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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 options than ever to gain exposure to a wide variety of asset classes and investment strategies. This past month saw introduction of numerous innovative new products, such as the first ever senior loan ETF, Italian and German Treasury ETNs, and a “pure” gold miners ETF. The tail end of the month saw the entrance of a new issuer, FocusShares, who released 15 new ETFs with expense ratios lower than any competitor in the space. Below, we highlight all of the new additions to the ETF lineup over the last month, as well as some new fund filings [sign up for our free ETF newsletter]:

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iShares announced the latest addition to its ETF lineup on Thursday, rolling out a fund that seeks to deliver exposure to U.S. companies that have consistently delivered relatively high dividend yields. The iShares High Dividend Equity Fund (HDV) will seek to replicate the performance of the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index, a benchmark that includes 75 high yielding companies. [click to continue…]

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