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As the ETF industry continues its rapid expansion, investors now have over 1,400 products to choose from to fit their every investment whim. But perhaps one of the key factors in selecting an appropriate fund is the level of diversification it offers to a portfolio. International and emerging market equity ETFs have certainly proven to be great diversifying agents, as their uncorrelated returns have brought new and lucrative opportunities [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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When it comes to diversifying a portfolio, many investors turn toward emerging market equities for their lucrative potentials. And while BRIC and other popular Asian nations are usually investors’ top picks to achieve this key exposure, investors may benefit from taking a closer look at an often overlooked opportunity: Africa. Though known for its geopolitical instability, many have taken on a rather bullish outlook for this economic region, as growth continues to flourish year after year [see the Africa-Centric ETFdb Portfolio with a  free seven-day trial to ETFdb Pro]. [click to continue…]

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When asked to identify the economies that are posting the most substantial GDP expansion in the current environment, many investors would quickly respond with China, India, and other well known emerging markets. Those two countries are certainly among the leaders in terms of global economic growth; both are expected to expand at clips greater than [...]

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The latest round of new product launches has pushed the total for the ETF total to 1,300, close to twice the number of products trading just a couple of years ago. But if the activity behind the scenes is any indication, the growth spurt is far from over. Multiple issuers continue to stuff the product [...]

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As hundreds of billions of dollars have flowed into exchange-traded products in recent years, international equity ETFs have been a particularly popular destination. As investors have shed their “home country bias” and recognized the importance of meaningful international equity allocations, the low costs and instant diversification offered by the exchange-traded structure have understandably served as [...]

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Van Eck announced this week that it has reduced the expense caps for five of its exchange-traded funds, effective May first. The move represents the latest development in a string of fee reductions by ETF issuers, reflecting both increasing asset bases and economies of scale as well as efforts to lure cost-conscious investors. The ETFs [...]

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ETFs For The “Next 11″ Economies

by on November 23, 2010 | Updated November 6, 2012

Interest in emerging markets has grown tremendously over the past few years, as the developing world has accounted for almost all of global GDP growth while the U.S., Western Europe, and other developed countries struggle to get back on track. Many investors have embraced ETFs as a means of overweighting the emerging markets, favoring the [...]

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As exchange-traded funds have grown in popularity, ETF issuers have gradually ventured into more exotic and unconventional markets in order to differentiate new products from those already on the market. Many firms have set out to offer greater levels of exposure to hard-to-reach developing economies; there are now a number of emerging markets ETFs that [...]

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In the San Francisco Bay area during the 1970′s, a revolution was brewing. The emergence of an area dubbed “Silicon Valley” brought about a surge in technological development that changed the world forever. Two young innovators at the forefront of that revolution were Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the founders of what eventually became Microsoft. [...]

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For investors looking to establish emerging market exposure, the economies of the BRIC nations are generally the default option. As growth has ground to a halt in the world’s developed economies, interest in emerging markets has surged and investors have begun digging deeper to uncover promising growth opportunities in the developing world. For those with [...]

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One of the greatest spectacles in sports kicks off in South Africa over the weekend, with 32 countries gathering to compete in the final stages of the World Cup. Even the economists of the world have taken an interest in the upcoming matches; ABN Amro recently released a note predicting that the world economy would [...]

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When the soccer World Cup kicks off in Johannesburg this weekend, it will mark the beginning of one of the most anticipated sporting events of all time. The month-long tournament will showcase the world’s finest athletes and most passionate fans on a global stage. But also on display over the next four weeks will be [...]

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