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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 in popularity as the cost-efficient nature of the ETF wrapper has allowed investors to tap into traditionally complex and costly strategies [see Cheapskate Hedge Fund ETFdb Portfolio]. 

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France Downgrade Erodes Confidence

by on January 14, 2012

Equities inched higher throughout the week, bolstered by positive economic data release on the home front coupled with encouraging developments in the debt burdened Euro zone. Euphoria spread throughout Wall Street as investors digested better-than-expected consumer credit data along with optimistic forward looking commentary released by the Fed in the latest Beige Book report. Investors overseas were cheerful as well as borrowing costs dropped after successful Spanish and Italian debt auctions. However, much of the gains on the week evaporated on Friday as investors gave into selling pressures following the downgrade of France’s credit rating and worse-than-expected earnings results from J.P. Morgan.

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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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