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Cathy Carlson

Today marks another development in the emerging market ETF boom; Global X, the New York-based firm that burst on to the ETF scene with sector-specific China ETFs, is now tackling the Brazilian market. Two weeks after debuting the Brazil Mid Cap ETF (BRAZ), Global X announced today the launch of the Brazil Consumer ETF (BRAQ). This ETF joins the Brazil Infrastructure Index Fund (BRXX) as the only funds offering targeted exposure to sectors of the Brazilian economy, providing additional options for investing in one of the largest and most unique emerging economies [see all ETFs in the Latin America Equities ETFdb Category].

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When Beijing announced last month a change in its universally-criticized currency policy, perhaps the loudest cheer came from Japan. With prospects of a floating Chinese yuan tightening the trade gap, Japan momentarily saw light at the end of a very long tunnel. Hindered by structural deflation, Japan’s economy has lagged behind the rest of the world, missing out on the rally that allowed many markets to reclaim ground lost during the recession. An appreciating yuan could potentially allow Japan to accelerate a move out of the post-recessionary phase by providing the opportunity to compete more fairly in export markets. [click to continue…]

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Investors hoping to coast through the summer months learned early in June that a summer slowdown wasn’t in the cards. Trading volumes remained elevated throughout the month, and volatility continued its impressive climb higher. With the latest developments out of Europe continuing to ripple through the global economy and fresh concerns about the best approach […]

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Invesco PowerShares, the Wheaton, Illinois based firm known for its “intelligent” ETF products, is planning to change the indexes underlying three of the company’s Target Allocation ETFs according to a recent SEC filing. PowerShares is also looking to make a change to its high yield bond ETF. The changes to the product lineup include:

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Over the last several years, the developing economies of the world have emerged as the leaders in the global recovery effort. With GDP growth rates in developed markets close to zero, interest in emerging markets has surged. Most U.S. investors who have begun tilting the equity component of their portfolios towards emerging markets focus on […]

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The impressive pace of expansion in the ETF industry slowed a bit in May, as issuers introduced fewer new funds than in previous months. Still, more than a dozen new ETFs began trading last  month, including some first-to-market products, a few ETFs that will go head-to-head with established products, and the second coming of an […]

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The airline industry is notorious for its cyclical booms and busts, fluctuating with the level of consumer and business discretionary spending and often functioning as a leveraged play on the broader global economy. So far, 2010 has been an interesting year for airlines; the rumor mill has churned out hint after hint at a wave of […]

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