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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we profiled the top performing ETFs in more than 60 ETFdb Categories covering all major asset classes. ETFs that launched in 2010 were excluded, as were those that stopped trading during the year [for more ETF insights, sign up for our free ETF newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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This past year the ETF industry picked up steam, as total assets in exchange-traded products reached $1 trillion for the first time. As ETFs continued their impressive growth, issuers have continued to provide innovative products to the market in order to meet ever-increasing demand. This past year saw the inception of a number of unique funds, such as the Market Vectors China ETF (PEK), which is the first ETF to offer exposure to the China A-Shares market, and the Global X Lithium ETF (LIT), a fund that allows investors to focus in on this important commodity. A number of these new products have garnered a significant level of assets in their short lifespans, demonstrating that the ETF boom is far from over. Currently, there are more than 750 ETFs at some point in the registration process, suggesting that 2011 will be another very busy year on the product development front. [click to continue…]

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Stocks have endured a tumultuous week as fears over rate hikes in China and a debt crisis in Ireland sent equities into a frenzy. Markets were able to claw back some of the lost ground in trading yesterday based on news that Ireland may be close to accepting a bailout from the European Union and […]

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As the value of the U.S. dollar continues to slide, many investors have embraced commodities as an opportunity for generating solid returns in an uncertain environment. ETNs and ETFs tracking various commodities have performed extremely well over the past few months, as concerns over QE have combined with ongoing supply worries in a variety of […]

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Despite lukewarm data, markets soared last week to finish out the month, propelling equities to their best September since the World War II era. Despite this gain on the month, equities finished the week slightly below their Monday opening levels with the S&P 500 sinking by 0.2% and the Nasdaq slipping by 1.3%. This flat […]

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Though the highlight of the week on Wall Street has likely already passed–the latest Fed commentary had the attention of investors around the world–the next few days may provide some insight as to the strength of the recovery here in the U.S. For the time being, markets remain volatile and more susceptible to shifts that […]

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There is no shortage of obstacles facing the food and beverage industry in the current environment. Elevated unemployment levels have caused consumers to pare household budgets, and ongoing jitters over more turmoil in the future have led many to steer clear of high margin items in favor of the basics. Moreover, emerging worries over deflation […]

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Heading into the second half of the year, investors are divided over where global financial markets are headed. There is no shortage of bears, who point to depressing unemployment and consumer confidence figures as evidence that the recovery is quickly losing momentum (or perhaps never really had any in the first place). Others believe that […]

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With the economy dangerously close to falling into a double dip recession, many investors have staked their hopes of another market rally on earnings reports and positive guidance for the rest of 2010. Yesterday afternoon this process officially got underway, with Alcoa and CSX both reporting quarterly results after the bell on Monday. Alcoa was […]

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ETFs were originally embraced by buy-and-hold investors as an optimal, low-cost vehicle for inclusion in a long-term retirement portfolio. But in recent years they have become popular among more active traders who value their liquidity and efficiency in providing exposure to various asset classes. Once used primarily by beta grazers, ETFs have become a favorite […]

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With the stock market surging as of late, many investors are finally convinced that the economy has turned a corner and the recovery is a sustainable one. Quality data and earnings reports have boosted this theory recently, as a better-than-expected housing report saw new home sales rise to a level unseen since the early 70′s. […]

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Five ETFs For Your IRA

by on April 8, 2010

With IRA contribution deadlines right around the corner, many investors are scrambling to decide how best to allocate their money. ETFs are a relatively new vehicle for many investors, but they are becoming increasingly common choices for IRA accounts. Admittedly, some of the benefits traditionally associated with ETFs don’t translate completely to an IRA. Tax-efficient […]

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