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Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions. [click to continue…]

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Major U.S. equity benchmarks kicked off the week on a sour note as the government shutdown continues to take its toll on investors’ confidence. Profit taking pressures permeated Wall Street as politicians on Capitol Hill are giving investors few reasons to get off the sidelines; political gridlock remains a key concern as our nation inches closer and closer to the October 17th deadline at which point the federal government will have exhausted its borrowing authority [see The Biggest Technical Glitches On Wall Street].

Our chart to watch for the day is the Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF (IDX, C+), which may gap in either direction at the opening bell as investors react to the overnight interest rate decision overseas. Analysts are expecting for Indonesia’s central bank to raise rates by 0.25% this time around, which would bring the benchmark rate to 7.5%.  [click to continue…]

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As the ETF industry continues its rapid expansion, investors now have over 1,400 products to choose from to fit their every investment whim. But perhaps one of the key factors in selecting an appropriate fund is the level of diversification it offers to a portfolio. International and emerging market equity ETFs have certainly proven to […]

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The aftermath of the most recent financial crisis has yet to be fully resolved as much of the developed world is still plagued by the weight of its own debt. In Europe, lawmakers are struggling to ensure stability as many of the largest economies in the region are slowly and surely losing their fiscal footing […]

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Judging from the sideways price action on Wall Street this week, it seems that investors went through the full cycle of emotions. With corporate earnings seasons drawing to a close at home investors are once again focusing more on economic data releases. On the home front, economic news were mixed throughout the week; ISM data […]

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Van Eck, the firm that rolled out the first Indonesia ETF a little more than three years ago, introduced a complementary ETF today that will target small cap stocks in the emerging Asian economy. The Market Vectors Indonesia Small-Cap ETF (IDXJ) began trading on the NYSE Arca on Wednesday, becoming the first ETF to offer targeted […]

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For many investors, March 9, 2009 was a major turning point; on that day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed below 6,550, capping a disastrous stretch that had erased billions of dollars from portfolios around the world. Fortunately, that proved to be the low point of the recent recession; the next day markets rallied, and […]

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One of the biggest stories in the investing world over the past few years as been the rise of emerging markets. These countries continue to grow at an impressive clip and are in a much better position from a fiscal perspective than their developed market counterparts. Furthermore, the countries often have more favorable demographics than […]

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This past week was a brutal one for equity markets as a wave of selling crushed sectors across the board. The benchmark S&P 500 index saw its value decline by nearly 6.5% on the week, marking one of the roughest five day stretches in recent memory. Generally speaking, this decline was thanks to investors being […]

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Van Eck has filed details for what would be the first ETF to offer exposure to small cap Indonesian stocks, laying the groundwork for further expansion in the ETF industry. The recent SEC filing shed some light on the proposed Market Vectors Indonesia Small-Cap ETF, which would join a pair of other products offering exposure […]

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While 2011 may have gotten off to a good start for many equity markets, a summer slowdown has hit stocks across the globe. Worries over the fallout from a downgrade of American debt have now shifted to concerns over more stimulus either by the Federal Reserve or by Congress. Yet more measures coming down the […]

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Ed Kuczma is a member of the Investment Team at Van Eck Global, a firm that has a number of ETFs targeting various corners of the market both in equities and in bonds. Currently, Ed specializes in the EMEA region, doing analysis on the various markets that make up these emerging regions. One of the […]

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