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Compared to September, which saw issuers launch more than two dozen new funds and multiple issuers shutter their entire product lines, October was a relatively slow month for the ETF industry. Though the number of new funds launched was down last month, many of the products that did hit the market were innovative, first-to-market funds that accumulated assets rather quickly. The new additions to the ETF lineup covered a number of different asset classes, including precious metals, rare earth metals, Chinese stocks. We also saw another active ETF turn in an impressive debut, indicating that perhaps growth is beginning to accelerate in that corner of the market.

October also set the stage for a flurry of activity in the final two months of the year and first quarter of 2011, as a number of issuers made filings that shed some light on future plans. And in a continuation of a trend that has played out in prior months, news of more fund closures also broke; PowerShares announced that it will shutter ten of its smaller ETFs before the end of the year. [click to continue…]

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PowerShares, the Wheaton, Illinois-based ETF issuer known for its QQQ fund and line of products linked to “intelligent” benchmarks, announced late last week that it will shut down several ETFs before the end of the year. December 14 will be the last day of trading for ten PowerShares ETFs: [click to continue…]

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Frustration in Japan is running high these days, as the thorn in the side of the struggling Asian economy digs deeper still. While many in America cheer any appreciation in the dollar–a strong greenback makes Asian electronics and European vacations more affordable–Japan has learned the hard way about the adverse impacts of a rallying local […]

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Yukio Hatoyama resigned suddenly on Wednesday after just eight months in office, setting off a round of jostling among rival politicians to become Japan’s fifth prime minister in less than four years. Hatoyama had seen his popularity slide steadily since his election, highlighted by a controversial backtracking on a promise to move a U.S. marine […]

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When the long-simmering debt crisis in Europe finally boiled over last week, chaos ripped through global equity markets. But the worst of the damage was done at the center of the storm, with many European equity markets plunging more than 10% on the week. Although most markets clawed back the ground lost with a sharp […]

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Does Your Portfolio Need A “RAFI ETF”?

by on March 3, 2010 | Updated November 6, 2012

In recent years, investors have begun moving away from traditional active management in favor of more cost-efficient indexing strategies. The result has been a tremendous surge in the popularity of ETFs and a serious threat to actively-managed mutual funds that have dominated the investment industry for decades. As market indexes have transitioned from performance benchmarks […]

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