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As 2012 draws to a close, we’ve been recapping some of the best and worst ETF performers over the past year. Today, we’re taking a look back at the biggest winners and losers of the previous year–2011– to see how they followed up their impressive (or depressing) years in 2012. 

Many of the asset classes that surged in 2011 posted another stellar year in 2012, and many of those that struggled mightily in 2011 continued their freefall in 2012. Of course, there are some that dramatically reversed course in 2012. Below, we highlight the ETFs profiled last year in our 10 Equity ETFs That Surged In 2011 and 10 Worst ETF Performers Of 2011 with an update on the 2012 performance [for more ETF ideas, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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With the first quarter of 2012 coming to a close, investors have witnessed equity and commodity markets skyrocket as Wall Street continues to indulge their risky appetites. Stocks steamed ahead into the new year, with the Nasdaq and Dow Jones pushing into post-crisis, record breaking territory, an encouraging sign that perhaps the equity markets are well on their way to a full recovery. As markets rallied, many equity and commodity ETFs have posted impressive year-to-date gains. Although momentum continues to build, some corners of the market have struggled to keep up with the rapid pace [see also When Bigger Isn't Better: Profiling ETF Alternatives To DJP, FXI, GLD].

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Vanguard, the Pennsylvania-based provider of ETFs and mutual funds known for its low management expenses, has further enhanced the cost efficiency on its lineup of sector-specific ETFs. The company announced that the expense ratios on a handful of its sector funds have been cut to 0.19%, making them slightly cheaper than the popular lineup of […]

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This time last year, investors were generally thrilled with the performances of their portfolios, which had continued to bounce back nicely from the devastating recession that hit in 2008. Unfortunately, few are feeling the same sense of accomplishment as 2011 draws to a close; this year has been frustrating in that a few large, swift […]

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With the finish line in sight, it’s fairly safe to say that 2011 will be remembered by most investors as a wild, back-and-forth year that brought plenty of both hope and despair. A hot start raised optimism of a continued recovery after a generally impressive 2011, but the summer months were anything but relaxing; major […]

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So far, this year has been tough for markets around the globe. Since the downgrade of U.S. credit quality in August, equity markets have become plagued with rampant volatility, discouraging capital inflows and prompting many investors to pull out of the markets entirely. Just when the debt-ceiling drama at home came to an end, euro […]

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