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After a slow summer stretch, activity picked up a bit in September as ETF issuers pushed out new products and continued to produce new ideas. Not surprisingly, many of the new ETFs now coming to market continue to be innovative, first-of-their-kind offerings; September saw the debut of the first China dividend ETF, as well as a unique “alternator” ETN that shifts its allocation across various indexes. 

September saw the continuation of the contraction that has hit the ETF industry in recent months. Multiple issuers shuttered or announced decisions to shutter products that have struggled to gain interest from investors. At the same time, the filing activity remains brisk; issuers of all shapes and sizes continue to stuff new ideas into the pipeline, indicating that the fourth quarter of the year could see a number of debuts [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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Monday marks the first day of trading for the iPath Long Enhanced S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (VZZB), a new exchange-traded note that will offer leveraged exposure to an index comprised of mid-term VIX futures. The underlying volatility benchmark consists of four-, five-, six- and seven-month futures contracts on the CBOE Volatility Index (better known as the VIX), and VZZB will deliver returns that correspond to the 2x leveraged return of that benchmark over the life of the note. Unlike ETFs that may operate indefinitely, exchange-traded notes are debt instruments that feature predetermined maturity dates. VZZB will mature in July 2021. [click to continue…]

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The month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and […]

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iPath, the largest issuer of exchange-traded notes in the U.S., announced a major addition to its product lineup on Tuesday by rolling out 11 new leveraged ETNs. The new products included five paired products offering leveraged exposure to benchmarks underlying some of the most popular exchange-traded products, including the S&P 500, Russell 2000, and MSCI […]

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