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When it comes to investing, the focus is always on one simple and logical goal: maximize returns, whether in the short term or over the long haul. But as many can attest to, investing can sometimes be a crapshoot. Nearly every imaginable event or influence can send shock waves into the market, instantly producing a tangible and sometimes painful effect on bottom line returns. As we continue to keep our eye on the prize, many of us forget how important limiting downside can be [see Safe Haven ETF Portfolio For Conservative Investors -- Sneak Peek]. [click to continue…]

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The evolution of the ETF industry has spawned more than a handful of instruments allowing investors of all walks unprecedented access to virtually every corner of the global market. The wave of innovation continues to bring forth an ever-expanding lineup of tools, serving everyone from portfolio managers to active traders and in between. Active management has grown in popularity as the cost-efficient nature of the ETF wrapper has allowed investors to tap into traditionally complex and costly strategies [see Cheapskate Hedge Fund ETFdb Portfolio]. 

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RBS, the well-known financial institution and relative newcomer to the ETF space. introduced its sixth ETN this week. This new ETN, the NASDAQ-100 Trendpilot ETN (TNDQ), will join the issuer’s family of “Trendpilot” ETPs, which offer exposure to a dynamic trading strategy applied across a variety of asset classes. TNDQ is linked to the RBS […]

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The vast majority of the 1,300+ exchange-traded products now available to U.S. investors are alike in that they offer static exposure to a specific asset class, whether it be stocks, bonds, commodities, volatility futures, or other “exotic” securities. While the composition of the underlying portfolios changes regularly, the type of exposure offered–whether it be soybean […]

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RBS rolled out the fourth product in its Trendpilot suite on Thursday, debuting an ETN that combines exposure to crude oil with a popular trend following strategy. The RBS Oil Trendpilot ETN (TWTI) is linked to the RBS Trendpilot Index, a dynamic benchmark that oscillates between oil futures and cash depending on recent price trends. […]

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When ETNs Are Better Than ETFs

by on March 16, 2011 | Updated December 8, 2014

As the universe of exchange-traded products has expanded considerably in recent years, investors have become more aware of the nuances between the various types of investment vehicles. Under the “ETF umbrella” are a number of product structures that aren’t true 1940 Act exchange-traded funds, including unit investment trusts (UITs) and grantor trusts. Also included are […]

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Royal Bank of Scotland debuted its third exchange-traded note in the U.S. market today, rolling out a product that shifts exposure between gold bullion and low risk Treasuries depending on the recent performance of the precious metal. The RBS Gold Trendpilot ETN (TBAR) will be linked to an index that invests in gold bullion when […]

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RBS rolled out its second exchange-traded note on Thursday, adding the U.S. Mid Cap Trendpilot Index ETN (TRNM) to its lineup. The new note will be linked to the performance of the RBS U.S. Mid Cap Trendpilot Index, a dynamic benchmark that shifts exposure between mid cap stocks and low risk Treasuries depending on observable […]

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December continued the impressive wave of product innovation that has become expected of the ETF industry. Various issuers introduced first-to-market products and continued the impressive expansion of the exchange-traded product pipeline. After starting with a flurry of activity, product launches slowed in the second half of the month leading up to the holiday season. Still, […]

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In the ETF industry, sometimes when it rains, it pours. The last two weeks have seen an unprecedented blitz of new product launches, with several issuers rolling out dozens of first-to-market products. Wednesday saw Rydex beef up its equal-weighted offerings, Direxion debut its first non-leveraged ETF, and the Royal Bank of Scotland dip its toes […]

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