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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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Health care was once considered to be one of the most stable sectors of the U.S. economy, with demands for products and services fluctuating little during various phases of the economic cycle. But recent events in Washington have brought increased scrutiny and volatility, as the Obama administration’s health care reform has investors questioning the future […]

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Healthcare reform has been in the news a lot lately, with constant finger-pointing, debate, and competing versions of comprehensive bills. Although the passage of comprehensive reform appears to be less certain that it was only weeks ago, it remains likely that major changes are coming before the end of the year. While many specifics are […]

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