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March was a month of ups and downs, with the S&P reaching record highs and the European Union scrambling to clean up after the banking crisis in Cyprus. Small businesses and retail sales enjoyed a strong month, with positive effects spilling over into other areas of the U.S. markets. Investors were kept on their toes near the end of March, as the small island nation of Cyrus announced its plans to impose a tax on bank depositors, leaving many fearing that this drastic policy action could spill over to other nations in the currency bloc. With the addition of North Korea threatening war with every nation in reach, it’s no surprise that investors are ending March nervous and preparing for another market slowdown [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

After the rush of new products in the ETF space in the previous months, the introduction of four new funds in March may seem relatively slow, but the market is likely to pick up again due to the number of ETFs that where filed since the beginning of the year [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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Innovation remains a driving force in the ETF universe and the increasingly diverse product lineup is evidence of this phenomenon. Socially responsible investing is by no means a new concept as mutual funds have been employing “sustainable” investing strategies for years now; however, the introduction of this investment approach in an ETF wrapper has made the strategy easy-to-use and cost-effective, thereby inevitably attracting attention from mainstream investors [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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Huntington, a Columbus-based bank, made the jump into the ETF industry this week with the debut of an actively-managed ETF that will hold a portfolio of ecologically-focused companies. The new Huntington EcoLogical Strategy ETF (HECO) will target companies that “have positioned their business to respond to increased environmental legislation, cultural shifts towards environmentally conscious consumption, […]

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AdvisorShares has made another addition to its lineup of actively-managed ETFs, recently debuting a fund that will focus on the concept of sustainable investing. The new Global Echo ETF (GIVE) will be structured as a core allocation that will seek out sustainable investment-themed opportunities across various asset classes, including fixed income, equities, and alternatives. The […]

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Understanding Some Misunderstood ETFs

by on March 8, 2012 | Updated July 9, 2014

The vast majority of the more than 1,600 ETFs now available are pretty straightforward; most investors can pretty quickly grasp the investment objectives based on a quick glance at the name and holdings. There are, however, some ETFs that investors do not understand well at all–products that are actually quite different from the perceptions that many […]

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The month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and […]

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Pax World, a leader in the field of sustainable investing, has rolled out the second product in its ESG Shares lineup. The Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Index ETF (EAPS) will seek to replicate a benchmark consisting of stocks in the Europe, Australasian, and Far East regions that meed certain environmental, social, and governance criteria. EAPS […]

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The impressive pace of expansion in the ETF industry slowed a bit in May, as issuers introduced fewer new funds than in previous months. Still, more than a dozen new ETFs began trading last  month, including some first-to-market products, a few ETFs that will go head-to-head with established products, and the second coming of an […]

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Socially responsible investing is by no means a new concept; mutual funds that limit holdings deemed to companies deemed to be good corporate citizens have been around for nearly 40 years. Socially responsible or “sustainable” investing has been slow to make its way into the ETF industry, but there are signs of that changing; last […]

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Earlier today, Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Pax World announced the launch of ESG Shares, the first group of ETFs focused exclusively on sustainable investing. The name “ESG” stands for environmental, social, and governance, which are the three main factors that the line of funds will focus on when determining investment choices. Pax World has been at […]

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