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The big story for 2013 has been the relentless bull market that has pushed markets to continually hit new highs. The positive sentiment on Wall Street bled into the ETF industry, as a number of new funds were able to quickly gain the attention of investors and gather a significant amount of assets.

It seems that as the years go on, the ETF space gets more fleshed out and issuers turn to more unique products to slice-and-dice the universe in new and exciting ways. 2013 has certainly been no exception as there have been a number of ETF firsts throughout the year. But uniqueness does not guarantee the success of a fund, as there are some ideas with a solid investing thesis that simply fail to catch on with investors. [click to continue…]

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May was yet another strong month in the markets, with few investors selling early this year to avoid a summer slump. However, some investors were spooked early in the month after the FOMC rate decision and press conference. In its statement, the Fed said it would continue its $85 billion a month bond buying program, but indicated that it could either increase or decrease the amount it purchases monthly depending on the economic environment. Only two weeks later, funds took a dip after a report that the Fed may be ready to scale back its massive bond program sooner than any analysts had expected. With the end of May in sight, Treasury yields skyrocketed to levels not seen in over 13 months, leading many high yield corners of the market to suffer [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

May had a number of new funds launch in the beginning and end of the month, with 10 new ETFs entering the ring. With issuers still filling the product pipeline it seems that this summer may be a busy one for ETFs [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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