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Major equity indexes appear to have resumed their uptrend following a minor pullback after the Fed’s “no taper” decision last week. With all eyes are on tomorrow’s monthly U.S. employment report, stocks could be setting up for a volatile day of trading as speculation over the Fed’s next shift in monetary policy will come into the spotlight. Mutual fund veteran Franklin Templeton made its entrance into the ETF industry earlier this week when it rolled out its first offering, an actively managed short-duration U.S. government bond fund [see 5 ETF Alternatives to Troubled Treasuries].  [click to continue…]

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Money Market Fund ETFs Battle For Inflows: SHV vs. MINT

by on June 26, 2013 | Updated September 19, 2013

While the majority of exchange-traded products are used for long-term investments that can potentially pay off big over time, not all funds are created with this large payout in mind. Enter money market ETFs; this breed of funds has caught the attention of countless investors who are looking to preserve capital and, luckily, there are a number of options to choose from. Below we outline two strong representations of the money market category that have been battling for investor attention since inception: Barclays Short Treasury Bond Fund (SHV, B) and the Enhanced Short Maturity Strategy Fund (MINT, A-) [Download How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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ETFs continue to gain popularity as these innovative financial instruments allow for easy access to virtually any asset class without having to sacrifice cost-efficiency or transparency, making them ideal tools for long-term investors and active traders alike. While the bulk of exchange-traded products have appeal as longer-term investments that can potentially appreciate by a significant amount, not all […]


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 […]

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Bond ETFs That Steer Clear Of Interest Rate Risk

by on March 7, 2011 | Updated September 22, 2014

Innovation in the bond ETF space in recent years has been truly impressive, resulting in the introduction of a number of products that allow investors to fine tune their fixed income exposure. While the most popular bond ETFs are those that offer broad-based exposure to a variety of issuers and maturities (such as AGG or […]


ETF Alternatives To The World’s Largest Mutual Funds

by on December 6, 2010 | Updated May 15, 2013

It may be premature to hit the print button for the death certificate of active management, but changes to the investing landscape over the last several years have forced a reassessment of the value proposition this strategy offers. Research suggesting that active managers fail to add value is, of course, nothing new. Over the last […]

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ETF Ideas For Deflation Defense

by on August 9, 2010 | Updated August 10, 2010

First, the good news: all those fears about runaway inflation following from the massive injections of capital into financial markets appear to have been overblown. Now for the bad news: the alternative may be much worse. For months wary investors have been eagerly watching CPI reports, fearful of the release indicating that price increases are […]

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After lingering in the background of the ETF industry for the last several years, fixed income funds have stepped up in recent months to become one of the primary drivers of growth. Through the first seven months of 2010, cash inflows to ETFs totaled $49 billion. Of this amount, more than $23 billion has been […]

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TIP: Silver Bullet Or Steel Trap?

by on March 16, 2010 | Updated March 17, 2010

Earlier this month, InvestmentNews released a list of the ten ETFs financial advisors researched the most in 2009. The list, which was based on information provided by Morningstar, included several traditional inflation hedges, such as the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) and iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU), as well as the broad-based PowerShares DB Commodity Fund […]

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Picking The Right Money Market ETF

by on January 28, 2010 | Updated December 8, 2014

As interest in ETF investing has surged in recent years, issuers have rushed to expand their product lines into every corner of the investable universe. The first generation of ETF products consisted mostly of equity funds designed to track well-known benchmarks, and while the vast majority of ETF assets remains in these “plain vanilla” funds, […]


Beyond TIP: 10 ETFs To Protect Against Inflation

by on January 15, 2010 | Updated November 6, 2012

Over the last year, U.S. equity markets have staged a remarkable recovery as volatility has plummeted and the emergency stimulus measures implemented amidst heated debate appear to have had their intended effect. Indications that unemployment may be close to peaking and that consumer confidence is on the rise once again only add fuel to the […]

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VRDO: The Way To Go

by on September 30, 2009

The development of the ETF industry has in many ways leveled the investing playing field, bringing strategies previously available only to large institutions and sophisticated, high net worth investors to anyone with a Scottrade account. Most of these “democratizations” have involved very complex, high-risk tactics. Leveraged ETFs, hedge fund ETFs, and long/short ETFs have significantly […]

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