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When referring to the impressive rise of the ETF industry or discussing the benefits of ETF investing, many investors use the term “ETF” incorrectly. While the majority of the 900-plus exchange-traded products listed in the U.S. are true 1940 Act exchange-traded funds, there are dozens of securities structured slightly differently, including exchange-traded commodities and currency grantor trusts. But the most popular cousin to the ETF is the exchange-traded note (ETN), a structure that provides many of the benefits of ETFs but that features some key differences as well (see Five ETNs Investors Love). [click to continue…]

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Five Ultra Popular ETNs

by on March 16, 2010 | Updated November 13, 2012

Most of what’s written about ETNs is cautionary in nature, focusing on the credit risk inherent in any debt security. And with good reason; the risks of ETN investing are very real. While most exchange-traded notes are issued by major financial institutions with lofty credit ratings, the last few years have taught investors that credit risk, however negligible, can never be written off completely. But ETNs also offer some potential advantages to investors. For one, they often offer exposure to hard-to-access asset classes and indexes that traditional ETFs may have difficulties tracking accurately or in a cost-efficient manner [see 1,400+ ETFdb Realtime Ratings]. [click to continue…]

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Direxion Launches Six New Leveraged ETFs

by on March 11, 2010 | Updated March 12, 2010

Direxion, a pioneer in the 3x leveraged ETF space, announced Thursday the launch of six new funds, bringing the firm’s total product offerings to 34, and represent firsts for both the company and the ETF industry. The leveraged ETFs beginning trading on Thursday include:

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Which India ETF Is Best?

by on January 19, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

With interest rates at record lows and a cloud of uncertainty looming over the global economy, investors are finding it difficult to build a well-diversified portfolio that offers attractive upside potential without taking on considerable risks. Emerging markets, however, have been the center of attention in recent years as lucrative opportunities continue to present themselves […]

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Top Ten Equity ETFs Of 2009

by on December 21, 2009 | Updated April 30, 2010

After watching their portfolios take devastating blows in 2008, many investors hoped that a new year would bring a reversal of fortune and a recovery of lost assets. After the first two months of the year tested resolve, things finally took a turn for the better in March, and long climb upwards began. Most equity […]

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Boston-based Old Mutual Global Index Trackers has launched its first ETF, listing the GlobalShares FTSE Emerging Markets Index Fund (GSR) on the NYSE Arca Exchange Tuesday. In order to compete in an increasingly crowded space, Old Mutual has thrown in an interesting twist: for a limited time, GSR will have an expense ratio of zero […]

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India reported surprisingly strong GDP growth for the third quarter, posting 7.9% growth in the July through September period. These numbers surprised both analysts and government officials: the growth was higher than even the most bullish analyst forecast, and the Reserve Bank of India said that it will likely revise upward future forecasts. According to […]

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iShares India ETF Debuts

by on November 20, 2009 | Updated June 24, 2010

Barclays Global Investors announced on Friday the launch of the iShares S&P India Nifty Fifty Index Fund (INDY), a new ETF tracking an index composed of the 50 largest and most liquid Indian securities listed on the National Stock Exchange of India. INDY will compete with several existing India exchange-traded funds, including products from iPath, […]

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India ETFs, which have already enjoyed tremendous gains this year following well-received election results in May, surged again on Monday, this time as a result of several landmark agreements sealed during U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first visit to the South Asian nation. While disputes over how to address climate change have cast a […]

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Even the most vocal supporters of passive management and indexing have to admit that certain investor track records are far too stellar to attribute entirely to luck. While I’ve frequently disparaged the concept of active investing, I’m still eager to hear what trends legendary investors are following. The Wall Street Journal’s Gregory Zuckerman recently compiled some […]

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Earlier this year, India conducted one of the world’s largest exercises in democracy when more than 710 million citizens headed to the polls to complete general elections. Following the announcement of the results, several India ETFs (such as PIN, INP, and EPI) surged more than 20% in a single session on news that the Indian National […]

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One of the bright spots in the first half of the year has been the Indian ETFs, which surged last month when the Indian National Congress (INC) party won enough votes to form a government in Delhi without allies for the first time since the 1960s. Election of a party generally viewed as pro-business, as well […]

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