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With many investors shedding their home country bias, opportunities in all market conditions have become the main staple for a diversified portfolio, and finding the next up and coming economy can lead to huge payoffs. The Middle East and Africa have been particularly overlooked, as these regions of the world have largely been inaccessible to mainstream investors in the last decade. Luckily, the growth of the ETF universe has spawned several options for those looking to gain exposure to the thriving economies of the Middle East and Africa, which boast a growing presence on the global economic stage [see Free ETF Country Exposure Tool].

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Following the early release of the Fed Minutes this week, Wall Street has enjoyed a strong upward trend, encouraging ETF issuers to fill the pipeline with new funds. In total, five different firms approached the SEC with proposals for 10 new ETFs to enter the market as early as this fall [see ETF Database Launch Center]. [click to continue…]

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Emerging markets exposure has become a staple in countless portfolios over the past few years as the proliferation of ETFs has democratized previously difficult-to-reach segments of the global market. While many have shed their home country bias, diversifying your portfolio geographically remains a hurdle for investors who remain hesitant to dip their toes overseas. On the other […]

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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 […]

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Through the evolution of the global economy and ETF marketspace, investors now have access to funds and companies that they may have never even known about only five years ago. Perhaps one of the largest leaps for international investors is the opening up of frontier and emerging markets, a high risk and reward strategy many […]

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As has been the trend since President Obama’s re-election, bearish momentum continued to dominate Wall Street, sending U.S. equities tumbling once again today. Late last night, Obama reinforced his solution for the U.S.’s deficit reduction, taking a tough stance and drawing an aggressive line on his policies, which include $1.6 trillion in new tax revenues. While some […]

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With snow now blanketing a big part of the country and 2012 just a few weeks away, looking back at the past year becomes a popular activity. For many portfolios, 2011 has been marked by big swings that seem to be leaving investors right about where they started; there has been plenty of activity over […]

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The last few weeks have been incredibly volatile in U.S. markets. Though major indexes have been trending upwards for the majority of 2011, last week saw a major blip in performance as commodities, namely oil and silver, took a nose dive bringing down equities across the board. The major sell off was due to an […]

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Investors have become familiar with the term “contagion” in recent years, but most are accustomed to hearing the phenomenon discussed in relation to sovereign debt defaults in Europe or across U.S. municipalities. But in recent days the Middle East has seen a wave of revolutionary protests and rallies spread across the region, as what began […]

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Northern Trust, the one-time issuer that began making plans for a second run at the ETF industry last year, has joined the crowd of major financial institutions seeking approval to launch actively-managed ETFs. In a recent SEC filing, Northern Trust requested permission “to create and operate an actively-managed series of the Trust…that offers exchange-traded shares.” […]

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Last week saw the end of a year that was relatively kind to investor portfolios, as most major asset classes managed to post strong results in 2010. As the calendars flip to 2011, the outlook remains uncertain; lingering obstacles in the form of high unemployment and bloated debt loads certainly pose problems, but rapidly-expanding emerging […]

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Many of the world’s developed markets have struggled to return to solid levels of growth and have been weighed down by large budget deficits and high levels of unemployment. Due to this, many stock markets remain well below their 2008 lows, even when factoring in the large run-up in share prices over the past two […]

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