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When it comes to the world of exchange-traded products, there are virtually no limits as to how investors can choose to play nearly every corner of the market. From compelling quant-based methodologies to hyper-targeted sector funds, there is an ETF to fit essentially every investor’s investment objective. But for those looking to gain access to some of the most promising companies on the market, a look at the Forbes’ “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list may present itself with several lucrative opportunities [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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Ultimate Guide To VTI

by on September 19, 2012 | Updated October 18, 2012

Cheap and easy diversification are two staples of the exchange-traded product structure, which have helped make this the preferred investment vehicle for investors of all walks. ETFs have made their way into countless portfolios as many have embraced the cost-efficient nature of these financial instruments, which now cover virtually every corner of the global market. As such, adding core equity exposure to your portfolio has never been easier; those looking to diversify across U.S. markets should consider Vanguard’s Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) as it offers a compelling portfolio with an attractively-low price tag [see How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Relative Strength ETFs: What You Need To Know

by on September 14, 2012 | Updated September 20, 2012

Countless investors have embraced ETFs in their portfolios thanks to the cost-efficient and easy-to-use nature of these financial instruments. Aside from serving as excellent core building blocks in long-term and retirement-themed portfolios, ETFs have also gained popularity among investors seeking out tactical exposure. One particular breed of products from industry veteran PowerShares has continued to […]

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Invesco PowerShares this week announced the latest addition to its lineup of ETFs, rolling out a fund that will utilize relative strength indicators to determine individual holdings. The PowerShares DWA SmallCap Technical Leaders Portfolio (DWAS) will be the fourth PowerShares fund to utilize the DWA Technical Leaders strategy, seeking to replicate an index comprised of small […]

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To this point, much of the tremendous growth in the ETF industry–we now have close to 1,200 U.S.-listed exchange-traded products with aggregate assets approaching $1.1 trillion–has been attributable to “passive” products; those that seek to replicate the benchmark of an index. Several actively-managed ETFs have debuted in recent years, but investor response to these products […]

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The steady rise in the number of exchange-traded products available to U.S. investors over the last several years has been primarily driven not by duplication, but by innovation. The vast majority of recent ETFs to hit the market have been first-to-market products, offering exposure that wasn’t previously available within the ETF wrapper. Investors can now […]

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After announcing earlier this month that it plans to shutter ten ETFs by the end of the year, PowerShares continues to push ahead with plans for additional innovations in the ETF space. The Wheaton, Illinois-based firm recently filed details with the SEC for a line of ETFs linked to S&P indexes built around various investment […]

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One of the hottest topics in the industry at present is the future of actively-managed ETFs. The issue is also a very divisive one; some expect that widespread adoption of active ETFs is only a matter of time, while others believe mutual funds will continue to be the vehicle of choice for those interested in […]

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Under The Microscope: Technical Analysis ETF (PDP)

by on March 31, 2010 | Updated April 2, 2010

While the ETF world started by focusing on tracking well known indexes such as the S&P 500, it has significantly branched out in recent years, giving investors funds tracking everything from commodity indexes to quantitative methodologies that attempt to deliver excess returns. These quant ETFs haven’t really hit it big yet, but have certainly attracted […]

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In the beginning of the ETF industry, there was SPY. From there, the initial wave of expansion included primarily “plain vanilla” equity funds offering exposure to widely-followed benchmarks, such as the Dow, Nasdaq, and even sector-specific indexes. But innovation and product development in the ETF world didn’t stop there. The last five years have seen […]

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