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When it comes to foreign equity exposure, many investors tend to dismiss, or simply aren’t aware of, the impact that foreign currency exchange fluctuations can have on their investments’ bottom-line returns. The fact of the matter is that in many cases a country’s currency can be a direct driver of stock market returns, while other times the relationship between the two can be unexpectedly uncorrelated if not altogether inversely-related [see Foreign Currency Risk 101: What Investors Need To Know]. [click to continue…]

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2013 was largely dominated by a relentless bull market that saw the S&P 500 notch a gain of more than 30%, its best year in over a decade. But while many were focused on the gains of broad benchmarks, a number of funds and securities were having quite an interesting year – some good, some bad. Below, we take a look back at the 13 of the most interesting and unpredictable ETF charts from 2013 with some astonishing results that investors may have missed throughout the year [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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The story of 2013 has been one of soaring equity benchmarks smashing historical highs and raising the bar on a weekly basis. Investors have been cheering on developed equities all along the way, but the emerging market space has struggled to stay afloat. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF has gained over 25% this year while [...]

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There is no denying that Wall Street has certainly come a long way since the unprecedented financial crisis of 2008; both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 continue to push into uncharted territory as bullish momentum finally returns to the markets. Equities, in particular, have surged in the last year with investors being [...]

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For the last decade, Brazil has been an emerging super power, building in infrastructure and opportunities for nearly 40 million impoverished citizens to work their way into the middle class. But a shift is working its way through the economy; rising inflation, debt, and a weakening currency have stripped many in the middle class of that title. [...]

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When it comes to emerging market exposure, no region is more popular than BRIC, as this corner of the market is home to the largest and some of the fastest growing economies in the world. But while Brazil, Russia, India, and China have flourished over the years, investors have recently witnessed a somewhat troubling slowdown in these once booming [...]

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Interest in emerging market equities has grown rapidly over the years, as investors flock to this lucrative corner of the global market. In addition to providing diversification benefits, emerging market exposure also has the potential to produce uncorrelated returns for those willing to take on the higher level of risk. And while there are numerous [...]

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As the U.S. market slowly walks the road to recovery, many investors who avoided the short-term effects of the recession are now left looking for a long-term solution for slow American economic growth. There are a number of popular investing options in the Latin America Equities ETFdb Category, but three funds best illustrate the difference between country specific [...]

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International investing has earned its place in portfolio construction, as both academic studies and real-world experience have supported the idea that investing outside the United States can improve returns and actually reduce risk and volatility. Investors have a wealth of choices when it comes to using ETFs for international exposure, as there are over 400 [...]

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For the first time in years, a U.S. ETF was one of the highest yielding of the year, as Dow Jones US Construction Index Fund (ITB) surged ahead of the pack. While home-building in the United States is the first sign of a recovery in the domestic market, elsewhere in the world there were positive [...]

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ETFs continue to find their way into countless portfolios as investors of all styles have embraced these innovative tools for executing long-term strategies. Although the diversification benefits offered through the exchange-traded product structure are extremely valuable, many investors often times overlook the fact that even the most diversified portfolio is susceptible to rampant volatility. The integration of global financial [...]

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While the correlations of various asset classes have increased significantly over the past decade, emerging market investing is nevertheless likely here to stay. Even if foreign market returns are now more correlated with U.S. returns, the higher growth of emerging markets is still appealing in its own right. For investors looking for a convenient vehicle which [...]

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