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10 Surprising ETF Stats From Mid Year ETF Data

by on July 5, 2012 | Updated May 14, 2013

Earlier this week, the ETF Industry Association released its June 30 batch of ETF data, providing an interesting snapshot of this fast-growing industry. It should come as no surprise that ETF assets continue to surge; the industry is quickly closing in on 1,500 products and $1.2 trillion in assets.

Looking a bit more closely at the stats for the ETF industry, however, reveals a number of interesting nuggets; below are ten facts about the pace of expansion that surprised us [sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:  [click to continue…]

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As central banks around the world continue to plow money into the financial system, investors have been bracing for an eventual uptick in inflationary pressures. While reported inflation throughout the developed world has remained tame–most markets are well within their official “comfort zone”–anxiety over rising prices remains. When the global economy stabilizes and consumers become more able to bear price increases, many expect CPI to spike [see Black Swan Hyperinflation ETFdb Portfolio].

There are a number of different tools for combating inflation. Some swear by commodities, which logically tend to appreciate when inflation arrives. Others believe equities make for a good bet in inflationary environments. But perhaps the most common tool for “inflation-proofing” a portfolio are inflation-protected bonds, securities whose face value adjusts based on reported inflation metrics.

ETFs have become common vehicles for holding TIPS; the Inflation Protected Bonds ETFdb Category consists of more than a dozen exchange-traded products, including domestic and international funds, with aggregate assets of almost $30 billion [see a list of all ETFdb Categories]. [click to continue…]


101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn

by on May 23, 2012 | Updated June 12, 2014

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have burst on to the scene in the late 2000s and early 2010s, raking in hundreds of billions of dollars in assets and prompting a major shift towards indexing strategies in the process. ETFs have empowered financial advisors (FAs), registered investment advisors (RIAs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), money managers, and retail investors […]


PIMCO Launches Active TIPS ETF (ILB)

by on May 1, 2012 | Updated June 22, 2012

PIMCO, fresh off the extremely successful launch of its Total Return ETF (BOND), has rolled out another actively managed bond fund that taps into a corner of the fixed income market that has generated significant interest in recent years. The new Global Advantage Inflation-Linked Bond Strategy Fund (ILB) will be comprised of inflation-protected bonds, securities […]

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Investors have seemingly brushed aside looming debt woes on both sides of the Atlantic ocean as improving growth expectations have helped pave the way higher for equity markets around the globe. Bullish momentum has undoubtedly prevailed on Wall Street thus far in 2012, although many are fearful that a steep market correction is just around the corner. […]

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ProShares continues to beef up its lineup of alternative ETFs, recently rolling out a pair of products that offer leveraged exposure to “breakeven inflation.” The new ETFs will deliver 3x and -3x daily leveraged exposure to indexes comprised of both long and short positions in ten-year bonds, with the goal of giving investors tools for […]

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ETFs: The $10 Billion Club

by on January 11, 2012

It is no secret that the ETF industry is dominated by just a handful of products. The majority of the $1 trillion plus assets are confined to roughly 100 funds, leaving the other 1,300 ETFs in the dust. But as growth in the industry continues to pick up, more and more funds are entering elite […]

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This past year was the most active ever for the exchange traded industry in terms of product development; the launch of more than 300 new products shattered the record set in 2010. And innovation continues to run high in the industry; the creativity of issuers is still impressive, as many of the ETFs that have […]

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New Inflation / Deflation ETNs: Better Than TIP?

by on December 7, 2011 | Updated May 14, 2013

PowerShares and Deutsche Bank, partners on a suite of exchange-traded notes targeting commodities and several international bond markets, have rolled out a pair of ETNs designed to target changes in inflation expectations. The new notes will be linked to indexes that are designed to measure the market’s expectations of future inflation implied by the difference […]

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ETF Database has introduced another new resource to its lineup of analytical tools designed to help financial advisors and individual investors navigate through the rapidly-increasing universe of exchange-traded products: ETF Scorecards that provide relevant, timely, and unbiased analysis of more than 1,300 ETPs. The ETF Scorecards are in-depth, customized analyst reports that highlight the noteworthy […]

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Alternatives To The 20 Most Popular ETFs

by on October 13, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

The impressive pace of expansion in the ETF industry has been well documented; continuous product development has resulted in the launch of hundreds of products each year, and there are now more than 1,600 names in the ETF lineup. But while the depth of the ETF space has increased, the industry remains quite top-heavy; a […]

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With all the money printing from the Fed and gold approaching historic levels, it is clear that many investors are growing increasingly worried about the prospect of inflation striking their portfolios in the near term.  Since the economy still remains incredibly weak, more quantitative easing cannot be ruled out at this month’s FOMC meeting, increasing the possibility […]

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