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This past year the ETF industry picked up steam, as total assets in exchange-traded products reached $1 trillion for the first time. As ETFs continued their impressive growth, issuers have continued to provide innovative products to the market in order to meet ever-increasing demand. This past year saw the inception of a number of unique funds, such as the Market Vectors China ETF (PEK), which is the first ETF to offer exposure to the China A-Shares market, and the Global X Lithium ETF (LIT), a fund that allows investors to focus in on this important commodity. A number of these new products have garnered a significant level of assets in their short lifespans, demonstrating that the ETF boom is far from over. Currently, there are more than 750 ETFs at some point in the registration process, suggesting that 2011 will be another very busy year on the product development front. [click to continue…]

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