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After a summer slowdown that saw the pace of new ETF launches decline dramatically, product development in the industry ramped up in September. The end of vacation season brought a wave of new exchange-traded products to market, including several first-to-market concepts and the introduction of a couple of new issuers.

September also saw a continuation of a more recent trend: fund closures. A handful of issuers announced last month that they would be shuttering products, including the departure from the industry for one firm. [click to continue…]

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Bears On Parade

by on September 24, 2011

Last week was quite grim for investors to say the least, as stocks across the board plunged Wednesday afternoon following the Fed’s decision to proceed with “Operation Twist” and nothing more. Equity indexes extended their losses and fell even lower the following day as investor worries surrounding the outlook of the U.S. economy intensified following Bernanke’s weaker-than-expected stimulus announcement. Meanwhile, in commodity markets, gold lost its luster amongst safe haven investors as the precious metal plunged big time on Friday, with futures prices shedding over 5% for the day, settling below $1,650 an ounce. This may come as a surprise given that European debt woes are still lingering and volatility likely won’t evaporate any time soon given the mountain of pessimism weighing down on the markets as we start the new week.

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iPath Debuts IVO Successor

by on September 20, 2011

After announcing the automatic termination last week of the Inverse January 2021 S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (IVO), iPath was quick to roll out a successor fund that will maintain a generally similar investment objective. Monday marked the first day of trading for the Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (IVOP), which will […]

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Reviewing All The VIX ETF Options

by on December 10, 2010 | Updated October 26, 2012

The impressive ETF boom that has unfolded over the last several years has been the result of a number of attractive features of the exchange-traded structure relative to traditional mutual funds. In addition to considerably lower expenses, intraday liquidity and enticing tax breaks have fueled interest in ETPs, which now number nearly 1,500 in the […]

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