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Despite some rather significant bumps along the road in 2011, many asset classes are now well into positive territory on a one year trailing basis as January draws to a close, riding high thanks to a strong finish to last year and start to 2012. Included on that list are a number of leveraged ETFs that seek to amplify exposure to various asset classes, highlighting the potential to use these products to capture attractive returns over extended periods of time [see also Leveraged ETFs FAQs].

That might come as a bit of a surprise to some investors, as there remains a bit of a misconception over the performance attributes of leveraged ETPs that are held for multiple months. While there exists the potential for “return erosion” related to the resets of exposure in volatile markets, it is certainly possible for leveraged products to deliver big returns when held throughout any type of market.  [click to continue…]

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As the ETF industry continues to grow, the size of the product lineup has raced towards 1,300 and each week seemingly brings a slew of new product introductions. While some investors have no qualms about jumping into a new ETF right off the bat, others prefer to limit their investable universe to products that have at least a partial track record.

During the month of July, 25 ETPs will hit their one year anniversary, potentially opening them up to investment by those who face age restrictions in their portfolios. Many of the ETFs that debuted in July of 2010 were innovative, first-to-market products; the month’s launches included the first small cap India ETF (SCIN), a suite of ex-U.S. sector funds from iShares, and a fund focused exclusively on the lithium industry (LIT). Also hitting the market was the E-TRACS 2x Leveraged Long Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN (MLPL) from UBS, a product offering leveraged exposure to an increasingly popular asset class. [click to continue…]

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For investors looking to generate current returns from the equity portion of their portfolio, there is no shortage of exchange-traded products offering attractive dividend yields in the current environment. From ETFs linked to dividend-weighted indexes to those that focus on companies with stellar distribution histories to simply sector-specific funds in high yield corners of the […]

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UBS Adds 2x Leveraged Version of BDC ETN (BDCL)

by on May 26, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

UBS rolled out the latest addition to its rapidly-expanding ETN lineup this week, adding a 2x leveraged version of the business development company ETN it debuted just last month. The E-TRACS 2x Leveraged Long Wells Fargo Business Development Company ETN (BDCL) will deliver monthly results that correspond to 200% of the monthly change in a […]

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Talking MLP ETFs With Kenny Feng Of Alerian

by on March 30, 2011 | Updated March 31, 2011

Kenny Feng is the President & CEO of Alerian, a leader of MLP-market intelligence that provides benchmarks, data sets, and analytics that are used extensively by a range of stakeholders such as investment banks, stock exchanges, investment professionals and consultants, and Master Limited Partnerships. He recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk […]

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Continuing its push for dominance in the MLP space, UBS announced this week the launch of the E-TRACS Wells Fargo MLP Index ETN (MLPW). The new exchange-traded note will be linked to the Wells Fargo Master Limited Partnership Index, a float adjusted, capitalization weighted benchmark that seeks to measure the performance of all energy master […]

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MLP ETFs: Fact And Fiction

by on October 12, 2010 | Updated November 6, 2012

The relatively short history of the ETF industry has witnessed both predictable failures and unexpected successes. The hyper-targeted HealthShares line of ETFs seemed like an ill-conceived idea from day one, and few were surprised when the plug was repeatedly pulled on various iterations of the MacroShares products [see ETF Hall Of Shame: Nine Exchange-Traded Debacles]. […]

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UBS rolled out the latest addition to its rapidly-expanding suite of MLP products on Wednesday, launching the E-TRACS 1x Monthly Short Alerian MLP Infrastructure Total Return ETN (MLPS). The new exchange-traded note is designed to provide short exposure to the MLP Infrastructure market by tracking the inverse performance of the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Total Return […]

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New ETFs Grow Up Fast

by on August 20, 2010

Kids today have it rough–at least in the ETF industry. Once upon a time, issuers looking to bring new funds to market had no problem rounding up interested investors; significant demand for new products was a virtual certainty as ETFs made their initial burst on to the scene and all asset values seemed to go […]

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July saw a flurry of activity in the ETF industry, with almost a new fund for every trading day during the month. The surge in new products continues to be driven by innovation rather than duplication; many of the ETFs to hit the market last month were the first of their kind, including unique international […]

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This week kicked off another highly-anticipated earnings season, sending markets into a volatile frenzy as investors delved into the bellwether results to uncover some hint of market direction for the second half of the year. Alcoa and Intel both reported strong earnings, while other big names like Google, Bank of America, and Citigroup let down […]

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The floodgates are officially open. Since JP Morgan’s Alerian MLP Index ETN (AMJ) became a smash hit with investors, a number of other issuers have entered into the space, providing more and more options for accessing a unique corner of the domestic energy market. UBS has been particularly active, introducing the Alerian MLP Infrastructure ETN […]

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