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The evolution of the exchange-traded product structure has opened up the doors to the foreign exchange market in ways that were previously impossible. Through the use of a single ticker, investors can now seamlessly, and in a cost-efficient manner, establish exposure to the most traded currencies around the globe.

As with any asset class, every currency is bolstered by a unique set of price drivers in addition to being influenced by overarching macroeconomic conditions, which is why investors must understand the inherent risks and nuances before jumping into a position. Our Ultimate Guide To Currency ETF Trading offers a great starting point for those looking to familiarize themselves with the products that offer exposure to this lucrative asset class. [click to continue…]

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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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Stocks charged higher on Wednesday as mixed data releases offered some hope to investors that perhaps the Fed would taper more cautiously when the highly anticipated September meeting finally rolls around. The bears focused on a worse-than-expected trade deficit data, coming in at $39.1 billion compared to last month’s deficit of $34.5 million, while the […]

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With domestic equity indexes soaring to all-time highs in recent months, many have become infatuated with the stock market and the countless opportunities it offers both at home and abroad. As a result, the commodity and bond markets have come under pressure in light of improving economic growth expectations. One particular asset class, however, remains […]

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Domestic equity indexes dipped into red territory yesterday as “taper talks” stole the headlines with no other major economic releases taking place on the day. The bulls shifted gears into profit taking mode after Fed official Charles Evans reminded investors that the economy would have to deal with a reduction in bond-repurchases later this year, […]

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Stocks kicked off this week on a positive note as earnings season optimism permeated the markets right from the opening bell on Monday morning. A larger-than-expected increase in consumer credit further bolstered confidence involving the health of the domestic recovery, as the figure came in at $20 billion, compared to last month’s reading of $11 […]

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Since their inception, ETFs have made their way into countless portfolios, giving investors access to nearly every corner of the global market. In light of U.S. markets closing July 4th to celebrate Independence Day, we are looking into the historical battle for returns between U.S. markets and their British counterparts [check out the 25 Wild ETF […]

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Stocks kicked off the week with a bang as deal-making news across Wall Street brought out the bulls, although profit taking swooped in before the closing bell as markets digested the stellar gains from last week. News of Yahoo! buying blogging giant Tumblr and drug maker Actavis  purchasing Warner Chilcott sent a wave of euphoria across […]

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Major U.S. equity benchmarks continued their ascent into uncharted territory as better-than-expected earnings reports from bellwethers kept confidence levels elevated. Upbeat quarterly results from Whole Foods and Electronic Arts  resonated well for investors on Wall Street, and according to data compiled by Bloomberg, just over 70% of companies that have released results at the start […]

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As European nations begin to regain control of their economies, many investors who avoided the short-term effects of the recession are now left looking for a way to recoup their loses, even with slowly developing market growth. Currency ETFs offer a direct route to the health of a country, with three Guggenheim funds creating an effective picture of the […]

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ETFs have opened up the doors to previously hard-to-reach reach corners of the market, including foreign equities, commodities and alternative asset classes. Currency ETFs in particular have seen growing interest among investors and traders alike as they greatly simplify the challenges that are otherwise associated with entering the forex market [see How To Take Profits […]

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Wall Street experienced several lackluster days of trading last week, with most Asian markets closed for holiday. Stocks struggled to find a definitive direction as the bulls and bears seemingly reached a stalemate due to a lack of significant market catalysts. On the economic front, U.S. retail sales, job openings and consumer sentiment came in better than […]

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