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In perhaps a sign of things to come, a newcomer to the ETF industry has popped up, offering a fund-of-fund ETFs designed to offer exposure to global equity markets. The One Fund (ONEF) currently consists of five ETFs, including four Vanguard products and one iShares ETF: [click to continue…]

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Equities markets trended higher on the back of an upbeat Federal Reserve outlook on the U.S. economy and quality earnings reports. This modest uptick came despite continued worry in the euro zone over sovereign debt issues, with Spain the latest country to suffer a downgrade from ratings agency Standard and Poor’ss. Among Dow components, the biggest gainer was Dow Chemical, which saw its shares jump higher by close to 6% after the company reported net income of 41 cents a share compared to 3 cents a share in the same period a year ago according to the AP. [click to continue…]

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IndexIQ, the ETF issuer best known for its funds that seek to replicate hedge fund strategies with liquid, transparent securities, announced today the launch of two new ETFs offering single-country equity exposure. The IQ Canada Small Cap ETF (CNDA) will track the performance of the IQ Canada Small Cap Index, while the IQ Australia Small […]

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What Every Investor Ought To Know About The Spain ETF

by on February 26, 2010 | Updated April 25, 2013

To this point in 2010, investors around the globe have paid close attention to every development in the euro zone, as crumbling public finances in the region have threatened to spark a wave of crippling defaults and have called into question the sustainability of the common currency. Most of the attention has focused on Greece, […]

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Many investors point to the rise of the ETF industry as a clear shift in preferences away from relatively expensive active management in favor of low-cost indexing. It’s been said that the alpha hunters have evolved into beta grazers. But the benefits of the ETF structure aren’t reserved solely for passive cap-weighted products, and the […]

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Wall Street’s focus was on jobs on Friday, as investors digested an employment rate that showed an unexpected decline in the unemployment rate but also revealed that more jobs were lost last month than anticipated. Markets showed significant volatility throughout the day, but a late rally pushed most equity major benchmarks into the black for […]

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Fidelity To Offer Commission-Free Trading On 25 iShares ETFs

by on February 2, 2010 | Updated April 26, 2013

Fidelity Investments announced today that it will offer its retail customers commission-free online trades for a suite of 25 iShares ETFs. The funds included in the commission-free platform include ETFs in all nine domestic equity style/size categories, as well as international equity and fixed income options. “Fidelity has partnered with the leading ETF provider in […]

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Guide To Small Cap International ETFs

by on January 12, 2010 | Updated November 13, 2012

The tremendous increase in the number of ETFs launched in recent years has seemingly brought cheap, efficient access to nearly every corner of the globe within reach of U.S. investors. There are now funds devoted to Vietnam, Turkey, Israel, Colombia, among countless others. But while the breadth of international options has expanded significantly, the exposure […]

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Following a meltdown in the U.S. financial markets that sparked a global recession, many investors have begun to question traditional asset allocation strategies that call for a significant weighting to American stocks. While emerging markets have seen huge cash inflows as a result of this trend, developed markets beyond North America have also benefited. For […]

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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