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The financial sector at one time seemed like it could do no wrong. Revenue and earnings seemed to go up every year and the sector seemed like the most solid investment around. The financial crisis of 2008 showed that this sector wasn’t immune to financial woes, and investors are still leery of investing too heavily, even though many of these companies have skyrocketed off 2008 and 2009 lows. ETFs offer a way to gain a diversified portfolio of financial sector stocks, letting you pick the type of global or domestic exposure you want and the types of financial companies you want to be primarily focused in [see also Select Sector SPDR ETFs Head-To-Head]. [click to continue…]

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Growth and evolution have been recurring themes in the exchange-traded universe in 2011, as investors are now faced with a diverse product lineup of  over 1,400 ETPs. More than 300 of those are new additions in 2011, a year that broke the previous record for extent of product development. And while many of the new ETFs that launched in 2011 are on the small side, some of these funds have come flying out of the gates to attract significant cash inflows.

Through December 13, 18 ETFs that debuted in 2011 had accumulated at least $100 million in assets, an impressive total that illustrates the tremendous growth potential remaining in a market some believed was approaching its saturation point:

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After a bit of a summer slowdown, product development activity in the ETF industry has regained full speed. After a busy October, the month of November also saw the debut of a number of first-to-market ideas from a variety of ETF issuers, as well as a continued filling of the product pipeline with some intriguing […]

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It’s All Greek To Me

by on November 5, 2011

Euro zone debt woes took investors for another roller coaster ride as uncertainty from overseas led to volatile trading across equity markets all over the globe. Investors were spooked early in the week after Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced a proposal for a referendum to the three-pronged “bailout plan” proposed by EU leaders earlier […]

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PowerShares made a splash with the launch of four new exchange-traded products on Tuesday, rolling out a suite of financials-focused funds linked to indexes maintained by KBW. The new products will be linked to benchmarks that had historically been replicated by State Street ETFs, but that were dropped recently as the issuer made a switch […]

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