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March 9, 2009 is a date etched into the memories of many investors. After months of unprecedented volatility, depressing statistical releases, and countless false bottoms, that’s the day most equity markets finally hit their lows. It also marked the beginning of an impressive rally that saw most major indexes climb steadily for the remainder of the year, reclaiming big chunks of the ground lost during the downturn. While the “great rally of ’09″ boosted most asset classes (and their related ETFs), some performed far better than others. [click to continue…]

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Definitive Guide To Preferred Stock ETF Investing

by on December 22, 2009 | Updated April 25, 2013

As the ETF industry has expanded in recent years, so too has the number of asset classes accessible through exchange-traded products. With more than $2 billion in cash inflows in 2009, preferred stock ETFs have become a big hit with some investors, offering “hybrid” exposure that has delivered strong returns provided valuable diversification benefits to traditional portfolios split between stocks and bonds. [click to continue…]

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On Thursday, State Street launched the SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock ETF (PSK), an ETF that invests in non-convertible preferred stocks. The new SPDR will compete with two existing products from iShares and PowerShares, both of which have been incredibly popular among investors through the first three quarters of 2009.

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The National Stock Exchange has released its monthly statistical bulletin for June, and the ETF industry certainly seems to have avoided any sort of “June swoon.” Although the trends for the industry as a whole are overwhelmingly positive, a trio of fund sponsors enjoyed particularly successful months. A few of the highlights from the report:

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