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March marked the most active month yet in 2011 for the ETF industry. While both of the previous months saw a healthy boost in funds introduced and filed for, March brought 38 new funds to market, expanding the exchange traded world even further. With the total number of funds now nearing 1,200, investors have more options than ever to gain exposure to a wide variety of asset classes and investment strategies. This past month saw introduction of numerous innovative new products, such as the first ever senior loan ETF, Italian and German Treasury ETNs, and a “pure” gold miners ETF. The tail end of the month saw the entrance of a new issuer, FocusShares, who released 15 new ETFs with expense ratios lower than any competitor in the space. Below, we highlight all of the new additions to the ETF lineup over the last month, as well as some new fund filings [sign up for our free ETF newsletter]:

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ProShares, the largest issuer of inverse and leveraged ETFs, continues to build out the portion of its product lineup offering opportunities to gain short exposure to fixed income securities. The new Short Investment Grade (IGS) will seek to deliver daily results that correspond to the inverse of the iBoxx $ Liquid Investment Grade Index, a benchmark is a modified market-value weighted index designed to provide a balanced representation of U.S. dollar-denominated investment grade corporate bonds. That benchmark serves as the underlying to the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund (LQD), which has nearly $13 billion in assets. [click to continue…]

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Direxion, one of the largest issuers of 2x and 3x leveraged ETFs, announced the launch of three products offering daily inverse exposure to fixed income benchmarks. The new -1x Direxion ETFs include:

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