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While equity ETFs may be the most popular choice among investors, the fixed income fund universe has expanded tremendously over the years, offering investors exposure to a wide array of bond types and issuers. While fixed-income exposure is a key component of any long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio, most funds only focus on U.S. bonds. In this piece, we highlight a compelling fund, which offers investors exposure to an attractive and lucrative corner of the foreign fixed income market [see also How to Build an Income Portfolio with ETFs: Insights from David Fabian]. [click to continue…]

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Emerging markets have become an increasingly popular investing theme over the last few decades as investors seek new outlets for growth in their portfolios. Where many developed economies are trudging along with low GDP growth each year, there are numerous emerging economies that are far outpacing the growth of more mature nations. As such, it is not surprising to see expanding options for emerging market investing. [click to continue…]

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As 2012 came to a close last year, we sat down and picked out some of the most promising ETF investments for the coming year. While few could have predicted just how far 2013′s bull-run would take us, we placed our ideas in various corners of the market to give investors of all shapes and […]

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Equity markets continue to oscillate this week as an upward bias mixed with uncertainty ahead of the highly anticipated FOMC meeting taking place next week has set the stage for range-bound trading. Amid the tug of war taking place on Wall Street between the bulls and bears, industry veteran Van Eck completed the conversion of […]

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Stocks have been on an absolute tear this week with major U.S. equity benchmarks soaring to all-time highs amid renewed stimulus hopes. Bullish momentum permeated the marketplace on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve surprised many with its decision to hold off from scaling back on bond-repurchases this time around; as a result, cyclical securities have […]

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Dividend investing has been a major theme in the ETF world for several years as investors have escaped near zero interest rates using funds that capture more attractive yields. As the interest for these products has surged, issuers have been quick to create the kinds of dividends funds that are now available. Monthly dividend funds […]

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While tapering speculations have dominated the markets in recent months, the Fed has made it quite clear that quantitative easing is not going away just yet. In its press conference on Wednesday, the central bank stated that it will continue its massive bond-buying purchases for the time being, but that tapering may begin sometime later […]

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The bulls continue to reign supreme on Wall Street as earnings and data releases are helping to keep confidence levels afloat. Weekly jobless claims added fuel to the rally after coming in better-than-expected, but many investors couldn’t resist taking some profits off the table considering the stellar run-up; year-to-date, the S&P 500 Index has gained […]

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The proliferation of ETFs has allowed for investors to more easily shed their home country bias when it comes to fixed income exposure in their portfolios. Among the 200+ Bond ETFs available, many have been quick to embrace emerging market offerings in lieu of developed market debt given the more attractive yields and potential to generate […]

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As the U.S. market slowly wanders towards the road to recovery, many investors who had avoided the short-term effects of the recession are now left looking for a long-term solution for slow American economic growth without risking everything. One option is to look through emerging market bonds, which often offer growth potential unparalleled in the United States […]

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Individual emerging market bonds are difficult to purchase and come with significant risk. For this reason, investors are turning to ETFs to gain broad exposure to this market. ETFs don’t remove currency, interest rate, and other risk factors inherent to international bond investing, but the diversification that an ETF offers mitigates these risks and can […]

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Markets Pop, Apple Flops

by on January 26, 2013 | Updated February 4, 2013

The rally continued full steam ahead on Wall Street last week as upbeat earnings and encouraging data kept optimism levels elevated, giving investors few reasons to take profits off the table. Bellwethers like Halliburton, Google and IBM sailed right past analyst estimates, while tech darling Apple suffered a nasty sell-off after its latest earnings report […]

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