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Swiss Gold ETF Launches

ETF Securities USA recently launched the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (SGOL), an ETF that is intended to provide investors with a return equivalent to movements in the gold spot price less fees.

The Shares represent beneficial interest in the Trust, which in turn holds allocated physical gold bullion bars stored in secure vaults in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Shares are designed for investors who want a cost-effective and convenient way to invest in gold. For many investors, it is expected that the transaction costs for buying and selling the Shares will be lower than purchasing, storing and insuring physical gold.

See the Commodites ETF Directory for more information on investing in commodities with exchange traded funds.

Regulatory Fog Forces ETN to Close

Deutsche Bank announced today that it will close the $425 million PowerShares DB Crude Oil Double Long Exchange Traded Notes (DXO) on September 9.

The move is in response to the limitations imposed by the New York Mercantile Exchange where the bank manages its exposure.

The repurchase value of the Notes will be determined as of the date notice is given which is expected be September 9.

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PIMCO Introduces Short Term TIPS ETF

PIMCO has launched the first short term TIPS ETF.

The PIMCO 1-5 Year U.S. TIPS Index Fund (STPZ) tracks the Merrill Lynch 1-5 Year US Inflation-Linked Treasury Index.

The unmanaged index is comprised of U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities with a remaining term to final maturity less than 5 years and not less than 1 year.

STPZ aims to offer investors a high degree of protection against the immediate effects of inflation on their portfolio. Shorter-dated TIPS have historically shown a significantly higher correlation with current inflation and lower volatility relative to an index that covers the entire TIPS maturity spectrum.

See the ETF Directory for a complete listing of PIMCO ETFs.

Mid-year Report Card: Active Bond Managers Fail

With the exception of one category, more than 75% of active bond managers underperform their benchmarks according to a mid-year scorecard published by Standard & Poors.

The semi-annual report, Standard & Poor's Index Versus Active Fund Scorecard (SPIVA), analyzes quarterly performance data for U.S.

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Barclays Suspends New Shares of Natural Gas ETN

Barclays Bank PLC announced that it has temporarily suspended any further issuances of iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return Exchange Traded Notes (GAZ).  Daily redemptions at the option of the holders of the Notes will not be affected by this suspension.

The press release, filed with the SEC, fails to explain why the bank is taking the unusual step of suspending new note sales, but the move does come on the heels of recent regulatory hearings and a decision by the manager of the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) to stop taking new investment funds.

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Inverse Treasury ETF Begins Trading

ProShares launched an ETF that provides short exposure to long-term treasury bonds.

The ProShares Short 20+ Year Treasury (TBF) is built to produce 100% of the inverse performance of the Barclays Capital 20+ Year U.S. Treasury Index for a single day.  The Index measures the performance of U.S. Treasury bonds with maturities of 20 years or greater

TBF joins a two other ProShares funds that provide leveraged inverse exposure to treasuries including the UltraShort 7-10 Year Treasury (PST) and UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT).

See the ProShares ETF directory for a complete listing.

CFTC Puts New Limits on Two Commodity ETFs

In a move that casts a shadow on the future of US securities markets, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) withdrew permission for Deutsche Bank to exceed established limits on positions in Soybean, Corn and Wheat contracts.

The action affects two ETFs run by Deutsche Bank's DB Commodity Services - PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC) and PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (DBA).    DBC invests in futures contract on six of the most heavily-traded and important physical commodities in the world - crude oil, heating oil, gold, aluminum, corn and wheat.  DBA provides ETF investors with exposure to the performance of the agricultural sector by investing in futures contracts on some of the most liquid and widely traded agricultural commodities – corn, wheat, soy beans and sugar.

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FINRA and SEC Warn on Leveraged and Inverse ETFs

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have issued an Investor Alert called Leveraged and Inverse ETFs: Specialized Products with Extra Risks for Buy-and-Hold Investors warning retail investors of the risks associated with investing in these highly complex financial products.

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ETF Assets Leap $47 billion in July

ETF assets grew $47.4 billion or 8% in July according to State Street Global Advisors.

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Van Eck Launches First Vietnam ETF

Van Eck Global launched the Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (VNM), the first ETF focused on Vietnam available to U.S. investors.

VNM seeks to give investors convenient exposure to Vietnam, one of the world’s most populous nations. Many believe the country’s greatest strength lies in its educated and young population, which underpins local economic growth prospects.

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