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Foreign equities have long been a portfolio staple among investors, as this corner of the market has the potential to deliver uncorrelated returns and key diversification benefits. But for those willing to stomach a higher level of risk, adding exposure to smaller capitalization firms from around the world is a compelling strategy, since these companies typically have greater growth potentials than their large-cap counterparts. Below we outline three ex- U.S. small cap ETFs that have been battling for investor attention: the FTSE All-World ex-US Small Cap Index ETF (VSS, A+), MSCI EAFE Small Cap ETF (SCZ, A+), and the Emerging Market SmallCap Fund (DGS, A) [Download How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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Gaining exposure to the global equities market is in itself a daunting task, but with the evolution of the ETF industry, investors can now gain cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe through a single ticker. And as these global equity ETFs become more and more popular, issuers are taking it one step further, providing true international exposure without featuring any allocations to domestic securities. The global ex-U.S. strategy is a popular one; investors can add a broad layer of diversification benefits to their portfolios, as international equities can often provide uncorrelated returns to domestic markets [see 10 Questions About ETFs You've Been Too Afraid To Ask]. [click to continue…]

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Vanguard led all ETF issuers in cash inflows last year, thanks in no small part to a shift among investors towards the most cost-efficient ETF options. Now the company is lowering expenses on six of its international equity ETFs, reflecting greater efficiencies realized in the form of asset growth and operating cost reductions. The ETFs […]

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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we […]

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Ten Most Successful New ETFs Of 2009

by on December 29, 2009 | Updated May 3, 2010

As the ETF industry has continued its rapid expansion, there has been much debate surrounding the sustainability of the current growth and the potential saturation of the market. The first ETFs were relatively simple products, offering exposure to the world’s most widely-followed equity benchmarks. But the last ten years have seen hundreds of new ETFs […]

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After decades of flying high and shrugging off crises around the world, U.S. equity markets have fallen on some tough times. The epicenter of the mortgage crisis that evolved into a global recession has scared away many investors away from the U.S. markets, afraid that the worst is yet to come and that the “glory days” […]

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