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The S&P Equal Weight ETF (RSP) hit markets in 2003 and offered a unique spin on investing in the S&P 500. Its equal weight approach to the famed index quickly garnered attention as it outperformed the likes of SPY over a number of periods. As time has gone on, many have speculated (and even accused), that RSP’s portfolio is nothing more than a flashy mid-cap fund, as its performance has been eerily close to other funds of that nature [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free ETF Daily Roundup]. [click to continue…]

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As the ETF universe continues to expand, more and more issuers are digging deeper into the existing categories, trying to once again carve out their own niche market. There are a number of market-cap-specific funds to fit every investor’s needs, and many investors are electing to complement large and mid cap equity positions in their portfolios with a small cap ETF that offers exposure to a diversified basket of stocks. In times when key large cap holdings are not performing up to scratch, the hope is that riskier mid and small cap firms will bring in returns.

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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; […]

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iShares, the largest ETF issuer by total assets, announced the launch of its “Core Series” of ETFs this week. The move involves the launch of a handful of new ETFs, changes to the names and prices of some of the most popular iShares ETFs, and tweaks to the indexes of others. The moves come as […]

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Over the years, mid-cap equities have certainly held their ground, proving to be a useful and potentially lucrative allocation for many investors’ portfolios. Despite their solid performance, some investors take a “barbell” approach to equities, shifting assets primarily to large and small cap funds, believing that the risk-return profile of mid-caps fall somewhere in between. […]

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Online broker Firstrade has become the latest firm to roll out a commission-free trading platform in an effort to lure ETF investors. The firm announced this week that ten ETFs would be available commission-free on its platform, including funds covering a number of asset classes and strategies. The commission-free ETFs include six Vanguard ETFs, three […]

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As the ETF world continues to grow, issuers have spread out into a variety of market segments in order to obtain the coveted first-mover advantage and gain large asset bases. Yet with the rapid proliferation of the industry, many are beginning to circle back to some of the most popular market segments such as bonds, […]

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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 […]

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The rapid growth of the ETF industry in recent years has altered the investment landscape in more ways than one. The low expense ratios offered by most exchange-traded products have brought increased scrutiny on active managers and called into question their ability to add value to client portfolios. The immediate diversification offered by a basket […]

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An already tumultuous day took a terrifying turn in afternoon trading on Thursday, as several major U.S. indexes lost multiple percentage points in a matter of minutes before reclaiming big chunks of the ground lost. At 2:40 on Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down about 415 points, putting it on pace for one […]

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Once investors have narrowed down the universe of 900+ exchange-traded products to those that could potentially match the risk/return profile they’re seeking, the real work begins (see Five Free Tools For Finding The Right ETF). When comparing ETFs to find the best fit for a portfolio, one of the metrics most frequently analyzed is the […]

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The rise of the ETF industry has changed a lot about the business of investing. It has altered the way investors look at expenses, making it difficult to justify handing over 200 basis points (or more) each year to an active manager who can’t regularly beat a benchmark. It has also expanded the universe of […]

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