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October may have started off well in the markets, but after a series of poor earning reports major equity indexes went into a tail spin, landing much lower than many expected to be. Many of the new ETFs that were proposed earlier this year are now finally coming to market, offering unique and potentially profitable investment options; October saw the debut of the newest actively managed fund, as well as an interesting “core” lineup aimed towards long-term investors [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

Wall Street was hit by poor earnings and lackluster developments on the product front, with the closing of thirty funds by the end of the month, all from only two issuers. At the same time, filing activity remains strong; issuers of all shapes and sizes continue to stuff new ideas into the pipeline, and hopefully we will see more of these funds launch before the end of the year [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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May proved to be a brutal month on Wall Street, as equity markets across the board plummeted into red territory. Poor U.S. economic data coupled with revived Euro Zone tensions painted a grim picture for the future of the global economic recovery. With investors watching their bottom lines quickly erode, many are looking for ways to minimize their exposure to the riskier and more volatile segments of the market [see also Three High-Yielding Monthly Dividend ETFs].

Enter Low Volatility ETFs. With over a dozen products to chose from, this ultra popular category of ETFs has raked in close to $2 billion in aggregate assets. Intuitively, these products are very appealing, especially for risk averse investors. But, as many investors have learned the hard way, compelling ideas don’t always translate into compelling performances [see our Low Volatility ETFdb Portfolio]. [click to continue…]

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PowerShares, the firm behind the incredibly popular S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (SPLV) has added two more products that employ a similar methodology in international stock markets. The new ETFs, the first launched by PowerShares in 2012, include [for analysis of all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]: PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets […]

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Innovation has come to be expected in the ETF industry, where a number of developments over the last several years have made a number of new asset classes and investment strategies accessible through the low-cost, tax-efficient exchange-traded structure. From leveraged ETFs to commodity ETPs to VIX-based products, there have been a number of “firsts” in […]

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Russell, the longtime index provider in the midst of a major push into the ETF issuer business, continued the rapid expansion of its product lineup this week with the introduction of its first international equity funds. The company launched three new funds focusing on developed markets outside of the U.S., with each targeting exposure based […]

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iShares, the largest issuer of ETFs in the U.S. by total assets, rolled out another suite of funds on Thursday that offer targeted exposure to domestic and international equity markets. The new iShares minimum volatility ETFs are the latest in a trend of products targeting specific investment factors and disciplines, following similar offerings in recent […]

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Since making its ETF debut earlier this year, Russell has moved quickly to build out a suite of investment discipline and factor products that bring time-tested strategies to investors in the tax efficient and low cost exchange-traded wrapper. The Russell ETF lineup currently consists of 17 funds, and the company has filed details on several […]

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May ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures

by on June 1, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

May was a tumultuous month for equity markets, as instability around the world pushed and pulled on major indexes through the last several weeks. Perhaps the biggest news of the month was the re-emergence of the European debt crisis; with Greece in yet another dire situation, many investors are concerned about the overall stability of […]

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Recapping A Wild Week

by on May 28, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

After concerns about Europe dominated trading in the early part of the week, U.S. and international markets staged a comeback in the final sessions of the week, putting most major benchmarks higher but not enough to break through into the green on the week. Though Friday was light on volume ahead of an extended holiday […]

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Russell broadened its ETF footprint considerably on Friday, rolling out a suite of ten factor ETFs offering exposure to large cap and small cap domestic equities. The aggressive expansion comes just over a week after Russell made its long awaited debut in the ETF industry with the launch of six funds offering exposure to investment […]

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