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2011: A Year Of ETF Firsts

by on December 6, 2011

2011 has been arguably one the busiest ever for the ETF industry, as we are on pace to break through 300 new launches for the year. As we rapidly approach 1,400 total funds in the space, it can be a daunting task to try and keep up with the tidal wave of new products that seem to hit the market each week. For those who have been overwhelmed by this year’s debuts, they may be missing out on a number of new and innovative products. Below, we outline the ETF firsts that 2011 brought to better educate investors on the options that currently exist. [click to continue…]

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Recently, we hosted Stuart Rosenthal, CEO and Co-Founder of Factor Advisors, the company behind the FactorShares ETF lineup, here at the ETF Database headquarters. In our wide ranging conversation, we discussed how Stuart got started in the ETF business, what factor investing entails, as well as the potential benefits of using the ETF structure to bring this concept to the masses.

ETF Database (ETFdb): How did you get into the ETF business? [click to continue…]

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Five ETF Strategies For A Sideways Market

by on June 10, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Most investors have a pretty good idea which ETFs will perform well in bull markets (generally any type of risky asset, including equities and commodities) and which will perform well in bear markets (low risk bonds and inverse equity ETFs, among other asset classes). But finding products that have the potential to deliver meaningful gains […]


Tweaking Our All ETF Portfolio

by on June 8, 2011

This week has continued where last week left off, as selling across the board continues to plague equities. Tech and financials are leading on the downside as new government regulations and fears over a slowdown in the economy are weighing on stocks. Meanwhile, traders are continuing to seek the safety of T-Bills as protection in […]

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Greedy In A Fearful Environment

by on June 1, 2011

There is an old Warren Buffett mantra that advises investors to be greedy when others are fearful (and vice versa). In the current environment, there is certainly no shortage of fear–or of opportunities. Despite a holiday-shortened week U.S. equity markets have been extremely volatile, surging in Tuesday trading only to crater on Wednesday thanks to […]

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Debuting Our All-ETF Portfolio

by on May 25, 2011

The last few days have seen a number of interesting developments in financial markets, as commodities have seemingly resumed their skyward trajectory and Europe once again seems headed for a complete meltdown. Against this backdrop, we introduce the ETF Insider all-ETF portfolio, a hands-on portfolio that seeks to establish a small handful of tactical positions […]

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One of the biggest stories in the ETF world over the past year has been the rise of free trading partnerships between a number of the country’s biggest online brokerage houses and ETF issuers. TD Ameritrade and Fidelity are among the firms that have rolled out programs offering commission-free ETF trading on select funds; Fidelity […]

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After January saw the introduction of nearly two dozen ETFs, February was a bit of a slowdown from a product development standpoint. Still, the month saw plenty of activity, as 14 new exchange-traded products launched and the pipeline continued to fill with both duplicative concepts and innovative ideas. February proved that the industry still has […]

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FactorShares, a new entrant to the ETF industry, has launched a suite of leveraged products designed to offer investors exposure to the differentials in daily returns between various asset classes. The new leveraged funds will give investors an opportunity to bet that one asset class will increase in value relative to another over a single […]

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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 […]