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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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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 hand, those that have taken the plunge have reaped the benefits of a well-balanced portfolio; in many instances, investors who have tapped into markets outside of the more popular BRIC group have realized stellar, and often uncorrelated, gains over the past few years [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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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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When asked to identify the economies that are posting the most substantial GDP expansion in the current environment, many investors would quickly respond with China, India, and other well known emerging markets. Those two countries are certainly among the leaders in terms of global economic growth; both are expected to expand at clips greater than [...]

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Investors on Wall Street have endured a grueling week as political turbulence in the overseas currency bloc paved the way for volatile trading and rampant profit taking. On the product development front, ArrowShares made its entrance into the ETF industry with the launch of the Dow Jones Global Yield ETF (GYLD). Van Eck beefed up its fixed [...]

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As hundreds of billions of dollars have flowed into exchange-traded products in recent years, international equity ETFs have been a particularly popular destination. As investors have shed their “home country bias” and recognized the importance of meaningful international equity allocations, the low costs and instant diversification offered by the exchange-traded structure have understandably served as [...]

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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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Egypt has become the center of the news world over the last week, as a series of violent protests and intensifying calls for a regime change have left the future of one of Africa’s most populous countries in doubt. Though violence has been limited to a relatively small number of incidents, protesters have continued to [...]

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When domestic and international equity markets tumbled in the first three months of this year, bargain hunters were overwhelmed with possibilities. As price-to-earnings ratios plunged into the single digits, those who follow the Buffett mantra “be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful” were presented with one of the best buying [...]

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Index compiler MSCI Barra announced earlier this week that Israel will be reclassified from Emerging market status to Developed market status, forcing some of the largest ETFs on the market to do some rebalancing in the coming months. Israel will be removed from the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and the MSCI EMEMEA Index, which includes emerging [...]

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