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While investors kept a close watch on budget negotiations, a slew of better-than-expected economic reports and upbeat commentary from China’s new leader helped stocks claw their way out of negative territory. The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing purchasing index rose in the month of November, exceeding analyst’s expectations for a drop in service sector activity. Factory orders also rose, though the Automatic Data Processing’s and Moody’s Analystics’ reading on November hiring came in lower than expected. On the corporate front, Apple dominated the headlines, as the stock tumbled more than 6%, the worse single day decline since 2008, after the company announced that it will be raising its margin requirements [see also 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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Though ETFs may appear as very simple and straightforward investment vehicles, there is a rather complex infrastructure that lies beneath the surface. Under the hood of exchange-traded products is a unique “creation / redemption” mechanism that allows for the number of shares outstanding to fluctuate based on supply and demand. Generally, this mechanism serves a very useful and practical purpose: it keeps the prices of ETFs in line with the value of the underlying securities [see 25 Things Every Financial Advisor Should Know About ETFs].

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Investing in emerging markets has become an increasingly popular choice for many as these nations generally have higher growth prospects, lower levels of debt, and more favorable demographic profiles than their developed market cousins. However, a broad risk off trade has hit stocks in these countries extremely hard as investors the world over look for […]

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Van Eck, the firm behind the first ETF focusing exclusively on Latin American debt, made an SEC filing last week detailing plans to launch a fund covering China’s debt market. The proposed Market Vectors Dim Sum Bond ETF would invest in “Chinese yuan denominated debt obligations issued outside of mainland China by Chinese or non-Chinese […]

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ETF Research Report Now Available: China ETFs In Focus

by on July 31, 2011 | Updated August 3, 2011

Over the past few years it has become increasingly clear that China is now the most important economy in the world. Though second to the U.S. in total size, China accounts directly for a significant portion of global GDP growth and has contributed indirectly to expansion in developed and emerging markets around the globe–particularly resource […]

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Bullish Abroad, Defensive At Home

by on July 11, 2011

Domestic equities were shaky last week to say the least, managing to rally on Thursday and immediately sell-off on Friday following a very dismal employment report. Gold emerged as the strongest asset class, while crude oil futures fluctuated wildly much like equity markets across the globe. Earnings season officially starts this week and we are […]

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The month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and […]

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This past year the ETF industry picked up steam, as total assets in exchange-traded products reached $1 trillion for the first time. As ETFs continued their impressive growth, issuers have continued to provide innovative products to the market in order to meet ever-increasing demand. This past year saw the inception of a number of unique […]

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With 2011 just around the corner, the curtain is closing on yet another year of tremendous expansion in the ETF industry. With inflows for the year at close to $100 billion, total ETF assets will recently eclipsed the $1 trillion mark for the first time. From a product development standpoint, 2010 was a record year; […]

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Once upon a time, exposure to the Chinese stock market was a binary decision for U.S. investors–they either had it or they didn’t. Thanks in part to increased flexibility in cross-border listings and in part to the proliferation of exchange-traded funds, investors now have countless options for exposure to the world’s second largest economy.

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Emerging Market ETFs: Seven Factors Every Investor Should Consider

by on November 9, 2010 | Updated December 14, 2012

No matter where investors look in the developed world, the picture isn’t pretty. While the U.S. unemployment remains intolerably high, and uncertainty over the lasting effects of the latest round of QE and the coming fiscal cliff will continue to hang over stock markets. In Europe efforts to control surging deficits have been met with […]

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As the ETF industry has exploded in recent years, observers have had some very different takes on the pace and nature of the expansion in the product lineup. Some have cheered every first-to-market product, noting that the current offerings have only scratched the surface of what the ETF industry can offer. Others have pointed to […]

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