Nathan Slaughter’s April ETF Informer

In last month’s ETF Authority newsletter, I shared the news with readers that more than 60 new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) launched during the past three months. That means issuers are pumping out nearly one new fund every trading day.

As you can see from the table below, a number of intriguing new options continue to hit the market.

On the whole, the ETF industry continues to thrive. According to Morningstar, industry assets stood at $747 billion at the end of January — a healthy +49.2% increase over the same period last year.

As always, be sure to do your homework before considering any new ETF. That’s particularly true for highly volatile leveraged funds, like the Direxion Daily 2-Year Treasury Bull 3X Shares ETF (Nasdaq: TWOL). As I’ve warned readers before, these funds can be volatile and don’t always deliver the results you might expect. That being said, ETF investors have more tools at their fingertips now than ever before.

Many promising developments are waiting in the pipeline: Legg Mason is seeking SEC approval for actively-managed funds, while Wisdom Tree is working on a fund designed to capture the upside potential of commodity-based currencies like the Australian dollar and the South African rand.

I’ll be following these developments in the weeks and months ahead along with other ETF-related news. (Of course, to be fair, I’ll share the news with my ETF Authority subscribers first.)

Now is an exciting time to be an ETF investor. If you’re new to these extraordinary investment vehicles, I invite you to learn more by clicking here. You’ll receive my free ETF course, which covers the basics and gives all the necessary tools to get started.

P.S. — In a recent ETF Authority issue, I shared my thoughts on the newest member of the Market Vectors ETF lineup, the first ever exchange-traded fund focusing on Egypt. To read my analysis, and get access to all three of my portfolios (almost all of the picks are ‘in the black’), simply go here.