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2013 was largely dominated by a relentless bull market that saw the S&P 500 notch a gain of more than 30%, its best year in over a decade. But while many were focused on the gains of broad benchmarks, a number of funds and securities were having quite an interesting year – some good, some bad. Below, we take a look back at the 13 of the most interesting and unpredictable ETF charts from 2013 with some astonishing results that investors may have missed throughout the year [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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Major equity indexes kicked off 2013 with a bang as politicians on Capitol Hill steered the nation away from the fiscal cliff in the nick of time. The bull train chugged along full steam ahead with little interruption until late May when Federal Reserve officials rudely reminded investors that they are considering scaling back on stimulus measures. Needless to say, the Fed delayed the much-feared taper and the bulls returned to the driver’s seat without hesitation for the rest of the year.

Some of the biggest developments that inspired volatile trading along the uphill ride this past year included geopolitical tensions in Syria, rampant sell-offs across emerging markets, Europe emerging out of recession, and Japan’s shift to a loose monetary policy of their own. Amid the frenzy of headwinds and catalysts, U.S. markets proved resilient and we expect for the broad-based bull trend to continue into the year ahead [see Looking Back At Our Rapid Fire Ideas for 2013].

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When it comes to portfolio allocation, diversification is one of the key elements to any long-term, buy-and-hold strategy. An investor must fine tune their exposure to various corners of the market, as well as across the globe, to achieve a perfect balance and appropriate risk return profile. In recent years, one of the most popular […]

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U.S. equities finally started the week off on a higher note, though rising tensions over the conflict in Syria weighed heavily on the markets. Last Wednesday, the Senate backed President Obama’s request to strike Syria, bringing the U.S. one step closer to military intervention. In economic news, the Federal Reserve’s “beige book” showed the U.S. economy […]

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Over the past several years China has become an increasingly important component of U.S. investor portfolios, as it has become increasingly clear that the Asian economy is positioned to be the primary driver of global GDP growth for the foreseeable future. Those looking for exposure to the massive emerging market have embraced a number of […]

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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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Despite continued uncertainty over the health of global markets and skyrocketing crude prices, equity markets managed to post relatively strong performances during the last week. These gains were largely the result of broad improvement across the market but especially positive outlooks in the technology, materials, and consumer goods sectors. The few losers over the past […]

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After surging in the early part of the week, U.S. equity markets slumped back after weak data to finish slightly in the red, further clouding the American economic outlook heading into the key election season in November. The main catalyst for this week’s slump was a sharp rise in new unemployment claims which hit the […]

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The impact of the recent global economic slowdown was first felt by consumers around the world who were forced to cut back on purchases in order to endure the recession. While some consumer segments such as the wealthy, have begun to spend again, the events of the last two years have also had a profound, […]

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With the Chinese economy continuing to expand at an impressive rate, many investors are looking to allocate greater percentages of their portfolios to this increasingly important market. More and more investors are turning to ETFs as a means of accessing Chinese equities. By far the most popular fund in the China Equities ETFdb Category is […]

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October was another busy month for the ETF industry, with the launch of several new funds, including a handful that will compete directly with well-established ETFs and some that seek to address potential regulatory issues facing traditional commodity products. Highlights from the month included:

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The Halter USX China Index, the benchmark underlying the PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China Fund (PGJ), is expanding its holdings by adding another 20 equities. The Index is also removing China INSOnline Corp, bringing the total number of stocks to 139. The benchmark, which consists of U.S. listed companies that do a majority of […]

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