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In yet another first for the ETF industry, ProShares announced this week the introduction of a pair of products that will offer leveraged exposure to the exchange rate between two of the world’s most heavily traded currencies. The new ETFs will offer access to the AUD / USD exchange rate, amplifying swings in the value of the Australian dollar. The new ETFs are: 

  • ProShares UltraShort Australian Dollar (CROC)
  • ProShares Ultra Australian Dollar (GDAY)

CROC will seek to deliver -2x daily returns to the AUD/USD cross rate, while GDAY will offer 2x leveraged daily exposure to the same benchmark [see 46 Amusing ETF Tickers].  [click to continue…]

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on the year, while fixed income benchmarks have similarly hovered around breakeven. Beyond these broad generalizations, there are some significant performance discrepancies among exchange-traded products that may seem to offer up similar risk/return profiles.

The following tables highlight the top performers from every ETFdb Category during the first six months of the year, shedding some light on the asset classes that have struggled and thrived so far in 2011–and reinforcing that the seemingly minor distinctions between ETPs can lead to big differences in performance [for monthly updates on the best performers, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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PowerShares and Deutsche Bank have rolled out two exchange-traded notes that give investors additional options for expressing their outlook on the performance of the U.S. dollar against its major developed market rivals. The two new ETNs are linked to an index that consists of U.S. Dollar Index Futures, which reflect the performance of the greenback […]

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Time For A Leveraged Euro ETF?

by on May 20, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

It seems like ages ago that the future of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency was in serious doubt, with the euro being held out as one viable replacement. But with Greece on the brink of a fiscal collapse and several major European economies struggling to reel in ballooning budget deficits, it is […]

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Best Performing ETFs Of 2009

by on December 21, 2009 | Updated April 30, 2010

Following a year that saw some of the worst performances in recent memory, many asset classes have bounced back in  2009. But some have performed better than others, and as the year draws to a close we take a look at some of the best-performing ETFs. The year’s top gainers include a few of the […]

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Euro ETFs Under Fire

by on December 15, 2009

As the U.S. dollar slid in recent months, one of the primary beneficiaries has been the euro, which had surged to the key $1.50 level relative to the dollar as worries about prolonged periods of low interest rates in the U.S. and the greenback’s future as the default reserve currency created a perfect storm around […]

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