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12 Cheap ETFs Every Trader Must Know

by on March 20, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

The popularity of ETFs–for their transparency, diversity across asset classes and low fees–have created a lot of competition between ETF providers to attract volume. One way ETFs attract volume is through a low expense ratio (ER). The ER is the fee charged to manage your funds on a yearly basis, expressed as a percentage. While the ER is not the only factor to consider when investing in ETFs, a lower ER means you keep more of the generated profits, and pay less when you realize a loss [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

Below is a list of the cheapest ETFs in the short/inverse, leveraged and major asset categories; please note this includes only ETFs in the top 100 by trading volume, and as such, is intended for active investors who are looking to keep their trading costs to a minimum:

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Investors endured another slow trading week with mixed economic data releases on Wall Street, paving the way for another wave of profit-taking. As major equity indexes drifted sideways with a downward bias, several key developments took place on the ETF front; Charles Schwab cut expenses on all 15 of its ETFs while Global X announced it was shuttering the doors on four of its funds. VelocityShares also made a splash on the product development front with its SEC proposal for a basket of ETFs [see also Free Report: 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Model Portfolios].

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Investors remained on eggshells today as bearish sentiment swept across Wall Street. Despite the fact that the central banks of three global powerhouses – the U.S., Euro Zone, and Japan – will be pumping billion of dollars into their economies in an effort to prop up growth, speculations remain high as many have started to […]

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As the ETF industry has rapidly expanded, so too have the options investors have for slicing and dicing markets. One of the most popular innovations in recent years has been the ability to access volatility through the exchange-traded structure; there are now multiple ETPs for gaining exposure to VIX contracts, including a number of inverse […]

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Though ETFs may appear as very simple and straightforward investment vehicles, there is a rather complex infrastructure that lies beneath the surface. Under the hood of exchange-traded products is a unique “creation / redemption” mechanism that allows for the number of shares outstanding to fluctuate based on supply and demand. Generally, this mechanism serves a […]

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Six Noteworthy ETF Innovations

by on November 16, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Since the ETF industry was conceived in 1993, innovation has been a hallmark of this rapidly-expanding corner of the investing landscape. Thanks to a unique structure that allows for liquidity, transparency, and tax efficiency, ETFs have quickly and consistently taken market share from other types of securities, bringing newfound flexibility to all types of portfolios. […]

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The third quarter got off to a sizzling start in the ETF industry; a surge in asset prices boosted asset levels significantly after two months of freefalls, and the product development activity remained strong after a busy month of September. Close to 30 new products began trading last month, including many first-to-market ideas that have […]

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Markets Regain Footing

by on October 8, 2011 | Updated May 14, 2013

Investor worries eased up a bit this past week as concerns over Europe were quelled by the ECB following its most recent decision to keep interest rates unchanged. Wall Street posted an impressive three-day winning streak starting with an impressive, high-volume rally in the final hours of trading on Tuesday. However, stocks couldn’t hold onto […]

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ProShares is continuing its push to cement its status as the leading provider of alternatives ETFs, announcing today the launch of two more products offering exposure to volatility-related strategies. Currently the only issuer to offer VIX futures ETFs, ProShares debuted products offering inverse and leveraged exposure to an index comprised of short-term VIX futures contracts. […]

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Reviewing All The VIX ETF Options

by on December 10, 2010 | Updated October 26, 2012

The impressive ETF boom that has unfolded over the last several years has been the result of a number of attractive features of the exchange-traded structure relative to traditional mutual funds. In addition to considerably lower expenses, intraday liquidity and enticing tax breaks have fueled interest in ETPs, which now number nearly 1,500 in the […]

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