears of a financial meltdown spread through Wall Street, big banks have recovered to strengthen their balance sheets, begin reporting profits once again, and even pay back […]

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After a few speed bumps early in 2010, ETFs are back on track and traveling full steam ahead. In the first three months of 2010, nearly 60 new ETFs have been launched, which is already equivalent to nearly half funds to hit the market over the course of 2009.  The recent SEC decision to halt approval on products using derivatives may slow this pace a […]

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Direxion, the pioneer of 3x and -3x daily leveraged ETFs in the U.S., is going international. Beginning on March 31, six Direxion Shares Daily ETFs will be listed on the Amsterdam market of NYSE Euronext, significantly expanding the base of investors with access to these products. The Direxion ETFs available on this market include daily […]

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ProShares, a leading provider of inverse and leveraged ETFs, has filed for approval on seven addition ETFs, including four “ultra” international ETFs and three products focusing on a popular regional bank index. The international ETFs complement four existing 200% inverse products, and include:

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One of the best sources of information on the state of the ETF industry is the monthly data download from the National Stock Exchange. While the most interesting numbers are generally the fund flows into exchange-traded products and the issuer “totem pole,” the release has some pretty thorough statistics on notional and share trading volumes. […]

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Don Dion, who covers ETFs for TheStreet.com and runs Dion Money Management, recently wrote a three part series highlighting the “10 Most Dangerous ETFs”. Dion notes that as the ETF industry continues to expand beyond “plain vanilla” funds, investors are introduced to products that can face significant liquidity issues, be subject to increased regulatory scrutiny, […]

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