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Just a few years ago there were only a handful of bond ETFs available to U.S. investors, and almost all of them focused on securities from U.S. issuers denominated in U.S. dollars. One of the most noteworthy innovations to shape the ETF industry over the last several years has been a significant growth in international bond products; as issuers have worked around concentration-related issues and other hurdles, the universe of bond ETPs targeting markets beyond U.S. borders has grown tremendously.

The current economic environment has no doubt contributed to the growth of international bond ETFs; paltry yields on U.S. debt and concerns over the long-term outlook for the euro have understandable sparked interest in ex-U.S. bonds as a way to both boost yields and diversify away some risk [see Better-Than-AGG Total Bond Market ETFdb Portfolio]. [click to continue…]


This past year was the most active ever for the exchange traded industry in terms of product development; the launch of more than 300 new products shattered the record set in 2010. And innovation continues to run high in the industry; the creativity of issuers is still impressive, as many of the ETFs that have debuted over the last year have offered access to new asset classes and strategies. There are no doubt still stones to be overturned, and many new opportunities in the ETF space.

Yesterday, we profiled a number of the new additions to the ETF lineup in 2011 that had been a big hit with investors; nearly 20 of the exchange-traded products launched in 2011 have already accumulated more than $1 billion in assets. Today, we’ll take a look at ten ETFs that debuted in 2011 that haven’t been quite as successful pulling in assets, but that may be useful tools for investors looking to build a balanced, long-term portfolio [see How To Invest Like UBS In 2012].  [click to continue…]

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Back To Basics: 7 ETFs For Long-Term Investors

by on November 29, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

New exchange traded products continue to debut on the market by the cartload, as issuers have been ramping up activity on the product development front while ongoing innovation in the ETF industry is paving the way for one of a kind, first-to-market products. Investors can implement any number of strategies across a multitude of asset […]

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The saying “never judge a book by its cover” is certainly applicable to a wide range of situations. That includes the business of investing; for advisors and individuals who use ETFs, the old adage can be very relevant, valuable advice. There are now more than 1,300 exchange-traded products now available to U.S. investors, and that […]

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June was another interesting month for markets around the world as a number of important events transpired over the past few weeks. The Federal Reserve meeting came and went without much of a hitch as Bernanke called for the end of QE at the end of the month but suggested that the economy was still […]

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Beating The Market In A Rocky Week

by on June 25, 2011

This past week was another rocky one for global markets as worries over Greece temporarily subsided in the middle of the week only to reappear in Friday trading. This resurgence came as a result of several members of Parliament declaring their intentions to vote against the austerity bill, leaving the measure uncertain to pass to say the least. Investors also […]

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AdvisorShares continued the expansion of its suite of actively-managed ETFs this week, rolling out three products that will be sub-advised by Madrona Funds. Madrona is a relatively new asset management firm that believes simple index funds may not provide the optimal approach to investing in U.S. equities. The new Madrona products include an international equity […]

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