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Though value investing never truly went out of style, it has certainly become an increasingly popular strategy over the past few years. Interest in dividend-paying stocks skyrocketed in 2011 as investors sought both safety and yield. Given the lingering risks to a still-fragile global economic, as well as the likelihood of low rates in many markets through at least next year, interest in this approach figures to remain elevated for the foreseeable future [see also Why Warren Buffett Hates Gold].

The ETF lineup includes dozens of products linked to indexes implementing value screens, including those targeting small, medium and large stocks in the U.S. as well as international markets. In addition, there are a number of options that go beyond traditional metrics used to identify value stocks using unique approaches to pursue investing strategies that seem to be at least partially inspired by the Oracle of Omaha. Below, we profile a handful of ETFs that seem to be consistent with the tenets of investing invented and promoted by the legendary Warren Buffett [for more ETF insights, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:   [click to continue…]

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U.S. ETF assets declined slightly in November according to the latest data from the National Stock Exchange, as the rapidly-growing industry experienced net outflows amidst a general flight from both domestic and international equities. The industry finished last month with $1.06 trillion in net assets, down about 2% from the previous month but up 12% from the same period last year. The net decline in assets was attributable to domestic equity ETFs, which saw $7 billion in outflows, and international equities, which saw another $1.9 billion. Those big losses were offset by tremendous interest in commodities and bonds; fixed income ETFs raked in more than $5 billion in cash inflows, while exchange-traded commodity products captured almost $2.9 billion [see Ten Unexpected Observations In YTD Returns]. [click to continue…]

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This year more than ever before, investors of all sizes are giving thanks for the tremendous expansion in the ETF industry in recent years. ETF assets continue to climb, even in challenging economic environments. And in many cases, the growth of this industry is thanks to an exodus of cash from traditional mutual funds to […]

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The third quarter got off to a sizzling start in the ETF industry; a surge in asset prices boosted asset levels significantly after two months of freefalls, and the product development activity remained strong after a busy month of September. Close to 30 new products began trading last month, including many first-to-market ideas that have […]

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Markets Regain Footing

by on October 8, 2011 | Updated May 14, 2013

Investor worries eased up a bit this past week as concerns over Europe were quelled by the ECB following its most recent decision to keep interest rates unchanged. Wall Street posted an impressive three-day winning streak starting with an impressive, high-volume rally in the final hours of trading on Tuesday. However, stocks couldn’t hold onto […]

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Russell, one of the giants of the indexing world and a relative newcomer to the role of ETF issuer, continued to build out its young product lineup with the launch of four more investment discipline products. Each of the new funds delivers access to a subset of the Russell 2500 Index, a widely followed benchmark […]

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