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Though nothing compared to recent years, this past year has still been marked by uncertainty, prompting investors to return in droves from safe haven accounts to the U.S. stock market. Investors have their eyes fixed on major indexes and other indicators to judge the overall health of our economy, but another judge of market sentiment is watching which ETFs have taken off since last year. Needless to say, some industries have evolved with the changing economic climate, while others have fallen far behind [For updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].
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Issuers big and small continue to fill the development pipeline and with the total product lineup approaching the 1,500 mark, ETF investors are sure to have choices when it comes to shopping around. The ETF Database makes it easy for prospective buyers to slice-and-dice the exchange-traded universe whichever way they want; the ETF Screener allows you to quickly and easily filter down the list of products by dozens of descriptive criteria like asset class, region and sector. Our newest addition, the ETF Analyzer, is by far the most flexible tool available; this resource allows investors to compare a variety of potential investments on a number of criteria, including everything from performance and dividend yield to total holdings and volatility [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Why We Don’t Need Any More ETF Closures

by on October 4, 2011 | Updated April 23, 2013

[This article is a free preview from the October edition of ETF Edge, the premium newsletter included with a subscription to ETFdb Pro] After a summer slowdown, the product development segment of the ETF industry is back in full swing; close to 40 new ETFs and ETNs began trading in October, pushing the total product […]

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Over the past decade, China has become an incredible economic force, surging from an investment afterthought to one of the key nations for trade in the world today.  The country is currently the world’s second biggest economy from a GDP perspective and exports more products, in dollar terms, than any other nation on earth. Yet, with […]

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ETF Research Report Now Available: China ETFs In Focus

by on July 31, 2011 | Updated August 3, 2011

Over the past few years it has become increasingly clear that China is now the most important economy in the world. Though second to the U.S. in total size, China accounts directly for a significant portion of global GDP growth and has contributed indirectly to expansion in developed and emerging markets around the globe–particularly resource […]

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The month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and […]

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As the world’s three key developed market zones–the U.S., the EU, and Japan–continue to struggle under the weight of mounting debt burdens, high unemployment, and slow growth environments, investors have made a rapid exodus out of “advanced” markets and into emerging markets that now account for the majority of global GDP growth. These nations generally […]

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As one of the primary causes of the recent financial crisis and economic downturn, real estate has been hit hard since 2008, with a variety of REITs struggling to find financing for new projects, tenants for old buildings, and the cash to pay for operations. While many names in this sector have plunged, others have […]

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The impact of the recent global economic slowdown was first felt by consumers around the world who were forced to cut back on purchases in order to endure the recession. While some consumer segments such as the wealthy, have begun to spend again, the events of the last two years have also had a profound, […]

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A number of statistical bulletins released in recent weeks have served as an excellent illustration of the ever-widening cap between the world’s emerging and developed economies. While the U.S. and Europe struggle to stay afloat and eke out positive GDP growth, the concern in China is very different. Beijing has been concerned in recent months […]

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What’s In A Name: A Look Inside ETF Tickers

by on February 3, 2010 | Updated June 12, 2014

Whenever a company prepares for a public offering, executives have been known to spend an inordinate amount of time choosing the combination of letters that will serve as the company’s ticker and often nickname within the investment community. To many, the fixation on selecting the perfect ticker seems like an irrational obsession on par with […]

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Time For A Real Estate ETF?

by on January 26, 2010 | Updated November 9, 2012

Historically, no portfolio was complete without a material allocation to real estate. Consistently high real returns and low correlations to stocks and bonds made it easy to overlook the out-of-whack fundamentals that ultimately led to an unprecedented collapse. But when real estate markets got a reality check in late 2008, many investors swore off the […]

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