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The expansion of the ETF universe has brought forth countless strategies and previously hard-to-reach asset classes to anyone with an online brokerage account. While it’s true that most investors have embraced the traditional, index-based, or so-called “plain vanilla” funds, there is still growing demand for the more sophisticated and actively managed offerings out there [see our ETF Launch Center].

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It’s pretty darn hard, if not altogether impossible, to read through any sort of financial publication these days without running across some mention of the S&P 500 Index. This revered benchmark has found its way onto the radar screens of countless investors and traders since its inception in 1957. More importantly, the proliferation of ETFs has made it both easy and cost-efficient for anyone with an online brokerage account to access this globally-known equity index; in fact, there are three funds linked directly to this benchmark with over $150 billion in total assets under management and more than a handful of others that employ strategies based around the coveted index [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

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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 […]

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Stocks continue to drift sideways with an upward bias as cautious optimism surrounding the looming “fiscal cliff” has proven to be a dominant theme on Wall Street. Choppy trading has become the norm as mixed data releases have kept a lid on confidence, including lackluster ISM and factory orders data coupled with upbeat construction spending […]

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The evolution of the ETF industry has spawned more than a handful of instruments allowing investors of all walks unprecedented access to virtually every corner of the global market. The wave of innovation continues to bring forth an ever-expanding lineup of tools, serving everyone from portfolio managers to active traders and in between. Active management has grown […]

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Direxion, the firm that recently rolled out a pair of Insider Sentiment ETFs, got the ball rolling on the product development front in 2012 with the launch of three volatility response ETFs this week. The new ETFs offer dynamic exposure to U.S. and Latin American equity markets, shifting allocations between stocks and cash based on […]

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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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The vast majority of the 1,300+ exchange-traded products now available to U.S. investors are alike in that they offer static exposure to a specific asset class, whether it be stocks, bonds, commodities, volatility futures, or other “exotic” securities. While the composition of the underlying portfolios changes regularly, the type of exposure offered–whether it be soybean […]

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Many investors have had a rough time so far in 2011 as a number of issues have plagued markets around the world. European debt crises appear to be in the news every other day while an increasingly large number of emerging markets appear to be abandoning their focus on fighting inflation. This has pushed many […]

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September was one of the worst months in years for global equity markets. Volatility swept throughout every corner of the financial markets as escalating Euro zone debt woes worried investors of an impending crisis. Investor confidence has been slowly eroding given the concerning global economic outlook, prompting many to pull out of the markets all […]

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Direxion, the Boston-based ETF issuer best known for its suite of 3x and -3x products, continues to expand its platform to include non-leveraged ETFs. The firm has already rolled out a non-leveraged airline ETF (FLYX), and earlier this year detailed plans for a suite of targeted Indian equity funds. And in a recent SEC filing, […]

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Less than a week into November, the month is shaping up to be one of the most active in recent memory for the ETF industry. Vanguard (international real estate ETF), UBS (another MLP ETN), PIMCO (laddered Treasury fund), and Global X (Gold Explorers) have already launched new ETFs, and several more issuers are expected to […]

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