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The growth of the ETP lineup to 1,300 products and beyond has been fueled largely by the development–and success–of funds other than the “plain vanilla” offerings that offer exposure to well known stock and bond indexes. As the ETF industry has grown in size, it has also become more granular in nature; many of the products out there are ideal for fine tuning tactical exposures, focusing in on a specific asset sub-class of investment strategy [see also Five ETFs To Look Forward To].

Once upon a time the universe of sector ETFs consisted of products that sliced and diced economies into nine different industries, such as financials, industrials, materials, and utilities. But the evolution of ETFs has taken sector-specific exposure to another level, as dozens of products now offer ways to tap into targeted sub-sectors of both the U.S. economy and global stock market. Perhaps no industry has been sliced as finely by the ETF boom as the tech space; there are now ways to offer almost every imaginable corner of this market through exchange-traded products. Going far beyond funds such as the Technology SPDR (XLK) or Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT), we profile some more tech ETFs below [for more ETF ideas, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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Top Ten Equity ETFs Of 2010

by on December 28, 2010

With the new year just around the corner, it seems as if 2010 will go down as a generally positive year for investors. Despite numerous and somewhat serious lingering concerns over the health of the global economy, most asset classes have posted impressive gains on the year as the odds of a “double dip” have diminished considerably.

Last year, the list of the best-performing equity ETFs was dominated by emerging markets funds, a trend that continued once again in 2010. But it is not the usual suspects of Brazil, China, and India that have turned in the most impressive results, highlighting the tremendous potential of the world’s lesser-known developing economies. And once again the list of the best-performing equity ETFs of the year includes a number of relative unknowns, demonstrating the appeal of going beyond the “super tickers” that account for a huge portion of industry assets to identify smaller and more targeted ETF options. [click to continue…]

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