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Top 10 Noteworthy ETF Trends Of 2011

by on December 26, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

The curtain is about to drop on 2011, a year that will go down as a record-breaking period for the rapidly-expanding ETF industry. More than 300 exchange-traded products began trading this year, with dozens of issuers rolling out new products. While some of the new additions bear a striking resemblance to more established products on the market, the recent growth has been market by innovation that has made new asset classes and strategies available through the exchange-traded wrapper [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].

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2011: A Year Of ETF Firsts

by on December 6, 2011

2011 has been arguably one the busiest ever for the ETF industry, as we are on pace to break through 300 new launches for the year. As we rapidly approach 1,400 total funds in the space, it can be a daunting task to try and keep up with the tidal wave of new products that seem to hit the market each week. For those who have been overwhelmed by this year’s debuts, they may be missing out on a number of new and innovative products. Below, we outline the ETF firsts that 2011 brought to better educate investors on the options that currently exist. [click to continue…]

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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. […]


ProShares announced the launch of the Hedge Replication ETF (HDG), a new product that will seek to provide returns characteristic of the hedge fund asset class. The new ETF is designed to maintain a high correlation to the HFRI Weighted Composite Index, an equal-weighted composite of more than 2,000 funds.

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Innovation not only in the ETF space but throughout the financial industry has opened up new opportunities in recent years, allowing investors to access asset classes and strategies that had previously been out of reach. One example of such a phenomenon is the volatility space, which has been transformed from a hypothetical but widely-followed measure […]

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The introduction and rapid expansion of the ETF industry has no doubt been a very positive development for investors big and small. The low fees characteristic of the exchange-traded structure have allowed cost-conscious investors to minimize expenses without sacrificing returns, while the enhanced tax efficiency and intraday trading capabilities have contributed increased flexibility to the […]

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After a quiet stretch during the second half of December, January continued the wave of product innovation that has become common in the ETF industry. Various issuers introduced first-to-market products and continued the impressive expansion of the exchange-traded product pipeline. The month saw steady releases from various issuers to add to the 1,100+ exchange traded […]

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ProShares Debuts Two VIX ETFs

by on January 4, 2011 | Updated November 20, 2012

ProShares, a leading issuer of leveraged ETFs, launched one of the last new ETFs of 2010 when it debuted the RAFI Long/Short (RALS) in December. Now the company has launched the first new ETFs of 2011, rolling out two volatility products on Tuesday. The ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures (VIXY) and VIX Mid-Term Futures (VIXM) are […]

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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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