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From the most basic portfolio building blocks to specialized funds that give investors access to niche markets, ETFs cover them all, and with the constant launches and filings of new ETFs it is easy to forget about some “older” funds on the market. Although there are numerous new funds already in the pipeline, taking a step back and looking at the performance of  ETFs that have been on the market for a while paints a vivid picture of just how far the industry has come [see also 5 Worst ETF Strategies Of The Last 5 Years].

This month marks the one-year anniversary of three offerings from issuers Global XDirexion and RBS. Since December 2011, these ETPs have weathered poor market conditions and proved that their strategies are here to stay. Combined, these four funds have accumulated over $38 million and counting in total assets over the last year [see The 5 Most Important Chart Patterns For ETF Traders].

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The coming of the new year hasn’t slowed down the rapid pace of the ETF industry, with December showing high levels of activity on the product development front. December saw the debut of a number of first-to-market products as well several new and intriguing investment strategies. ETF issuers did not slow down the pace as a slew of new filings continued to pile in up until the end 2011 [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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Direxion, one of the largest issuers of leveraged and inverse ETFs, announced the launch today of a pair of non-leveraged funds that will utilize insider sentiment indicators to achieve exposure to domestic equities. The new ETFs will seek to replicate indexes that filter the universe of U.S. equities using quant-based strategies to eliminate stocks with […]

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