NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The history of the ETF industry includes some very off the wall fund concepts including one from the early days with the Guggenheim Spin-Off ETF (CSD) which began trading in late 2006 as the Claymore/Beacon Spin Off ETF. It was so off the wall I didn't even bother writing about it when it first came out.The fund will celebrate its seventh anniversary in December and its long term performance has been stellar. It has only lagged behind the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) for one calendar year in 2008 since its inception. Similarly it only lagged the SPDR S&P Mid Cap 400 ETF (MDY) in that same year. CSD is more of a mid-cap fund so the comparison to MDY is more appropriate.
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