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As the economy continues to show positive signs of recovery, investors are becoming bolder with their funds, even returning to an industry that many blame for the situation we are in now. Big or small, not all banks were able to weather the liquidity stress tests the last five years have put them through, but all are looking forward to the return of an expanding global market. With over 40 ETFs focusing on the financial sector, there are a number niche and broad prospective investors can take on in this massive global industry [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

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ProShares added a pair of products designed for investors looking to bet on the short term performance of the often volatile financial sector today. Two new ETFs, the ProShares UltraPro Financials (FINU) and ProShares UltraPro Short Financials (FINZ) will offer 300% daily leveraged exposure to the Dow Jones U.S. Financials Index, a benchmark that consists of large banking institutions. The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Sector Index Fund (IYF) offers non-leveraged exposure to that benchmark. IYF, which is up about 11% so far in 2012, makes its largest individual allocations to Wells Fargo, JP Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway.  [click to continue…]

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ProShares continues to be one of the most active ETF issuers of 2010, announcing the launch on Thursday of the first inverse and leveraged ETFs offering exposure to regional banks. The Ultra KBW Regional Banking (KRU) will seek daily returns equal to 200% of the return on the KBW Regional Banking Index, while the Short […]

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ProShares, a leading provider of inverse and leveraged ETFs, has filed for approval on seven addition ETFs, including four “ultra” international ETFs and three products focusing on a popular regional bank index. The international ETFs complement four existing 200% inverse products, and include:

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The old saying “any publicity is good publicity” certainly seems to ring true in the ETF industry. Over the last several months, leveraged ETFs have been the subject of intense scrutiny, first from individual investors and analysts, and more recently from regulatory agencies such as FINRA. Despite allegations that these funds are dishonest products that […]

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How To Fix the Leveraged ETF Mess

by on June 26, 2009 | Updated August 12, 2009

Leveraged ETFs have quickly become the hot-button issue in the ETF industry, dividing investors and observers into two distinct camps. On the one side are sophisticated day traders who believe these funds, which use derivatives and other complex financial instruments to provide amplified daily returns on a target index, are the greatest thing since sliced bread. And on […]

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