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The ETF universe has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years, and the product lineup has expanded beyond many investors’ wildest expectations. Through the use of a single ticker, anyone with an online brokerage account can now access virtually any asset class from around the globe, whether it’s emerging market small caps, commodities, or high-yield bonds. 
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With over 1,600 exchange-traded funds to choose from, investors can essentially tap into any corner of the investable universe. Perhaps one of the most popular markets has been ETFs that offer exposure to equities outside of the U.S.. Not only do these funds add great diversification benefits, but they are significantly less expensive than mutual fund options [see Sector SPDRs: How These ETFs Have Performed Since Inception]. [click to continue…]

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Thanks to the proliferation of ETFs over the years, more and more investors have started to shed their home-country bias. Education and ease-of-use have been the driving forces that have prompted countless investors to geographically diversify their portfolio’s equity component with ETFs; now more so than ever, investors are being mindful of their regional exposure […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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