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June was another interesting month for markets around the world as a number of important events transpired over the past few weeks. The Federal Reserve meeting came and went without much of a hitch as Bernanke called for the end of QE at the end of the month but suggested that the economy was still too weak to consider raising rates any time soon. While this was undoubtedly an important event, investors focused in on the euro zone and the ongoing debt crisis rocking many of the peripheral members. The focus was especially on Greece, as Athens debated on the merits of another round of austerity measures before voting them in by a slim five vote margin in the final days of June. This helped to ease investor concerns heading into the second half of the year, allowing the S&P 500 to gain back much of the losses that it experienced in the first half of the month, but nevertheless finished down just under 2.2% for the period.

The month also kept up the impressive pace that we have seen for new fund launches; more than 40 new ETFs have been launched since the start of June. This exceeds May’s 39 launches and ties April’s total, meaning that over 120 new products have hit the market in the past 90 days. [click to continue…]

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Emerging Global, the New York City-based ETF issuer best known for its funds that target consumers and infrastructure in developing nations, rolled out the latest addition to its product lineup Thursday with the debut of nine GEMS (Global Emerging Markets Sectors) funds. The lineup offers investors the chance to buy some of the largest companies in the world that are based in emerging markets in each of the ten market sectors, as well as a composite fund that represents all of the individual market segments. In total, the lineup consists of 11 ETFs; three are rebranded products and eight are brand new ETFs, nearly doubling the total number of funds that the company is offering.  [click to continue…]

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Economic growth in the U.S. in recent years has been virtually non-existent, prompting more and more investors to turn to emerging markets, whose economies–as well as overall populations–are growing at an exponential rate. With the majority of growth occurring overseas, ETF issuers were soon to follow, now offering a wealth of funds to track these […]

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Before it attracted intense scrutiny from the international community for its ongoing blockade of Gaza, Israel had made headlines last month for a relatively rare economic achievement. The country was recently upgraded from an emerging market to a developed market by index provider MSCI Barra, meaning that Israeli equities were cast out of the MSCI […]

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Traditionally, investments in emerging markets such as India and China have been viewed as riskier than investments in developed economies. Part of this perceived additional risk is related to less developed financial markets and regulatory oversight; the lack of standardized reporting and robust audit requirements and restrictions on repatriation of assets creates the potential for […]

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With the end of the first quarter coming to a close, many equity markets continued their slow but steady climb higher last week, with some even touching new 18 month highs. The week ahead will bring a slew of data releases and earnings reports that should test the strength of the current rally. Below, we […]

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For much of 2010, investors around the world have scoured any release of data or news from the Chinese government in an attempts to glean information on Beijing’s plans for implementing monetary tightening. China is expected to account for a significant portion of global GDP growth in 2010, and has become an important trade partner […]

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After a strong start to last week and a relatively uneventful Fed meeting, markets finished on a slide as investors began to worry that a recent rally was a bit overdone. As central bank meetings around the developing and emerging world continue, there is no shortage of data releases and earnings reports to create another […]

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The financial sector was one of the hardest areas of the economy in 2008 and early 2009, as years of excessive risk taking finally resulted in a meltdown that spurred several unprecedented emergency measures and set off one of the worst recessions in a generation. Since bottoming out last March, however, financials have surged higher, […]

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Emerging markets ETFs represent the crossroads of two of the hottest investment trends of recent years. As the U.S., Japan, and developed European economies struggled to pull out of recessions and avoid a double dip, the world’s emerging economies raced ahead, led by the BRIC bloc of nations. According to the International Monetary Fund, the […]

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Last year saw more than 100 new product launches, ranging from plain vanilla equity and bond funds to ETFs offering exposure to exotic new investment strategies and asset classes previously available only to a limited slice of the investing community. The innovation that has made ETFs a popular alternative to mutual funds seems ready to […]

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Ten ETF Ideas For 2010

by on December 29, 2009

Many investors will be sorry to see 2009 end. Following one of the most disruptive years in recent memory in 2008, almost every asset class participated in a stellar recovery this year. At the depth of the recession, fear trumped reason, and irrational anxieties pushed many assets, including ETFs, well below their intrinsic value. Much […]

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