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As the ETF industry has seen assets climb past the $1.1 trillion mark in recent months, the number of funds has also increased dramatically. There are now close to 1,300 ETFs available to U.S. investors, and hundreds more in the pipeline that could hit the market at some point in the not-so-distant future. While some of the new introductions are “plain vanilla” funds focusing on well known stock and bond markets, most of the growth in the number of ETPs has been attributable to more targeted and complex funds offering exposure to narrow asset classes or investment theses. [click to continue…]

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Despite a dismal month for most equity benchmarks, ETF assets climbed past the $1.1 trillion level in July thanks to another strong round of inflows into exchange-traded products. More than $13 billion flowed into ETPs last month, led by strong demand for U.S. equities and commodities. Domestic equity funds accounted for about $4.4 billion of inflows, while commodities took in another $3.5 billion. International stocks ($2.3 billion) and fixed income ($2.6 billion) also saw big inflows, according to the latest data from the National Stock Exchange. [click to continue…]

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July was another hectic month for equities, as the world struggled to deal with numerous debt crises that put downward pressure on global markets. In our first full month off of the quantitative easing program, rumors have already sprung up that a QE3 may be in store, as markets have failed to establish a strong […]

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The growth of the ETP lineup to 1,300 products and beyond has been fueled largely by the development–and success–of funds other than the “plain vanilla” offerings that offer exposure to well known stock and bond indexes. As the ETF industry has grown in size, it has also become more granular in nature; many of the […]

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First Trust, the firm behind the recently-launched Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY) has filed details on an ETF focused on another popular theme: inflation. A recent SEC filing detailed the First Trust Inflation Managed Fund, a product that would maintain a primary investment objective of “long-term capital appreciation” and secondary objective of current income. The […]

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So far in 2011 more than 200 new exchange-traded products have debuted, taking the ETF lineup close to the 1,300 mark. Over the past several years, the exposure accessible through ETFs has become increasingly granular; while some of the new products debuting are “plain vanilla” funds linked to well known indexes (such as the recent […]

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The last several years have seen no shortage of firsts in the ETF industry. The size of the ETF roster is quickly approaching 1,300 products, thanks in large part to impressive innovation from more than three dozen different issuers. While some of the new launches have been duplicative in nature, the vast majority of the […]

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The past few weeks have been a relatively slow stretch for the ETF industry–at least in terms of product development. Since EGShares rolled out a suite of sector-specific emerging markets ETFs on June 23, only two new products have hit the market: the S&P 500 Crude Oil Linked ETN (BARL) from Morgan Stanley and the […]

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First Trust has rolled out the industry’s first ETF focused exclusively on the cloud computing industry, debuting the ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY) on Wednesday. The new ETF will seek to replicate a modified equal-dollar weighted index comprised of companies involved in the cloud computing industry, including both “pure play” companies and those with […]

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June was another interesting month for markets around the world as a number of important events transpired over the past few weeks. The Federal Reserve meeting came and went without much of a hitch as Bernanke called for the end of QE at the end of the month but suggested that the economy was still […]

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The latest round of new product launches has pushed the total for the ETF total to 1,300, close to twice the number of products trading just a couple of years ago. But if the activity behind the scenes is any indication, the growth spurt is far from over. Multiple issuers continue to stuff the product […]

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