ETF Report

 First Trust launches Ex- Tech and Clean Edge ETFs

First Trust added two to its ever-expanding cadre: the Nasdaq-100 Ex-Tech (QQXT) and Nasdaq Clean Edge US Liquid Series (QCLN) ETFs. With 12 ETFs ranging from dividends to tech currently in its stable, First Trust plans on listing another 20 to 25 this year alone. The advisory, which manages some $28 billion in assets of for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations, has big ambitions for its fledgling ETF business, which, at the end of January, held just $613 million of the $422 billion invested in US ETFs.

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Non-Tech, Clean-Tech

First Trust expands its ETF line-up, leveraging the Nasdaq's growing indexing efforts.

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ETF Watch: January 27 - February 2

ProShares goes sector crazy, while iShares slices and dices the real estate market.

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From Russia, With Love

Van Eck files for two new ETFs, including the first indexed Russia fund.

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SPDRs Spread Their Web

SSgA has filed for the right to launch 16 new international ETFs, in one of the most important ETF filings in recent history. The new funds will give SSgA a complete lineup of global and regional ETFs, and will position the company to capitalize on the growing interest in international investing. The filings will put significant pressure on BGI, which has had, until this year, a near monopoly on international ETFs.

The funds are shown in the shaded box below.

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 Second SRI ETF trades

Interest in socially responsible investing must be increasing because Barclays Global Investors launched its second SRI ETF mid-November. The iShares KLD 400 Social Index (AMEX: DSI) tracks the Domini 400 Social Index (DS 400), which was launched in 1990 and was the first index of its kind in the US.

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 Playing with steel

A cyclical industry on the rebound captured in an ETF

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 Private equity goes public

Seeking to tap into what had been considered the private but is now very public world of private equity? It may appear to be an oxymoron, but an ETF holding 34 US publicly-listed companies with direct investments in more than 1,000 up and coming private businesses is now available. Although the ETF attracted a lot of media attention at its launch, it has not, at least so far, attracted lots of assets.