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Three 'Quirky' Investments Beating the Market

Three exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are beating the market big, said Elizabeth Ody, associate editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. She offered details to CNBC.

Claymore Spinoff — This ETF looks to buy former subsidiaries that have recently been spun off from their parent companies, Ody said.

"These companies can be sort of 'ugly duckling' companies, so hold onto them as management often goes through cost-cutting," she said.

Claymore Sabrient Insider ETF — It has more liquidity than Claymore Spinoff because it received four stars from Morningstar, Ody said.

This fund looks to buy companies where insiders have been purchasing shares and analysts have been upping their earnings estimates.

"Insiders often have a lot of reasons for selling their own stock, but only one reason for buying it," she said.

Powershares Buyback Achievers — It involves companies that have repurchased 5 percent of their outstanding shares over the past 12 months.

"It basically just ends up with a very nice, high-quality blue chip portfolio, which is why it outperformed during the bear market but also has [outperformed] during the bull market," she said.

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