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February continued the bull run in the U.S. market, with reports every week showing stronger economic growth both domestically and overseas. Even the arguing in Washington and worries of sequestration do not seem to be slowing down the upward market trend [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

After the slow rate of entry into the ETF space in the previous months, the introduction of nine new funds in February alone is cause for celebration and signifies that issuers are finally ready to reenter the market. Bringing the total count to 13 funds created so far in 2013, it does not look like this expansion will be slowing anytime soon [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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Invesco PowerShares announced in December that its board had approved the shuttering of thirteen exchange-traded portfolios near the end of February, including a number of energy funds, bond funds and equity portfolios. The move comes as the Chicago firm is looking to weed out some of its least productive ETFs and, unlike some other issuers, losing thirteen funds is barely a dent in Invesco’s portfolio of 171 funds. February 26 will be the last day of trading for the following ETFs:

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Leading up to last week’s presidential election, the financial media was full of predictions about asset classes that would do well in the event of the various possible outcomes. From big banks to green energy to TIPS, just about everyone had a prediction for what would thrive and what would struggle in the wake of […]

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The FTSE Group, one of the leading indexing firms, recently announced the results of its Annual Country Classification Review, the process by which global equity markets are classified as Developed, Advanced Emerging, Secondary Emerging or Frontier using a scale of 21 “Qualities of Market” criteria. There were no reclassifications this year, but a couple more additions […]

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With three quarters of 2011 officially in the books, it is now safe to say that the year has not played out as many investors had hoped it might. After coming flying out of the gates–most major benchmarks were solidly in positive territory after the first quarter–a perfect storm of negative developments has conspired to […]

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Van Eck Plans Mongolia ETF

by on May 24, 2011 | Updated November 20, 2012

Van Eck, the issuer behind a number of country-specific emerging markets ETFs, recently laid the groundwork to launch what would be the industry’s first Mongolia ETF. In an SEC filing last week, the company outlined an ETF that would seek to replicate a to-be-determined index that would consist of companies domiciled and primarily listed on […]

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Mining ETFs: Eight Ways To Play

by on August 25, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

Commodities have been one of the hottest corners of the ETF market, exploding on to the scene in recent years as investors have rushed to gain access to a suddenly democratized asset class that has been shown to add valuable diversification benefits to traditional stock-and-bond portfolios [see Rethinking Commodity ETFs]. But some investors have been […]

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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 […]

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Despite the fact that shares of Berkshire Hathaway have lagged far behind broad market benchmarks this year, the events of the last month have shown that the investment community still hangs on Warren Buffett’s every word and tries to draft his every move. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway announced in early November that it would purchase the […]

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The United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) surged more than 6% in trading Monday as investors looked ahead to forecasts of cold weather in major gas-consuming regions. Brisk temperatures are expected in the Midwest and Northeast over the next two weeks, giving natural gas a big boost after a year of declining prices. Huge discoveries […]

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According to our ETF screener, of the ten best performing equity ETFs year to date, coal ETFs account for two of the  list, both are up more than 97% in 2009. With winter fast approaching, many investors are wondering if coal ETFs can continue to power portfolio gains, or if their rally will fizzle out. […]

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