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12 Cheap ETFs Every Trader Must Know

by on March 20, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

The popularity of ETFs–for their transparency, diversity across asset classes and low fees–have created a lot of competition between ETF providers to attract volume. One way ETFs attract volume is through a low expense ratio (ER). The ER is the fee charged to manage your funds on a yearly basis, expressed as a percentage. While the ER is not the only factor to consider when investing in ETFs, a lower ER means you keep more of the generated profits, and pay less when you realize a loss [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

Below is a list of the cheapest ETFs in the short/inverse, leveraged and major asset categories; please note this includes only ETFs in the top 100 by trading volume, and as such, is intended for active investors who are looking to keep their trading costs to a minimum:

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Time To Buy VIX ETNs?

by on April 9, 2012 | Updated April 11, 2012

After the best opening quarter in 14 years, skepticism is beginning to grow on Wall Street. Many investors fear that we will be unable to maintain the growth that equity markets have enjoyed, as a number of factors combine to give a cautious outlook. For starters, the Fed’s commentary that the economy needs to grow more to support the current unemployment levels is worrisome along with little mention of QE3. While many argue over the need for another round of quantitative easing, it is clear that markets are pulling for the Fed to ride to the rescue and bolster bullish momentum [see also How The VIX ETN Lost 50% In 48 Hours]. [click to continue…]

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Volatility ETPs: Where Are The Critics Now?

by on October 3, 2011 | Updated February 28, 2013

This article was written by Paul Weisbruch, the VP of ETF/Options Sales and Trading at Street One Financial. An interesting dynamic shift has occurred in the VIX (CBOE Volatility Index) since the early August equity market meltdown, where the VIX futures curve itself moved from a prolonged period of contango to backwardation. For years, Volatility/VIX […]

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Inside The 8x Leveraged ETN

by on July 12, 2011 | Updated December 8, 2014

Innovation has been on display in the ETF industry in recent years, as various issuers have been active on the product development front in their efforts to bring new and exciting products to market. One area that has seen tremendous growth is the leveraged ETF space; investors have embraced the exchange-traded structure as an efficient […]

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Inverse VIX ETNs: Reviewing All The Options

by on June 23, 2011 | Updated December 8, 2014

As the lineup of ETFs approaches the 1,450 mark, a growing pool of issuers continue to deliver innovative new products that tap into strategies and asset classes that have never before been accessible through the exchange-traded structure. One relatively new area that has attracted billions of dollars in new assets in recent years is the […]


iPath Adds Another Volatility ETN (IVO)

by on January 20, 2011 | Updated January 25, 2011

iPath has launched another exchange-traded note offering inverse exposure to an index comprised of VIX-related futures contracts, rolling out the January 2021 Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (IVO). The new product is substantially similar to the Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (XXV) that launched in July of last year; both ETNs […]

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Reviewing All The VIX ETF Options

by on December 10, 2010 | Updated October 26, 2012

The impressive ETF boom that has unfolded over the last several years has been the result of a number of attractive features of the exchange-traded structure relative to traditional mutual funds. In addition to considerably lower expenses, intraday liquidity and enticing tax breaks have fueled interest in ETPs, which now number nearly 1,500 in the […]

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UBS became the latest issuer to introduce a product linked to a VIX-related index on Wednesday, launching the E-TRACS Daily Long-Short VIX ETN (XVIX). The new exchange-traded note, which is linked to the S&P 500 VIX Futures Term-Structure Index Excess Return, is the first U.S.-listed ETP to offer investors exposure to a strategy that includes […]

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VelocityShares, a newcomer to the ETF industry, is planning to jump into the world of volatility exchange-traded notes, recently detailing six new ETNs designed primarily for short-term sophisticated investors. The notes, which will be issued by Credit Suisse, will include 1x, -1x, and 2x versions linked to both the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index […]

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Less than a week into November, the month is shaping up to be one of the most active in recent memory for the ETF industry. Vanguard (international real estate ETF), UBS (another MLP ETN), PIMCO (laddered Treasury fund), and Global X (Gold Explorers) have already launched new ETFs, and several more issuers are expected to […]

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New ETFs Grow Up Fast

by on August 20, 2010

Kids today have it rough–at least in the ETF industry. Once upon a time, issuers looking to bring new funds to market had no problem rounding up interested investors; significant demand for new products was a virtual certainty as ETFs made their initial burst on to the scene and all asset values seemed to go […]

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July saw a flurry of activity in the ETF industry, with almost a new fund for every trading day during the month. The surge in new products continues to be driven by innovation rather than duplication; many of the ETFs to hit the market last month were the first of their kind, including unique international […]

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