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iShares Adds Family of Large-Cap ETFs

iShares has added a new family of large-cap ETFs to its exchange traded fund lineup.

The new ETFs are based on the Russell 200 Index which includes approximately 200 of the largest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership comprising approximately 65% of the U.S.

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New VRDO Municipal Bond ETF Begins Trading

State Street Global Advisors has launched the SPDR S&P VRDO Municipal bond ETF (VRD).

The new ETF is designed to provide investors with access to municipal variable rate demand obligations (VRDOs), an asset class offering attractive yields and stable income that is exempt from federal taxes and often state and local income taxes as well.

VRD tracks the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal VRDO Index. The index includes VRDOs issued by U.S. states, local governments, or agencies and provides exposure to more than 377 issues.

The expense ratio for the new ETF is 0.20% and the average yield to maturity for the index is 0.55%.

For more ETF investing choices, see the tax-exempt ETF directory.


State Street Launches Preferred Stock ETF

The SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock ETF (PSK) was launched by State Street Global Advisors yesterday.

The new ETF tracks the performance of the Wells Fargo® Hybrid and Preferred Securities Aggregate Index.

The index includes non-convertible preferred securities listed on the NYSE or NYSE Arca that have a par amount of $25; are rated investment grade by Moody's Investors Service, Inc.

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Financial ETF Joins Emerging Markets Line-up

Emerging Global Advisors has added the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Financial Titans Index Fund (EFN) to its ETF line-up.

The new ETF tracks the performance of the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Financial Titans 30 Index, which includes 30 of the largest emerging markets financial companies in banking, life insurance and non-life insurance, real estate investment and services, and financial services and includes companies from 10 different countries.

The top five countries represented in the ETF are China, Brazil, India, South Africa and Malaysia.

For more ETF investing choices, see Investing in Emerging Markets with ETFs<

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AdvisorShares Introduces Actively Managed ETF

AdvisorShares has launched an actively managed ETF that uses demographic analysis to anticipate global trends.

The Dent Tactical ETF (DENT) is sub-advised by economic research and forecasting company HS Dent Investment Management, LLC, which uses their proprietary demographic research to select the strongest performing market sectors, providing a potentially long-term core investing solution with diversification and transparency.

The investment objective of DENT is to seek long-term growth of capital by identifying, through proprietary economic and demographic analysis, the overall trend of the U.S. and global economies.

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ETF Assets Climb $21 billion in August

ETF assets grew $20.8 billion or 3% in August according to State Street Global Advisors. ETF assets now total $661 billion across 755 ETFs.

Market Cap ETFs saw the biggest growth in August, increasing $9.6 billion or 6.0%. Large Cap ETFs were the biggest driver of growth, up $7.4 billion or 6%.

Sector ETFs also grew in August, up $5.0 billion or 8.4%. Inverse and Leveraged ETFs declined again in August, falling by $2.1 billion or 6.8%.

According to the ETF Directory, the biggest Large Cap ETF is the $76 billion SPDR S&P 500 (SPY).  Top holdings include Exxon, Microsoft, and JPMorgan Chase.

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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