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From boom to bust to bubble, the ups and downs on Wall Street have proven to be a blessing for some investors’ portfolios and a curse for others. Calling the tops and picking the bottoms in the market is an easy chore, only in retrospect of course. While it’s true that past performance is no guarantee of future returns, there are still valuable lessons to be learned from the tumultuous times on Wall Street [see Visual Guide: Major Index Returns by Year from 1970]. [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 sizes something that could fit their objectives. There has certainly been a lot of activity this year, as the S&P 500 notched its best annual performance in a decade, helping a lot of investments climb during the 12-month stretch. [click to continue…]

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Though the ETF industry has certainly come a long way since SPY‘s debut in 1993, there is still only a small percentage of ETFs that account for the majority of the industry’s assets. For some perspective, SPY’s total assets under management account for over one-tenth of all equity-based funds’ assets combined. And though some of the [...]

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In recent years, bullish momentum has been an undeniable force on Wall Street. Across the globe, however, this has not necessarily been the case. With funds flowing out of emerging market equities, and the euro debt crisis weighing heavily on several developed economies, certain corners of the world have not fared as well. Despite this, [...]

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When State Street introduced its S&P 500 index Fund–the SPDR S&P 500 ETF –back in 1993, a revolution was sparked. Since then, exchange traded funds have become the go-to fund for both retail and institutional investors. Assets in ETFs continue to grow and there are currently more than 1,400 funds available for investors. Leading the [...]

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Visual Risk Analysis Of The FTSE ASEAN 40 ETF (ASEA)

by on April 5, 2013 | Updated April 10, 2013

When it comes to portfolio allocation strategies, foreign investments are certainly one of the main go-tos as investors look to various corners of the market for more lucrative opportunities. Adding exposure to equities from around the globe not only provides great diversification benefits, it also has the potential to produce uncorrelated returns that may be more appealing than [...]

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International investing has earned its place in portfolio construction, as both academic studies and real-world experience have supported the idea that investing outside the United States can improve returns and actually reduce risk and volatility. Investors have a wealth of choices when it comes to using ETFs for international exposure, as there are over 400 [...]

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For the first time in years, a U.S. ETF was one of the highest yielding of the year, as Dow Jones US Construction Index Fund (ITB) surged ahead of the pack. While home-building in the United States is the first sign of a recovery in the domestic market, elsewhere in the world there were positive [...]

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This past year shaped out to be quite the roller coaster ride for many investors; equity markets persevered through tumultuous, and seemingly never-ending, eurozone debt drama, while the economic recovery at home remains slow and steady at best.  Heading into 2013, clouds of uncertainty continue to threaten investors’ confidence as the outcome of the much feared “fiscal cliff” has [...]

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The evolution of the ETF universe has spawned dozens upon dozens of innovative offerings that make it easy and cost-effective to tap into strategies and asset classes that were previously out-of-reach for mainstream investors, including global markets. When picking which countries to invest in, those with high employment rates may be an appealing option, as these economies often [...]

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This past year has been marked by uncertainty, but nothing compared to recent years, prompting investors to return in droves from safe haven accounts to the U.S. stock market. Investors have their eyes fixed on major indexes and other indicators to judge the overall health of our economy, but another judge of market sentiment is [...]

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ETFs continue to find their way into countless portfolios as investors of all styles have embraced these innovative tools for executing long-term strategies. Although the diversification benefits offered through the exchange-traded product structure are extremely valuable, many investors often times overlook the fact that even the most diversified portfolio is susceptible to rampant volatility. The integration of global financial [...]

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