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The summer months might have seen low trading volumes in the stock markets, but the ever evolving ETP industry kept investors on their toes. August alone saw the end of more than a handful of products, but with the promise of many more to come this fall. 

Last month saw the beginning of five new ETFs that are focused on growing consumer interests: fixed income funds, access to new emerging markets and duplicating the results of hedge funds. Each fund introduced this month took one of these concepts to a new level, following the closing of a number of different offerings. Over25 ETFs were liquidated this month,  with the majority shutting down after failing to accumulate significant assets under management. On the other hand, 45 new ETFs were submitted to the SEC this month to fill this void in the market, with many of these new filings following the trends of the five most recently launched. Below, we outline all of the new launches from the month in addition to profiling exciting products to come [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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AdvisorShares, one of the largest issuers of active ETFs, made another addition to its lineup this week with the debut of a fund that will seek to capture results of long/short hedge fund managers. The new QAM Equity Hedge ETF (QEH) will employ an active long/short strategy that will seek to outperform about half of the long/short equity hedge fund universe that makes up the HFRI Equity Hedge Index. That benchmark includes a number of long/short hedge funds who report their results monthly to HFRI; QEH will effectively attempt to match the performance of that universe, which would result in outperforming about half of the component managers. 

It should be noted that the universe of component hedge funds doesn’t necessarily include only market neutral strategies; many hedge funds who report results to HFRI are net long–and often more than 50% net long. QEH will seek to deliver better risk adjusted returns relative to the S&P 500 over time while also delivering lower volatility. For investors without the ability to invest directly in hedge funds–which often have significant expenses and lofty minimums–QEH offers a way to mimic these approaches in a liquid, transparent wrapper. 

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The Top 10 Cheapest And Most Expensive ETFs

by on December 20, 2011 | Updated November 2, 2012

One of the founding principles of the ETF industry was cost competitiveness; after being charged upwards of 150 basis points for their favorite mutual funds, investors had grown tired of surrendering a substantial portion of their gains to the managers of big name funds. Now, there are ETFs that charge as low as 5 basis […]

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