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Growth and evolution have been recurring themes in the exchange-traded universe in 2011, as investors are now faced with a diverse product lineup of  over 1,400 ETPs. More than 300 of those are new additions in 2011, a year that broke the previous record for extent of product development. And while many of the new ETFs that launched in 2011 are on the small side, some of these funds have come flying out of the gates to attract significant cash inflows.

Through December 13, 18 ETFs that debuted in 2011 had accumulated at least $100 million in assets, an impressive total that illustrates the tremendous growth potential remaining in a market some believed was approaching its saturation point:

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After a summer slowdown that saw the pace of new ETF launches decline dramatically, product development in the industry ramped up in September. The end of vacation season brought a wave of new exchange-traded products to market, including several first-to-market concepts and the introduction of a couple of new issuers.

September also saw a continuation of a more recent trend: fund closures. A handful of issuers announced last month that they would be shuttering products, including the departure from the industry for one firm. [click to continue…]

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Bears On Parade

by on September 24, 2011

Last week was quite grim for investors to say the least, as stocks across the board plunged Wednesday afternoon following the Fed’s decision to proceed with “Operation Twist” and nothing more. Equity indexes extended their losses and fell even lower the following day as investor worries surrounding the outlook of the U.S. economy intensified following […]

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Earlier this week, Northern Trust, the Chicago-based asset manager best known for its banking and wealth management divisions, announced a second foray into the Exchange-Traded Fund world with the debut of four ‘FlexShares‘ ETFs. The launch comes a little over two years after the closing of First Trust’s inaugural attempt in the ETF game with 17 NETS […]

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