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The S&P 500 is one of the most widely-followed indexes in the world, offering exposure to a basket of U.S. stocks that includes many of the world’s largest corporations. As such, the S&P 500 is a core of many long-term, buy-and-hold portfolios; it isn’t uncommon for this index to make up a substantial portion of investing strategies. For investors looking to establish exposure to the S&P 500, there are a handful of ETF options available out there; State Street, iShares, and Vanguard each offer funds linked to this benchmark.

Because the products are generally similar in terms of composition and holdings (the structures of each do feature some nuances), most investors will compare their options based on expenses. Below, we offer up an in-depth analysis of the total expense structure of these three exchange-traded products [sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:  [click to continue…]

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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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First Trust announced this week the launch of a new ETF that will combine exposure to one of the world’s most widely-followed stock market indexes with VIX call options. The new First Trust CBOE S&P 500 VIX Tail Hedge Fund (VIXH) will seek to replicate an index that includes each component of the S&P 500 […]

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After a mostly down and up week on Wall Street, the ETF pop quiz returns this week with another round of questions about high yield debt, ETFs with big exposure to Europe’s problem spots, and a head-to-head comparison of two major emerging markets. As always, the answers to all the questions below (and many more) […]

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As we approach the halfway point of 2012, we are on track for yet another period of tremendous growth for the lineup of ETFs. More than a hundred new funds have begun trading already this year, and dozens of issuers continue to plan aggressive expansions of their product lineups.  While the blistering pace of expansion […]

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The Top 10 Cheapest And Most Expensive ETFs

by on December 20, 2011 | Updated November 2, 2012

One of the founding principles of the ETF industry was cost competitiveness; after being charged upwards of 150 basis points for their favorite mutual funds, investors had grown tired of surrendering a substantial portion of their gains to the managers of big name funds. Now, there are ETFs that charge as low as 5 basis […]

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Financial advisors and individual investors who have embraced ETFs are generally painted as a cost conscious crowd, passing over expensive active mutual funds in favor of cheap indexing strategies. In general ETFs are considerably cheaper than mutual funds, thanks not only to the indexing strategy but also to the more efficient exchange-traded structure. But not […]

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As ETFs have burst on to the scene in recent years, just about every serious investor and professional money manager has taken a crash course in exchange-traded products, becoming familiar with the countless benefits and nuances of these products. Features such as enhanced transparency, upgraded tax efficiency, and low costs are generally well known at […]

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A Tale Of Two Dividend ETFs: SDIV vs. VIG

by on October 18, 2011 | Updated November 20, 2012

In the current environment, it seems as if most investment strategies have fallen out of favor with the vast majority of financial advisors and investors. Emerging markets, recently the source of turbo-charged growth, have been hammered by concerns about inflationary pressures and slowdowns in growth. Agricultural and energy commodities, which seemed to be on an […]

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In recent years ETFs have become increasingly popular as means of establishing cost efficient, low maintenance exposure to time-tested investment strategies. Russell recently rolled out a line of “investment discipline ETFs” that essentially automate the construction of portfolios consistent with various portfolio management techniques, including Growth at a Reasonable Price (GRPC), Contrarian (CNTR), and Low […]

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PowerShares rolled out the latest additions to its ETF lineup on Thursday, commencing trading on two ETFs that offer exposure to specific subsets of the S&P 500 Index. The two new ETFs are:

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FocusShares, the company acquired last year by Scottrade, has debuted 15 U.S. equity ETFs that are among the cheapest exchange-traded products available. The new products, which include both market cap-specific and sector-specific funds, are all linked to indexes developed and maintained by Morningstar. The new FocusShares ETFs include:

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