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Wildcatters Energy ETF Begins Trading

The Jefferies TR-J CRB Wildcatters Exploration & Production ETF (WCAT) began trading on January 20.  The new fund tracks the Thomson Reuters / Jefferies CRB Wildcatters Energy E&P Equity Index which provides a benchmark for the equities of commodity-related companies and, in particular, provides exposure to stocks of oil and gas exploration and production companies based in the US and Canada.

These companies are largely underrepresented in major stock market and energy sector indices. Approximately two-thirds of the proved reserves of the Wildcatters Index are natural gas, an energy source that produces roughly 50 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than coal or oil.

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Schwab Adds Two International ETFs

Schwab has expanded its line-up of exchange traded funds with the introduction of two new international funds.

The Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE) and the Schwab International Small-Cap Equity ETF (SCHC) began trading on January 14, 2010.  Both funds have an expense ratio of 0.35%.

The new ETFs follow the launch of the firm's first six ETFs in 2009.  Schwab-managed ETFs can be bought and sold commission-free online in Schwab accounts.

For more ETF investing choices, see the list of International ETFs.

ETFs for Platinum and Palladium Start Trading

Exchange traded funds that reflect the price performance of platinum and palladium began trading yesterday.

The ETFS Platinum Trust’s (PPLT) and ETFS Palladium Trust (PALL) are both backed by Platinum and Palladium allocated bullion in plate and ingot form stored in secure vaults in London & Switzerland by the Custodian, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A, one of the world's leading Custodians for precious metals.

Both products have an expense ratio of 0.60% per annum.

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Global ETF Assets Reach $1 Trillion

BlackRock's Global ETF Research Team is reporting that global exchange traded funds assets reached an all time high of $1 trillion at the end of 2009, up 45% from 2008.  The MSCI World Index rose 27% in dollar terms over the same period.

BlackRock management believes that the challenging market conditions of 2008 caused a significant shift in investors’ risk appetite in their evaluation of counterparty risk and their desire for liquidity. During 2009 many investors found that ETFs met their desire for greater transparency in relation to the issues of cost, transparency of holdings, transparency of price, liquidity, product structure, risk and return as they relate to investment alternatives.

During the year, fixed income, equity and commodity-based ETFs enjoyed heavy inflows as some investors adjusted their risk profiles.

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iShares Launches End-Date Municipal Bond ETFs

iShares recently launched a series of municipal bond exchange traded funds with planned end dates.

Each of the six new funds within the iShares Muni Series holds a basket of AMT-free, investment grade, noncallable, national municipal bonds that mature in a targeted year. When each fund reaches its planned distribution date, it will distribute substantially all of its net assets to then current investors.

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WisdomTree Lists Currency-Hedged International ETF

WisdomTree has introduced a new twist on international exchange traded funds.

The WisdomTree International Hedged Equity ETF (HEDJ) provides investors with exposure to non-U.S. equity securities in Europe, Far East Asia and Australasia, while at the same time neutralizing currency movements in these regions versus the U.S. dollar.

For more ETF investing choices, see the International ETF directory.

iShares Adds Longer Term Bond ETFs

iShares has added to its line-up of fixed income exchange traded funds with the introduction of the iShares 10+ Year Credit Bond Fund (CLY) and the iShares 10+ Year Government/Credit Bond Fund (GLJ).

iShares has the largest number of fixed income ETFs in the US and added the new funds to complete the curve exposure of the product line.

For more investing choices, see the ETF directory for a complete list of fixed income ETFs.

 

Direxion Launches Leveraged ETFs for Emerging Markets

Direxion Shares has added four exchange traded funds that are leveraged 3x and provide both long and short exposure to China and Latin America.

The Direxion Daily China Bull 3x Shares (CZM) and Direxion Daily China Bear 3x Shares (CZI) seek 300% of the daily performance and 300% of the inverse of the daily performance,  respectively, of the BNY China Select ADR Index.

The Direxion Daily Latin America Bull 3x Shares (LBJ) and Direxion Daily Latin America Bear 3x Shares (LHB) seek 300% of the daily performance and 300% of the inverse of the daily performance,  respectively, of the S&P Latin America 40 Index.

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Poland ETF Expands Frontier Market Investing Choices

The Market Vectors Poland ETF (PLND) began trading this week giving investors another way to gain exposure to the fast growing Frontier Markets.

The Van Eck fund tracks a diversified index consisting of at least 25 companies either headquartered in Poland or deriving at least 50% of their revenues from the country.

 

Top holdings include financial services providers Pko Bank Polski Sa and Bank Pekao Sa, copper and silver miner KGHM Polska Miedz SA and phone company Telekomunikacja Polska Sa.

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Claymore to Close Four ETFs

Claymore Securities announced plans to close and liquidate four lightly followed ETFs that represent less than 0.70% of its total ETF assets.

The affected ETFs include Claymore/ Morningstar Manufacturing Super Sector Index ETF (MZG), Claymore/Morningstar Information Super Sector Index ETF (MZN), Claymore/Morningstar Services Super Sector Index ETF (MZO), and Claymore U.S.-1 – The Capital Markets Index ETF (UEM).

 

The company published several key dates related to the closing and liquidation:

- December 11, 2009 will be the last day of trading on the NYSE Arca.

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