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The FTSE Group, one of the leading indexing firms, recently announced the results of its Annual Country Classification Review, the process by which global equity markets are classified as Developed, Advanced Emerging, Secondary Emerging or Frontier using a scale of 21 “Qualities of Market” criteria. There were no reclassifications this year, but a couple more additions to the “watch list” of countries that are being considered for promotion or demotion between FTSE’s market classifications.

Below we profile the countries living on the edge, as well as the ETF options available to play them [sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:  [click to continue…]

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Volatility Is Still Lurking

by on December 5, 2011

Domestic equity indexes snapped out of their loosing streak last week as investor confidence in the markets improved after a robust start to the holiday shopping season. The bulls charged through Wall Street on Wednesday after a global central bank initiative to lower the cost of dollar funding through swap arrangements sent a wave of buying-euphoria across equity markets. Excitement cooled off before the weekend, despite a better-than-expected U.S. unemployment report, and we expect for volatility to remain abundant this week given the unresolved Euro zone debt drama along with several key central bank meetings.

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Innovation across the exchange-traded universe has brought forth a host of investment strategies to mainstream investors, allowing for access to previously difficult to reach corners of the global financial market. Aside from the well-known benefits of ETFs, like ease-of-use and transparency, the structure of these investment vehicles holds several, often times overlooked, tax benefits as […]

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Six Noteworthy ETF Innovations

by on November 16, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Since the ETF industry was conceived in 1993, innovation has been a hallmark of this rapidly-expanding corner of the investing landscape. Thanks to a unique structure that allows for liquidity, transparency, and tax efficiency, ETFs have quickly and consistently taken market share from other types of securities, bringing newfound flexibility to all types of portfolios. […]

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Which Way Will The Bulls Run?

by on October 17, 2011

Stocks finished in bright green territory last week as investor worries over the Euro zone subsided, while corporate earnings at home gave the bulls a reason to come back to Wall Street. France and Germany pledged their full support  to the debt-stricken currency block and promised a concrete plan to ensure stability by November. Gold […]

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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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Equity indexes tumbled into red territory on Tuesday following Moody’s most recent downgrade of Ireland. The ratings agency pushed Ireland’s credit rating to junk status, sending additional waves of panic selling throughout the market as investors prepare for other larger markets to be next in line for a downgrade. “To avoid a bigger correction, a […]

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Greedy In A Fearful Environment

by on June 1, 2011

There is an old Warren Buffett mantra that advises investors to be greedy when others are fearful (and vice versa). In the current environment, there is certainly no shortage of fear–or of opportunities. Despite a holiday-shortened week U.S. equity markets have been extremely volatile, surging in Tuesday trading only to crater on Wednesday thanks to […]

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Debuting Our All-ETF Portfolio

by on May 25, 2011

The last few days have seen a number of interesting developments in financial markets, as commodities have seemingly resumed their skyward trajectory and Europe once again seems headed for a complete meltdown. Against this backdrop, we introduce the ETF Insider all-ETF portfolio, a hands-on portfolio that seeks to establish a small handful of tactical positions […]

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Once upon a time, exposure to the Chinese stock market was a binary decision for U.S. investors–they either had it or they didn’t. Thanks in part to increased flexibility in cross-border listings and in part to the proliferation of exchange-traded funds, investors now have countless options for exposure to the world’s second largest economy.

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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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Claymore, the Chicagoland issuer known for its line of themed ETFs and targeted sector funds, has launched three new ETFs based on broad market indexes maintained by Wilshire. The new funds include the Wilshire 5000 Total Market ETF (WFVK), Wilshire 45oo Completion Index ETF (WXSP), and Wilshire U.S. REIT ETF (WREI).

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