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Closer Look At S&P 500 ETF Options

by on October 25, 2010 | Updated November 20, 2012

The S&P 500 Index is perhaps the world’s best known benchmark. First published in 1957, the cap-weighted index consists of 500 large cap U.S. stocks listed on either the NYSE or NASDAQ and has become a widely-followed barometer measuring the performance of the U.S. economy. The S&P 500 is a common benchmark for active managers seeking to generate alpha, but the index has also become one of the most widely-traded assets in the world, as the rise of indexed mutual funds–and more recently ETFs–have transformed benchmarks into investable securities. According to S&P, assets invested in products indexed to the S&P 500 total nearly $1 trillion, a figure that has increased as more and more investors have embraced indexing as an investment strategy [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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The month of September brought an unexpected but very welcome rally in stock markets, as many equity ETFs enjoyed their best month of the year. September also set a number of records from the product development perspective in the ETF industry; more than two dozen new funds from a handful of different issuers hit the market, and the month’s additions had pulled in aggregate assets of nearly $300 million by month end. The month also saw Claymore rebranded under the Guggenheim name, as well as the departure from the ETF industry of two issuers, Geary and GlobalShares [see more at Claymore Changes Name To Guggenheim Funds]. [click to continue…]

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Barclays Rolls Out New ETN: S&P 500…With A Twist

by on September 1, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

Barclays rolled out the latest addition to its line of ETNs, launching the S&P VEQTOR ETN (VQT). The new exchange-traded note will saddle the line between active and passive; it is linked to the S&P 500 Dynamic VEQTOR Total Return Index, a benchmark that provides broad equity market exposure with an implied volatility hedge by […]

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