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2013 was another year full of record-low interest rates, prompting income investors to turn their attention elsewhere. For the past few years, dividend ETFs have been among the hottest in the investing space, as many individuals and institutions have sought the income stream these products offer. While a strong dividend is nice, receiving it from a security that lost ground during the year may not be enough to overcome the damage that was done. On the flip side, a dividend from a security that saw strong gains is an added bonus for many [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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High-Yield Prospects December 15th Edition

by on December 15, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria. First, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%. [click to continue…]

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Though U.S. equities started the week on a positive note, profit-taking pressures quickly set in following the S&P 500 index logging in its 39th record close for the year. On Monday, investors paid close attention to speeches by Federal Reserve bank presidents James Bullard and Richard Fisher, which indicated that the central bank may be […]

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With 2013 nearly in the books, the ETF industry has wrapped up yet another year of impressive product development and innovation. More than 140 exchange-traded products debuted this year, slightly less than last year’s 165. Investors were also introduced to several new first-to-market products, such as the FTSE Portugal 20 ETF (PGAL), the Nashville Area ETF […]

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ETF industry veteran and renowned author and speaker Christian Magoon is back on the product development front after dedicating several years to his consulting business, Magoon Capital. This time around, Christian Magoon is looking to make an even bigger splash in the ETF universe with the founding of YieldShares LLC, an ETF Sponsor focused on […]

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June was a volatile month on Wall Street, with investors feeling a major change in the investment landscape. Though speculations of Fed tapering dominated the markets, emerging markets equities stole the spotlight after experiencing a massive exodus of funds towards the end of the month. The BRIC markets (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) were among […]

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With a flood of strong economic reports coming in this week, the market saw a much needed uplift in returns. The markets finally seem to be stabilizing after a massive Treasury bond sell off last week and many ETF issuers have taken advantage of the strong market to introduce new funds [For more ETF analysis, […]

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Legg Mason appears ready to make its long anticipated move into the active ETF space. The Baltimore-based asset management firm filed for approval with the SEC that would allow it to introduce actively-managed ETFs to U.S. markets. Filing for exemptive relief is one of the first steps on the road to launching ETFs, and requires […]

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ETF Hall Of Shame: Nine Exchange-Traded Debacles

by on August 13, 2009 | Updated May 20, 2014

Over the past several years, exchange-traded funds have enjoyed a tremendous surge in popularity, passing many major milestones as they were embraced by retail and institutional investors alike. Once comprised solely of “plain vanilla” products tracking well-known equity indexes, the ETF industry has evolved at an incredible pace in recent years, and now offers investors […]

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Actively-Managed ETFs: A Gamechanger?

by on May 5, 2009 | Updated May 14, 2009

Had Jerry Seinfeld pursued a career in finance, I imagine he’d be having a field day around the water cooler with the launch of the Grail American Beacon Large Cap Value ETF (GVT) yesterday:  “What’s the deal with actively managed ETFs…isn’t the whole point of an ETF that is isn’t actively managed?” Since one of […]

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