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ETFs have been credited with democratizing the investing world, and bringing options to retail investors that were not previously available. This has been, perhaps, most prominent when it comes to alternative strategies that would otherwise be too complex or expensive to implement on one’s own. In an effort to shed light on some of the more unique products in the financial space, we take a dive into the RAFI Long/Short ETF (RALS) from ProShares. [click to continue…]

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As correlations between international markets have steadily increased over the years, identifying non-correlated assets has become both increasingly important and difficult. In this environment, long/short investment strategies may be an intriguing opportunity, as they maintain the potential to generate positive returns even in the most challenging of economic climates. Investors who wish to access the long/short sector have a number of strong options available at their fingertips [Download Free Report: How To Buy The Right ETF Every Time].

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AdvisorShares, one of the largest issuers of actively-managed ETFs, has forged a partnership to bring an active sector rotation ETF to market. The new Rockledge SectorSAM ETF (SSAM), which began trading Thursday, will seek to generate stable and consistent returns in all market conditions, developing a dollar neutral portfolio comprised of sector ETFs. The new ETF […]

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One of the oft-cited benefits of the ETF boom over the last several years is the democratization of asset classes, such as commodities and volatility, that were previously available only to sophisticated and wealthy investors. The marriage of these asset classes with the exchange-traded structure allows investors to tap into securities that can be extremely […]

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After a slow month of new product launches in August, the first few days of September have already seen a noticeable uptick in activity. Wednesday was the first day of trading for four new exchange-traded funds from QuantShares, a newcomer to the ETF industry who had filed details on the suite of market neutral ETFs […]

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ProShares announced the launch of the Hedge Replication ETF (HDG), a new product that will seek to provide returns characteristic of the hedge fund asset class. The new ETF is designed to maintain a high correlation to the HFRI Weighted Composite Index, an equal-weighted composite of more than 2,000 funds.

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The ETP lineup now consists of nearly 1,200 individual products with aggregate assets of well more than $1 trillion. And both of those numbers continue to expand at an impressive rate; new ETFs are launched seemingly on a daily basis, while cash continues to flow out of traditional mutual funds and into exchange-traded products.

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AdvisorShares, one of the largest issuers of actively-managed ETFs, has put yet another fund of funds product into an already full pipeline. The proposed Rockledge SectorSAM ETF (SSAM) would seek “to generate stable and consistent annual returns under all market conditions” according to a recent SEC filing. The fund would utilize both long and short […]

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Russell Investments and Research Affiliates announced this week the creation of a new suite of indexes based on the Fundamental index methodology developed by Research Affiliates founder Rob Arnott. The two companies formed a partnership last year, and are now introducing 24 fundamental-weighted benchmarks measuring the performance of domestic and international equity markets. 

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The introduction and rapid expansion of the ETF industry has no doubt been a very positive development for investors big and small. The low fees characteristic of the exchange-traded structure have allowed cost-conscious investors to minimize expenses without sacrificing returns, while the enhanced tax efficiency and intraday trading capabilities have contributed increased flexibility to the […]

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The PowerShares FTSE RAFI U.S. 1000 Portfolio (PRF) recently passed its five year milestone, a period during which the fundamentally-weighted product outperformed many more popular market-cap weighted ETFs. PRF debuted in December 2005, and for the five year period ended December 31, 2010 it achieved a cumulative total return of 23.1% (based on NAV). That […]

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ProShares Debuts Two VIX ETFs

by on January 4, 2011 | Updated November 20, 2012

ProShares, a leading issuer of leveraged ETFs, launched one of the last new ETFs of 2010 when it debuted the RAFI Long/Short (RALS) in December. Now the company has launched the first new ETFs of 2011, rolling out two volatility products on Tuesday. The ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures (VIXY) and VIX Mid-Term Futures (VIXM) are […]

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