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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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Vanguard Adds Comprehensive Set of Bond ETFs

Vanguard has launched seven bond ETFs that provide investors exposure to several segments of the government, corporate and MBS fixed income markets.

The new ETFs carry a net expense ratio of 0.15% and, as is the typical Vanguard approach, are special share classes of funds that are also open to instiutional and/or mutual fund investors.

The new ETFs include:

Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (VGSH)

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Government Bond ETF (VGIT)

Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond ETF (VGLT)

Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH)

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Van Eck Adds Small-Mid Cap Gold Miners ETF

Van Eck has added another gold miners ETF to its line-up with the introduction of the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ).

The new ETF tracks an index that provides exposure to a global universe of publicly traded small- and medium-capitalization companies that generate at least 50% of their revenues from gold and/or silver mining or hold real property that has the potential to produce at least 50% of the company’s revenue from gold or silver mining when developed, or primarily invest in gold or silver.

Top holdings include Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp., Hecla Mining, Silver Standard Resources and Gammon Gold.  The expense ratio is 0.60%.

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New India ETF from iShares Starts Trading

iShares has launched the S&P India Nifty 50 Index Fund (INDY)

The new fund tracks a rupee-denominated index designed to measure the performance of the 50 largest and most liquid companies in the Indian equity market that are available to international investors.

Top holdings include Reliance Holdings, Infosys Technologies, ICICI Bank and Larsen & Toubro Ltd. The net expense ratio is 0.89%.

For more ETF investing choices, see the country ETF directory or the special report Investing in India with Exchange Traded Funds.

Invesco PowerShares Lists Build America Bond ETF

A taxable municipal bond ETF focused on "Build America" bonds started trading this week.

The PowerShares Build America Bond Portfolio (BAB)  tracks an index designed to track the performance of U.S. dollar-denominated investment grade taxable municipal debt publicly issued under the Build America Bond program in the U.S. domestic market.

 

Top holdings include Florida State International 6.5% 7/01/29, California State Public Works Board 8.361% 10/01/2034 and JEA Florida Electric Systems 6.406% 10/01/2034.

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Merger Arb ETF Starts Trading

Index IQ has launched the first merger arbitrage ETF.

The IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage ETF (MNA) tracks an actively managed index that invests in global companies that are the target of a merger or takeover. The fund's strategy is to take advantage of the price differential, where it exists, between the current trading price of a stock and the price of that stock at the time the deal is completed - a strategy generally known as “merger arbitrage.”

IndexIQ points out that Merger Arbitrage funds typically have the potential to benefit from buying target companies below the target price.

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International ETFs are New Favorite

International ETFs have surpassed ETFs based on company size as the favorite vehicle for exchange traded fund investors.

State Street's October Snapshot report points out that International ETF assets now total $165.6 billion, slightly higher than Size ETFs with $161.2 billion of assets.

Overall, ETF assets fell $5.3 billion or 0.8% in October.

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