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ETF Awards: Best, Worst and What to Watch in 2014

By Eric Balchunas - 2013-12-19T16:50:25Z

Photograph by Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

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Most Innovative ETF

db-X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares Fund (ASHR)

One of the most valuable traits of ETFs is the way they let individual investors into areas that were previously hard to access. Nothing has been harder to get into in the past than China A-shares, which trade on China’s mainland and were available only to Chinese citizens and a few qualified foreign institutions. ASHR, a China A-share ETF launched Nov. 6, has expanded its assets to $190 million in its first month. (An existing China A-share ETF, Market Vectors China ETF, or PEK, uses derivatives to get exposure to China A-shares.) 

Honorable mention goes to the ProShares Investment Grade-Interest Rate Hedged ETF (IGHG), which invests in a portfolio of corporate bonds and then shorts Treasuries to eliminate interest rate risk, the scariest demon in the investing world right now.