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The summer months might have seen low trading volumes in the stock markets, but the ever evolving ETP industry kept investors on their toes. August alone saw the end of more than a handful of products, but with the promise of many more to come this fall. 

Last month saw the beginning of five new ETFs that are focused on growing consumer interests: fixed income funds, access to new emerging markets and duplicating the results of hedge funds. Each fund introduced this month took one of these concepts to a new level, following the closing of a number of different offerings. Over25 ETFs were liquidated this month,  with the majority shutting down after failing to accumulate significant assets under management. On the other hand, 45 new ETFs were submitted to the SEC this month to fill this void in the market, with many of these new filings following the trends of the five most recently launched. Below, we outline all of the new launches from the month in addition to profiling exciting products to come [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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The FocusShares lineup of ETFs hit its one year milestone this week, marking the anniversary of the launch of 15 products focusing on U.S. equities. When FocusShares made its entrance 12 months ago, it marked the latest development in an ongoing “price war” in the ETF industry; many of the FocusShares ETFs launched as the cheapest options available for the exposure offered, and the availability commission free at one of the largest online brokerages gave investors another option for reducing overall fees. Twelve of the 15 FocusShares ETF posted positive returns in their first year of operations, led by the Morningstar Consumer Defensive Index ETF (FCD) with a gain of almost 17%. The Focus Morningstar Large Cap Index ETF (FLG) outperformed the S&P 500 by about 100 basis points in its first year [see also Under The Hood Of FocusShares: Q&A With Kris Wallace & Erik Liik].  [click to continue…]

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March marked the most active month yet in 2011 for the ETF industry. While both of the previous months saw a healthy boost in funds introduced and filed for, March brought 38 new funds to market, expanding the exchange traded world even further. With the total number of funds now nearing 1,200, investors have more […]

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The new FocusShares ETFs have only been trading for two sessions, but have managed to attract attention for a number of different reasons already. The unit of Scottrade debuted 15 U.S. equity ETFs yesterday, making a splash in the ETF industry with rock bottom expense ratios that undercut many of the competitors. The new ETFs […]

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FocusShares, the company acquired last year by Scottrade, has debuted 15 U.S. equity ETFs that are among the cheapest exchange-traded products available. The new products, which include both market cap-specific and sector-specific funds, are all linked to indexes developed and maintained by Morningstar. The new FocusShares ETFs include:

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In October 2008, FocusShares announced that it was shutting down its four ETFs after the funds had failed to attract significant assets in about a year of operations. That first generation of FocusShares products included hyper-targeted funds such as the Homebuilders Index Fund, SINdex Fund, Homeland Security Index Fund, and Wal-Mart Supplier Index Fund. Almost […]

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Free ETF Trading: Comparing All The Options

by on October 22, 2010 | Updated July 9, 2014

As the ETF world continues to grow, the competitive landscape continues to evolve. A growing number of firms have attempted to differentiate themselves by offering unique exposure to asset classes and strategies not previously available–such as funds tracking the Philippine stock market or ETNs linked to the price of industrial metals such as zinc or […]