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Emerging markets have taken center stage in recent years as investors have become increasingly attracted to the lucrative opportunities presented in this corner of the market. Despite this recent trend, many have grown somewhat leery of several countries’ financial standings and of their ability to produce any kind of real return albeit their attractively high growth rates. One country in particular has taken a significant amount of heat for their troubling economic position: India, the most populous democracy in the world, is now showing several unsettling signs of financial duress [see also Evaluating India ETFs: Three Important Factors To Consider]. [click to continue…]

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Emerging market ETFs were hailed as a must buy for all portfolios after 2010 watched a number of these product produce eye-popping returns. But last year had other things in mind, as the majority of these products felt the pinch of volatile markets and endured a hefty slide. The combination of euro woes along with negative economic indicators in the US, namely the downgrade in our credit quality, shattered investor confidence in these investments as their prices entered a dangerous nosedive. Among the biggest losers was India, the world’s second most populated country [see also Doomsday Special: 7 Hard Asset Investments You Can Hold in Your Hand].  [click to continue…]

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With more than 40% of the U.S. market, iShares has long been the leader in the U.S. ETF industry. But in recent years the competition has been gaining ground, thanks in part to more cost efficient products. According to the ETF Industry Association, Vanguard led all ETF issuers with almost $36 billion in cash inflows […]

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iShares continued to debut new products at an impressive pace on Friday with the introduction of another India ETF. The new MSCI India ETF (INDA) will list on the BATS, joining several other iShares funds on the third-largest U.S. exchange. Last month iShares became the first ETF issuer to list on the BATS, spurning the […]

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Evaluating India ETFs: Three Important Factors To Consider

by on December 20, 2011 | Updated July 18, 2012

With year-end rebalancings underway and planning for 2012 ramping up, many investors are taking a look at asset classes that have struggled this year in hopes of identifying assets with significant long-term upside at discounted prices. One asset class that keeps turning up in the hunt for investment bargains is India, one of the world’s […]

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With the finish line in sight, it’s fairly safe to say that 2011 will be remembered by most investors as a wild, back-and-forth year that brought plenty of both hope and despair. A hot start raised optimism of a continued recovery after a generally impressive 2011, but the summer months were anything but relaxing; major […]

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Thanks to increased risk appetites over the last few days, some investors have begun to once again pile into emerging market focused ETFs. Yet, the specter of inflation has kept others at bay from many emerging nations as the rate of price increases in certain industrializing economies could bring down growth rates and lead to […]

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Continuing a trend that has been playing out over the last couple years, two more issuers announced reductions to expense structures over the past few days. Teucrium, the company behind three resource-specific commodity products, announced the introduction of an expense cap on its natural gas ETF, while WisdomTree cut fees on one of its most […]

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Emerging markets have hit some rough patches in 2011, as concerns over debt in the developed world as well as a possible slowdown in some key developing countries has caused many to pull out of risky markets entirely. As a result, broad based funds such as VWO or EEM are down on the year and […]

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If investors weren’t already aware of the tremendous “growth gap” between the developed and emerging markets of the world, a report Tuesday out of New Delhi served as a nice reminder. India’s gross domestic product grew by 8.8% in the quarter ended June 30, roughly in line with analyst estimates for expansion in the world’s […]

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India ETFs: Five Ways To Play

by on August 26, 2010 | Updated August 27, 2010

As emerging markets have raced ahead of their developed counterparts in the last two years, investors around the globe have begun to tilt portfolios more heavily towards securities that many have historically perceived to be excessively risky. The inflows into equity ETFs serve as one piece of evidence of this trend; through the first seven […]

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When Is An ETF Not An ETF?

by on July 27, 2010 | Updated July 8, 2014

When most analysts and investors refer to the ETF industry, they frequently use the term to apply to all exchange-traded products that are traded like stocks. In reality, the landscape is not quite that simple, and the term “ETF” is used a bit too liberally. ETFs must receive an order from the SEC that gives […]

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