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October may have started off well in the markets, but after a series of poor earning reports major equity indexes went into a tail spin, landing much lower than many expected to be. Many of the new ETFs that were proposed earlier this year are now finally coming to market, offering unique and potentially profitable investment options; October saw the debut of the newest actively managed fund, as well as an interesting “core” lineup aimed towards long-term investors [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

Wall Street was hit by poor earnings and lackluster developments on the product front, with the closing of thirty funds by the end of the month, all from only two issuers. At the same time, filing activity remains strong; issuers of all shapes and sizes continue to stuff new ideas into the pipeline, and hopefully we will see more of these funds launch before the end of the year [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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One of the most noteworthy innovations in the ETF industry over the last several years has been the development of funds that deliver targeted exposure to investment “factors”, allowing for easy access to techniques that previously required extensive research and maintenance. From high momentum to low beta, there are now ETFs that slice and dice broad equity indexes in a number of different ways to deliver unique risk/return profiles.

ETFs focusing on low volatility stocks have become immediately popular with investors; eight such products have debuted over the last year, and they have already accumulated close to $1 billion in assets. The PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (SPLV), which targets the 100 components of the S&P 500 with lowest historical volatility, has gathered about $880 million since debuting last May. Other ETFs exist targeting low volatility stocks in emerging markets (EEMV), developed markets outside the U.S. (EFAV, XLVO), and small cap domestic equities (SLYV) [see also Inverse VIX ETN (XIV) Gets Hot Again].  [click to continue…]

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Russell, the longtime index provider in the midst of a major push into the ETF issuer business, continued the rapid expansion of its product lineup this week with the introduction of its first international equity funds. The company launched three new funds focusing on developed markets outside of the U.S., with each targeting exposure based […]

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Since making its ETF debut earlier this year, Russell has moved quickly to build out a suite of investment discipline and factor products that bring time-tested strategies to investors in the tax efficient and low cost exchange-traded wrapper. The Russell ETF lineup currently consists of 17 funds, and the company has filed details on several […]

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May ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures

by on June 1, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

May was a tumultuous month for equity markets, as instability around the world pushed and pulled on major indexes through the last several weeks. Perhaps the biggest news of the month was the re-emergence of the European debt crisis; with Greece in yet another dire situation, many investors are concerned about the overall stability of […]

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Recapping A Wild Week

by on May 28, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

After concerns about Europe dominated trading in the early part of the week, U.S. and international markets staged a comeback in the final sessions of the week, putting most major benchmarks higher but not enough to break through into the green on the week. Though Friday was light on volume ahead of an extended holiday […]

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Russell broadened its ETF footprint considerably on Friday, rolling out a suite of ten factor ETFs offering exposure to large cap and small cap domestic equities. The aggressive expansion comes just over a week after Russell made its long awaited debut in the ETF industry with the launch of six funds offering exposure to investment […]

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As the ETF industry continues to expand at an impressive rate, many companies that were tangentially related to exchange-traded funds have begun to see the promise of issuing their own products in the rapidly growing market. Russell Investments, perhaps best known as the index provider behind some of the world’s most popular ETFs, is one […]

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