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Amid the calm trading environment, several issuers beefed up their product lineups last week, including the launch of the first ever city-based fund; the Nashville Area ETF offers a truly unique strategy that takes the theme of “targeted exposure” to the next level. VelocityShares also rolled out an intriguing Risk-Weighted ETF that offers a new take on the increasingly popular low volatility strategy. First Trust also snuck in a launch last week when it rolled out the Managed Futures Strategy Fund (FMF) on Friday [see The Cheapest ETF For Every Investment Objective]. [click to continue…]

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The proliferation of exchange-traded products has essentially democratized the investment  landscape, opening up previously hard-to-reach corners of the market to average investors. While passive, index-tracking ETFs still remain most investors’ top picks, funds with unique methodologies have become more and more popular as investors search for uncorrelated returns. Hedge-fund-like strategies, which once were reserved for only the wealthy, are now available to investors through a single equity ticker [see Cheapskate Hedge Fund ETFdb Portfolio].  [click to continue…]

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While it was once just full of index tracking funds, the exchange-traded fund universe has continued to grow and evolve over the years. Today, investors not only have access to cheap stock and bond funds, but also to various strategies once reserved for the uber-wealthy or institutional-sized accounts. From covered calls to long-short strategies, regular […]

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Ultimate Guide To IndexIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI)

by on October 22, 2012 | Updated October 23, 2012

Even though the definition of “hedge fund” has changed over time, morphing from largely market-neutral strategies to a much wider variety of leveraged strategies, most retail investors still can’t get into these lucrative funds. As such, the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI) is an intriguing offering, as it seeks to replicate the performance of […]

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AdvisorShares, one of the largest issuers of active ETFs, made another addition to its lineup this week with the debut of a fund that will seek to capture results of long/short hedge fund managers. The new QAM Equity Hedge ETF (QEH) will employ an active long/short strategy that will seek to outperform about half of […]

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Stocks have been charging higher all week, bolstered by reassuring commentary from Chairman Bernanke during his most recent testimony to Congress along with several better-than-expected housing market economic data releases on the homefront. Nonetheless, choppy trading remains a dominant theme across equity markets as investors continue to cope with looming threats from Europe and a […]

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Equity indexes crept lower throughout the week as investors were unhappy to digest a number of worse-than-expected economic data releases. Slight drop-offs in consumer confidence and durable goods orders were enough to spark a wave of profit taking on Wall Street. Global X filed with the SEC to bring to market a basket of hedge […]

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The year-end periods provides the ETF industry with a couple of opportunities to flex its collective muscle; performance comparisons generally tend to favor those products with lower expense ratios–a defining feature of exchange-traded funds. But early January also puts another benefit of exchange-traded products into focus: enhanced tax efficiency relative to traditional mutual funds. The […]

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Top 10 Noteworthy ETF Trends Of 2011

by on December 26, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

The curtain is about to drop on 2011, a year that will go down as a record-breaking period for the rapidly-expanding ETF industry. More than 300 exchange-traded products began trading this year, with dozens of issuers rolling out new products. While some of the new additions bear a striking resemblance to more established products on […]

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Growth and evolution have been recurring themes in the exchange-traded universe in 2011, as investors are now faced with a diverse product lineup of  over 1,400 ETPs. More than 300 of those are new additions in 2011, a year that broke the previous record for extent of product development. And while many of the new […]

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2011: A Year Of ETF Firsts

by on December 6, 2011

2011 has been arguably one the busiest ever for the ETF industry, as we are on pace to break through 300 new launches for the year. As we rapidly approach 1,400 total funds in the space, it can be a daunting task to try and keep up with the tidal wave of new products that […]

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The ETF industry’s strong growth in recent years has led to innovation across the board. Now, investors can find products that offer exposure to nearly every corner of global markets through a single ticker. And while many of these new options have been welcomed with open arms, investors have been wary of others. One space […]

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