2006 was record breaking year for exchange traded funds (ETFs) and there are more promising numbers for this year. A record 156 ETFs launched in 2006, with assets up 38% to $417 billion. January of this year showed a rise of $5 billion alone and 28 new ETFs launched in the month. As of now, 300 new ETFs are waiting in the pipeline for the SEC’s approval. Due to the oncoming flood of new ETFs there are a few facts Richard Moroney of Forbes wants you to consider:

  • The little-known designer index isn’t necessarily a bad investment, they are niche investments and shouldn’t be viewed as core holdings;
  • Back-tested histories must be scanned with a skeptical eye, as some cover a relatively short time span and are no indication for the future;
  • More specialized ETFs could mean higher expense ratios;
  • Taxes- the verdict is not out yet. Most of the older ETFs are tax-efficient but the funds built around newer indexes may get you on the capital gains.

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