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Sideways price action has been a dominant theme all week on Wall Street as investors have been hesitant to take big bets in either direction ahead of next week’s highly-anticipated unemployment report. Investors’ eyes remain fixated on what the Fed might do next, which is why March’s employment report due for release on 3/7 should offer valuable insights as to what the upcoming FOMC meeting on 3/19 could reveal. Amid the ongoing tug-of-war between the bulls and bears, four ETF issuers expanded their product lineups this week in a frenzy of new product launches [see also Major Asset Class Returns Since the Fed's Taper Announcement]. [click to continue…]

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With 2013 in the books, the ETF industry looks to be gearing up for yet another year of growth and innovation. Last year, investors welcomed a slew of new exchange-traded products, including several new first-to-market products: the FTSE Portugal 20 ETF (PGAL), the Nashville Area ETF (NASH), and the Nigeria Index ETF (NGE). Though some new funds struggled to gain traction, other 2013 launches were quite successful; the Barclays ETN+ FI Enhanced Global High Yield ETN (FIGY) raked in more than $1.3 billion in assets, while the Barclays ETN+ FI Enhanced Europe 50 ETN (FEEU) saw $1 billion in inflows [see The Most Successful New ETFs of 2013]. [click to continue…]

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For investors, the last few months have been dominated by two words: fiscal cliff. The combination of automatic expiring tax breaks and across-the-board government spending cuts scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2013, has sent a shiver down the spine of market participants. 

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Innovation remains a dominant theme in the ever-expanding ETF industry and the current product lineup is stacked with compelling strategies for investors of all walks. With over 1,400 ETPs to pick from, investors can slice-and-dice the investable universe practically which ever way they want. Although Apple’s recent distribution announcement may have introduced many investors to […]

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Quant-Based ETFs In Focus

by on December 30, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

ETFs initially became popular with advisors and individual investors as tools for harnessing beta, allowing low cost ownership of broad equity markets through a vehicle that provided transparency, intraday liquidity, and potential tax efficiency to boot. The “first generation” of exchange-traded products were exclusively plain vanilla funds that targeted well known stock and bond benchmarks, […]

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AdvisorShares, the firm behind one of the largest lineups of actively-managed ETFs, brought its latest idea to market on Wednesday. The most recent addition is the TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF (TTFS), the result of a partnership with a firm known for innovative research on the connections between stock liquidity and long-term performance. The TrimTabs methodology […]

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on […]

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During the recent recession, many companies switched into crisis mode, slashing expenditures and conserving cash in fear that the downturn would drag on for years and sustained negative cash cash flows would push them to the brink of collapse. With a recovery that has been impressive for both its stability and strength, many firms have […]

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Most ETF assets are allocated to funds that follow well-known benchmarks such as the S&P 500 or the NASDAQ, but an increasing number use complex strategies or follow relatively obscure indexes. Several of the funds in the Quantitative Methodology ETFdb Category use quantitative indexing strategies that are relatively unknown to most investors. Since the strategies […]

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It’s been an interesting week in the world of ETFs: Greek government debt was downgraded and world leaders continued their climate conference in Copenhagen. Here are the ETF Database staff picks of the week’s most important and interesting stories from around the Web:

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