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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; October saw the debut of the newest actively managed fund, as well as an interesting “core” lineup aimed towards long-term investors [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

Wall Street was hit by poor earnings and lackluster developments on the product front, with the closing of thirty funds by the end of the month, all from only two issuers. At the same time, filing activity remains strong; issuers of all shapes and sizes continue to stuff new ideas into the pipeline, and hopefully we will see more of these funds launch before the end of the year [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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When it comes to investing, the focus is always on one simple and logical goal: maximize returns, whether in the short term or over the long haul. But as many can attest to, investing can sometimes be a crapshoot. Nearly every imaginable event or influence can send shock waves into the market, instantly producing a tangible and sometimes painful effect on bottom line returns. As we continue to keep our eye on the prize, many of us forget how important limiting downside can be [see Safe Haven ETF Portfolio For Conservative Investors -- Sneak Peek]. [click to continue…]

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May proved to be a brutal month on Wall Street, as equity markets across the board plummeted into red territory. Poor U.S. economic data coupled with revived Euro Zone tensions painted a grim picture for the future of the global economic recovery. With investors watching their bottom lines quickly erode, many are looking for ways to minimize […]

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101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn

by on May 23, 2012 | Updated June 12, 2014

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have burst on to the scene in the late 2000s and early 2010s, raking in hundreds of billions of dollars in assets and prompting a major shift towards indexing strategies in the process. ETFs have empowered financial advisors (FAs), registered investment advisors (RIAs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), money managers, and retail investors […]

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When it comes to defensive exposure, few assets can truly offer a safe haven escape when turbulence hits the market unexpectedly. There’s no need to look far back into history to see how a volatile environment can take its toll on asset classes across the board without mercy. The most recent Euro zone-inspired risk-aversion wave […]

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Innovation has come to be expected in the ETF industry, where a number of developments over the last several years have made a number of new asset classes and investment strategies accessible through the low-cost, tax-efficient exchange-traded structure. From leveraged ETFs to commodity ETPs to VIX-based products, there have been a number of “firsts” in […]

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U.S. ETF assets declined slightly in November according to the latest data from the National Stock Exchange, as the rapidly-growing industry experienced net outflows amidst a general flight from both domestic and international equities. The industry finished last month with $1.06 trillion in net assets, down about 2% from the previous month but up 12% […]

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Russell, the longtime index provider in the midst of a major push into the ETF issuer business, continued the rapid expansion of its product lineup this week with the introduction of its first international equity funds. The company launched three new funds focusing on developed markets outside of the U.S., with each targeting exposure based […]

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iShares, the largest issuer of ETFs in the U.S. by total assets, rolled out another suite of funds on Thursday that offer targeted exposure to domestic and international equity markets. The new iShares minimum volatility ETFs are the latest in a trend of products targeting specific investment factors and disciplines, following similar offerings in recent […]

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This week featured some of the most dismal trading sessions in recent memory as stocks slid significantly throughout the timeframe. While the week started off on what many considered to be a high note, the passing of the debt deal, stocks saw little to no gains from our evasion of the debt ceiling. In fact, […]

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Since making its ETF debut earlier this year, Russell has moved quickly to build out a suite of investment discipline and factor products that bring time-tested strategies to investors in the tax efficient and low cost exchange-traded wrapper. The Russell ETF lineup currently consists of 17 funds, and the company has filed details on several […]

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May ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures

by on June 1, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

May was a tumultuous month for equity markets, as instability around the world pushed and pulled on major indexes through the last several weeks. Perhaps the biggest news of the month was the re-emergence of the European debt crisis; with Greece in yet another dire situation, many investors are concerned about the overall stability of […]

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