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Although the economy remains weak in the U.S., it is arguably better here than in many other spots around the world. Inflationary concerns and extreme levels of volatility are rocking emerging markets while many developed markets are facing debt crises on a seemingly daily basis. Yet, investors still remain skeptical of the American stock market as a whole, preferring to keep their assets in low risk options instead. Unsurprisingly, this fear of risk has led many into large cap equities as a haven from the storm, leaving many investors to forget about smaller, and often times more volatile, market cap levels. While this may be fine in a high risk environment, investors could miss out on some of the biggest gains should the economy stabilize and push broad markets higher. [click to continue…]

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As the summer winds down, apparently so too does the impressive pace of expansion in the ETF space. Although August launches were a big dropoff from the previous month, the industry still saw the introduction of more than a dozen new exchange-traded products. Whereas many of the products rolled out in previous months have been “first-to-market” concepts, the new ETFs that began trading in August will compete more closely with existing funds [see A Look Back At July's ETF Additions]. August has debuted products which are variations of a pre-existing fund. The new funds range from fixed-income to emerging market local debt to the first Indian Infrastructure ETF [see India ETFs: Five Ways To Play].

Not surprisingly, the ETF pipeline continued to fill with some interesting ideas, some of which could hit the market in the fourth quarter of the year. August also saw a handful of funds shut down; in total, seven ETFs from Claymore and Grail went the way of the dodo. [click to continue…]

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Claymore announced last week the introduction of a new ETF providing exposure to the smallest of the small cap domestic equities. The Wilshire Micro Cap ETF (WMCR) will seek to replicate the Wilshire US Micro-Cap Index, a benchmark consisting of approximately 1,600 micro cap stocks. The weighted average market capitalization of the underlying index is […]

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