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Reviewing Three Different Types Of Leveraged ETFs

by on December 13, 2010 | Updated December 11, 2012

As the popularity of ETFs has surged in recent years, the manner in which investors use these vehicles has evolved as well. Originally designed with cost-conscious buy-and-holders in mind, ETFs have now been fully embraced by more active traders as well (just look at the turnover of SPY). And recent years have seen the introduction of increasingly complex and powerful exchange-traded products, including those offering exposure to investment strategies and asset classes that were previously out-of-reach for most investors [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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One of the biggest stories in the financial world over the past few weeks has been the development of “QE2,” the Federal Reserve’s decision to once again attempt to breathe life into the U.S. economy through injections of capital designed to drive down interest rates. The Fed plans to spend about $600 billion on the purchase of Treasuries, mostly in the short-term and medium-term debt markets, in a campaign that would ideally boost bond prices and drive capital into other sectors of the economy. Not surprisingly, the reception to the plan from an increasingly divided Washington (and an increasingly divided country for that matter) has been mixed. While some investors and economists are optimistic, others have been quick to point out that the same idea didn’t exactly work out the first time around, and that Japan has remained stuck in an economic malaise for the better part of two decades despite quantitative easing campaigns of its own. [click to continue…]

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As each week seemingly brings multiple new product launches, the ETF industry’s product pipeline continues to refill. Issuers continue to get creative in their efforts to expand their product lineups, laying the groundwork to launch products not currently available in the ETF wrapper. One of the latest filings to hit the SEC’s desk came from […]

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It doesn’t seem like all that long ago that investors around the world were bracing for the fallout from massive stimulus plans implemented to lift the global economy out of a recession. The consensus opinion was that the increase in global money supply stemming from billion dollar capital injections would put firm upward pressure on […]

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With lingering uncertainty over the outlook for the global economy, safe havens have generated a tremendous amount of interest this year. While much of the attention has focused on gold and its continued run to new record highs, it is another asset class that has stolen the show in 2010. Long-term Treasuries have climbed steadily […]

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All eyes on Wall Street will shift on Tuesday towards Washington, where the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve promises to shed some light on the central bank’s view of the ongoing recovery and any plans to give the U.S. economy an extra push heading into the final quarter of the year. Though the drama […]

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July saw a flurry of activity in the ETF industry, with almost a new fund for every trading day during the month. The surge in new products continues to be driven by innovation rather than duplication; many of the ETFs to hit the market last month were the first of their kind, including unique international […]

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PowerShares and Deutsche Bank have expanded their ETF partnership, rolling out a pair of 3x leveraged ETNs offering amplified exposure to long-term Treasuries. The two products, which started trading on Wednesday, include:

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