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ProShares and KBW Launch Regional Banking ETFs

ProShares and KBW have brought two new ETFs to market that provide leveraged and inverse exposure to regional bank equities.

The Ultra KBW Regional Banking (KRU) and Short KBW Regional Banking (KRS) funds seek to provide 200% and -100% respectively of the return of the KBW Regional Banking Index for a single day net of fees and expenses.  The KBW Regional Banking Index is the most widely used benchmark for U.S. regional banking stocks.

The expense ratio for the new ETFs is 0.95%.

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Index IQ Adds South Korea Small-Cap ETF

IndexIQ has brought another international small cap ETF to market.

The IQ South Korea Small Cap ETF (SKOR) track indices intended to give investors a means of passively tracking the overall performance of the small-capitalization sector of publicly traded companies domiciled and primarily listed on an exchange in South Korea.

The expense ratio for the ETF is 0.79%.

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Celebrating a 10th Birthday, iShares Reaches $500 Billion

BlackRock's Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) platform, iShares, reached global Assets under Management (AUM) of $509 billion as of March 31, 2010.

iShares ETFs account for nearly half of the industry's total assets under management with 201 ETFs and $409 billion in the US and 172 ETFs and $100 billion in Europe.

Founded in 2000, iShares is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year.

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Schwab ETFs Surpass $1 Billion

After launching just five months ago, Schwab ETFs have already surpassed $1 billion in assets.

Introduced in November 2009, the Schwab exchange traded funds have enjoyed rapid adoption due to low operating expense ratios and commission-free online trading in Schwab accounts.

The first four Schwab ETFs were launched November 3, 2009 including the Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF (SCHB), the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX), the Schwab U.S. Small-Cap ETF (SCHA) and the Schwab International Equity ETF (SCHF).

Follow-on Schwab offerings include the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap Growth ETF (SCHG) and the Schwab U.S.

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ProShares Announces Reverse Share Split for 9 Funds

ProShares announced that it will execute reverse share splits on nine ProShares ETFs. The reverse splits will be effective for shareholders of record after the close of the markets on April 14, 2010. Seven of the funds will execute a 1-for-5 reverse split of shares, and two will execute a 1-for-10 reverse split of shares. The funds will trade at their post-split prices on April 15.

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Leveraged Biotech ETFs Start Trading

ProShares has introduced two new leveraged exchange traded funds tied to the leading index of biotechnology stocks.

The Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology (BIB) and UltraShort Nasdaq Biotechnology (BIS) seek to provide 200% or -200% of the return of the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index for a single day and carry an expense ratio of 0.95%.

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Invesco PowerShares Lists Small-Cap Sector ETFs

Invesco PowerShares announced the industry's first suite of ETFs offering sector-specific beta exposure to U.S.

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Van Eck Launches Latin America Small-Cap ETF

Van Eck Global has launched Market Vectors Latin America Small-Cap Index ETF (LATM), the first U.S.-listed ETF designed to give investors exposure to small-cap stocks in Latin America.  The Fund’s net expense ratio is 0.63% percent.

Latin America’s gross domestic product (GDP) has grown at an average of 4.6 percent annually since 2005 and is expected to continue expanding at a rate in excess of that of the G-71 industrialized nations, according to the International Monetary Fund.

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