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Brenton Garen is editor-in-chief of ETF Database and its sister site, ETF Trends. He is responsible for leading the editorial direction and digital initiatives of all products. He moved to the U.S. from Australia after receiving a B.A. in journalism from the Queensland University of Technology. Previously, Brenton was executive editor of Mirror Media Group in Los Angeles, where he oversaw five newspaper publications.

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More Good News for Global X E-Commerce ETF ‘EBIZ’

Another batch of data support bullish views for a e-commerce exchange traded funds, including the...

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Investors: Consider ‘EMDV’ Emerging Markets ETF

In the current market environment, it would not be surprising to hear that investors are...

Tactical Allocation Channel

When China Stocks Rebound, Consider ‘CNXT’ ETF

Amid intensifying trade tensions with the U.S., previously high-flying China exchange traded...

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Argentina ETFs Confront Election Concerns

The Global X MSCI Argentina ETF (ARGT C+), the oldest and largest exchange traded fund dedicated...

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Are Risks Abound for Europe ETFs?

The iShares MSCI EMU ETF (EZU A-) is up 11.54% year-to-date and while that fund and rival...

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Time is Right For U.S. Relative Weight ETF

As trade tensions run high, plenty of ex-US equity markets and the related exchange traded funds...

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New Marijuana ETF ‘YOLO’ Now Has Listed Options

The AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (YOLO n/a), which became the second dedicated cannabis...

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Investors: Keep an Eye on This China ETF

These days, it is hard to get excited about China exchange traded funds. After all, the ongoing...

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Pentagon Plan For Wall May Lift Infrastructure ETFs

The Pentagon has approved a plan to spend an additional $1.5 billion to build 80 more miles of...

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A Big Holding in Lithium ETF is Looking to Boost Output

Albemarle Corp. (ALB), the second-largest holding in the Global X Lithium & Battery Tech ETF...

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Amazon’s Ascent is Powerful for Online ETF

As has been widely noted, some retail exchange traded funds are being pinched by shoppers’...

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Small-Cap Strength With Relative Weight ETF 'RWLS'

With large-cap stocks being more vulnerable to international trade disputes, small-cap ETFs may...

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Trouble Lurks For Energy ETFs... Once Again

Count the energy sector among the groups being stung by the ongoing US/China spat. For much of...

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7 Top Dividend Growth ETFs for Uncertain Markets

Investors who are concerned that the trade negotiations can breakdown into a full out trade war...

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Play a Rebound in Chinese Stocks With This China ETF

Amid intensifying fears regarding the status of the trade relationship between the U.S. and...

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Gold Miners Are Upping Output While Reducing Costs

Gold miners and the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are grappling with lower bullion prices,...

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Rising Semiconductor Demand Forecast For Second Half

The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH A-), one of the most widely followed semiconductor...

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Airline ETF ‘JETS’ Looks For Altitude

The U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS C), the lone ETF dedicated to airline stocks, is up more than 12%...

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‘RWIU’ ETF for International Strength Versus the U.S.

The Direxion FTSE International Over US ETF (RWIU n/a) gives investors the opportunity to...

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3X Leveraged Transportation ETF 'TPOR' Keeps Moving Up

The Dow Jones Transportation Average is up almost 20 percent year-to-date (YTD), which is keeping...

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Retail ETFs Can Withstand Tariff Volatility

The VanEck Vectors Retail ETF (RTH B+) and other retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) followed the...

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There’s A Millennial ETF for Epic Demographic Trend

Spending habits among millennials, probably more than any other age group, get plenty of...

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A Refreshed View on Europe ETFs

The iShares MSCI EMU ETF (EZU A-) and other Eurozone-focused exchange traded funds are trading...

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Why Emerging Markets Debt ETFs are a Solid Idea

With the Federal Reserve looking like it will hold off on raising interest rates this year and...


What to Expect at 2019 Morningstar Conference May 8-10

With increasing volatility in the markets and a plethora of daily actionable news events, next...

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Central Bank Buyers Could Prop up Gold ETFs

The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD A-), SPDR Gold MiniShares (GLDM n/a) and other bullion-backed exchange...

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How Infrastructure Dollars Get Spent is a Big Deal

Earlier this week, the Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE n/a) rallied after...

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Big Growth Seen For Global Video Game Market

Bolstered by robust growth expectations for the e-sports, the VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and...

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Pair of ETFs Are Overcoming BBB-Rated Debt Concerns

Heading into this year, there was plenty of chatter and concern about a potential raft of...

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New IPO Could Eventually Find Its Way to Pet Care ETF

The ProShares Pet Care ETF (PAWZ n/a) debuted last November as the first exchange traded fund...

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Online Retail Continues Dominating Traditional Rivals

With online shopping taking a large piece of the broader retail industry, the Amplify Online...

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Semiconductor ETF ‘SMH’ Up 32%, Can Keep Flying High

The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH A-), one of the most widely followed semiconductor...

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Dividend ETFs Could See Tailwinds Continue Throughout 2019

Dividend ETFs, including the ProShares S&P 500 Aristocrats ETF (NOBL A-), are performing well...

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Ahead of Apple Earnings, Investors Rush Into Tech ETFs

This week brings a slew of marquee earnings reports from the technology sector, the largest...

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Favor US Equities Over International? Look to RWUI ETF

The U.S. capital markets literally stumbled into 2019 after a slipping and sliding through a...

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Overlooked Malaysia ETF Could Perk Up

Compared to some other single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds (ETFs), the iShares...

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ProShares ETF Proves Excluding Healthcare is Working

The S&P 500 is hitting record highs. On its own, that is an impressive feat, but it is even...

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Mid-Cap Dividend ETF ‘REGL’ Adds New Components

The ProShares S&P MidCap 400 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (CBOE: REGL) is one of the leaders...

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A Thematic ETF for 3D Printing Boom

With thematic exchange traded funds (ETFs) commanding more attention, investors may want to...

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E-Commerce ETFs Pop On Online Retail Milestones

The Global X E-commerce ETF (EBIZ n/a), one of the newest ETFs dedicated to e-commerce, is...

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Uncovering the Value in Dividend Grower ETFs

While investors wait on the value factor to bounce back, dividend growth strategies, including...

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Expect More Growth in Internet of Things Market

The Global X Internet of Things Thematic ETF (SNSR n/a), the first exchange traded fund dedicated...

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How to Prepare For a Possible Decline in Chip ETFs

Betting against semiconductor stocks and the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) has been a fool...

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Analysts Predict Banner Year for Dividends in 2019

The case for dividend stocks, particularly those that are reliable growers of their payouts,...

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Occidental/Anadarko Bid: No Support for Oil & Gas ETFs

Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY) upped the ante on Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC), triggering a...

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Long-Term Trends Favor This Retail ETF

Retail stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are rallying this year, including some...

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Global X Debuts Russell 2000 Covered Call ETF

Global X ETFs on Monday launched the Global X Russell 2000 Covered Call ETF (RYLD), which is...

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Why Tech Sector Is Surprising With Defensive Qualities

When it comes to defensive sectors, the groups that usually garner that label are consumer...

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Why This New Thematic ETF Could be a Winner

The universe of dedicated cloud computing exchange traded funds (ETFs) doubled in size with...

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Biotech ETFs: Destinations For Investing in Innovation

The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI B-), one of the largest biotechnology exchange traded funds...

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Legalization Survey Lifts Marijuana ETF

The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ n/a), the only dedicated cannabis exchange traded fund...

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3 Reasons to Remember Materials ETFs

The materials sector is one of the smallest sectors in the S&P 500 and as such, the group...


2019 ETF Virtual Summit Is Now Live

The annual ETF Virtual Summit, a one-day online conference that’s complimentary for financial...

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A Disruptive Force Among Clean Energy ETFs

With clean energy becoming a more important and accessible investment theme, some exchange traded...

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Make a Dash for Trash Stocks With VanEck ETF

With news out Monday that Waste Management Inc (WM), one of the largest trash haulers in the...

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A REIT ETF With a Growth Feel

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) and the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are normally...

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Oil ETFs Could be Heading Higher

Oil is already one of this year’s best-performing commodities, a fact affirmed by the United...

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China ETFs Pinched by MSCI A-Shares Delay

China exchange traded funds (ETFs) slumped Monday following news that index provider MSCI Inc. is...

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Finding The Right Emerging Markets For Dividends

Dividend stocks can provide buffers against volatility and that is true of ex-US dividend payers...

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Solar Boom is Heating Up; ‘TAN’ ETF Up 34% YTD

The Invesco Solar ETF (TAN B), the largest ETF dedicated to solar equities, is up nearly 34%...

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An Alternative to Basic China ETFs

With Chinese stocks leading the emerging markets rebound this year, many advisors and investors...

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Russia ETFs Rise on Q1 Oil Boost

With oil coming off one of its best first-quarter showings on record and continuing to ascend...

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Economic Growth Buoys Greece ETF 'GREK'

A Greece country-specific ETF has been rallying along with the broader emerging market rebound,...

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Invest in Genomics With New Global X ETF GNOM

Global X debuted a new fund on Tuesday that’s among the first ETFs to explicitly track the...

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VNM: An ETF for Long-Term Potential in Vietnam Economy

The VanEck Vectors Vietnam ETF (VNM B), the lone US-listed exchange traded fund dedicated to...

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Where Banks Are Really Cheap Overseas – And An ETF To Capitalize

It is often said that U.S. banks are inexpensive compared to other sectors and that the group is...

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Unicorns Found in ‘EMQQ’ Internet & Ecommerce ETF

Internet and technology investors are always looking for the next unicorns; those disruptive and...

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Don’t Expect to See Lyft, Uber in Tech ETFs

When passengers order rides from ridesharing giants Lyft, Inc. (LYFT) and Uber, they do so with...

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Defining Your China Strategy for Today’s Market

China, the world’s second largest economy, has quickly become a major factor in the global...

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Big Demand is a Big Deal for Infrastructure ETF ‘PAVE’

The Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE n/a) is up 18.65% this year, making the...

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Surging Oil Services ETF Has More Gas in The Tank

The VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH B+), the largest oil services exchange traded fund,...

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A Golden Opportunity Among Gold Miners ETFs

Industry consolidation, lower interest rates and the weaker dollar are among the factors...

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Internet Stocks Are Soaring in Asia This Year

Internet stocks are soaring this year and that theme is not confined to U.S. borders. Just look...

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A Small-Cap ETF Strategy to Capture Brazil Growth

When it comes to investing in Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, many U.S. investors opt...

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A Tactical Approach to Muni ETFs

Income investors are often gravitate toward municipal bonds and the related ETFs for sound credit...

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An ETF to Capitalize on Millennial Spending Trends

Over the past several years, millennials and their investment tendencies have received increased...

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Oil Services ETFs Off To Impressive 2019

With oil notching one of its best first-quarter performances on record, oil services stocks and...

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China Online Retail Boom Great for 'CHIQ' ETF

Plenty of data points augur well for companies with exposure to e-commerce and online retail....

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Can The Cannabis ETF Remain Hot?

Up nearly 50% this year, the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ n/a) is easily one of 2019’s...

Tactical Allocation Channel

VanEck Gaming ETF Could be a Good April Bet

The VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK B), the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to casino...

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As China ETFs Surge in 2019, ‘CNXT’ is Up 33% YTD

Chinese stocks and the related ETFs are surging this year. Up more than 33% year-to-date, the ...

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Tap Online Shopping Growth With Global X E-Commerce ETF

A slew of data points confirm that e-commerce and online retail are the true growth areas of...


Gold Is Back, Why the Fed Has Engineered “Right” Environment

The end of 2018 burned an image of volatility in investors’ minds that would drive their...


Global Central Banks Are Gobbling up Gold

Recent data from the World Gold Council suggests global investors and central banks remain fond...

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Emerging Markets Bond ETF ‘EMLC’ is Poised to Rebound

A strong U.S. dollar can be a drag on a variety of asset classes, including emerging markets debt...

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India ETF Looks to Build on Recent Momentum

India stocks and the related ETFs started 2019 in sluggish fashion, but have recently gained some...

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Utility Sector ETFs Ascend to Record Highs

Stocks tumbled on Friday, but the utilities sector stood tall. Utilities, traditionally a...

Thematic Investing Channel

Why Traditional Weighting Works With Thematic ETFs

Thematic ETFs are anything but traditional, but Global X, one of the largest issuers of thematic...

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Cooperation is the Name of the Game for Gold Miners

The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX B+), the largest gold miners exchange traded fund, is up...

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eSports Investing: More Good News Ahead, Says Survey

The VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO n/a) has recently been setting a torrid...

Thematic Investing Channel

Global X MLPs ETFs Start Strong in 2019

Exchange traded funds tracking master limited partnerships (MLPs) tumbled alongside traditional...

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3 Semiconductor ETFs With Gains of More Than 20% YTD

Over the course of market history, different industries have taken turns being important tells...

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An ETF For China’s Digital Advertising Boom

As China’s Internet market, which is already home to more users than there are people living in...

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Solar ETF Higher by Nearly 30% Year-to-Date

The Invesco Solar ETF (TAN B), the largest exchange traded fund dedicated to solar equities, is...

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'PAVE' ETF Focused on U.S. Infrastructure Companies

Infrastructure spending is seen as one of the rare nonpartisan issues politicians consider and...

Thematic Investing Channel

A Different Idea for Gold Miners Exposure

Gold miners exchange traded funds are rallying this year. One of the overlooked options in that...

Thematic Investing Channel

Software Stocks are Pushing Tech’s 2019 Rebound

Technology stocks and ETFs are among the broader markets leadership groups this years. Software...

Thematic Investing Channel

'FONE' Smartphone ETF Will Become a 5G Fund

A dedicated 5G ETF debuted earlier this month, but one issuer is reshaping an existing ETF into a...

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Emerging Market Resurgence Can Thank China ETFs

China ETFs are playing pivotal roles in this year’s emerging markets resurgence. One of those...

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Will Energy Sector ETFs Rally Again?

The Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE A), the largest equity-based energy exchange traded fund, is...

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VanEck eSports ETF ESPO is Onto Something Big

The VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO n/a), debuted last October as the second...

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11 China ETFs to Access Hot Chinese Sectors

When it comes to sector ETFs, many investors solely focus on domestic offerings, but there are...


Goldman Sachs, Motif Launch 5 ETFs That Invest in Next Wave of Innovation

Whether society is ready or not, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, or any...

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5 Thematic ETFs to Enhance Your Investment Portfolio

When creating a diversified investment portfolio, ETF investors should consider how thematics can...

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A Nifty Way to Navigate Multi-Factor ETFs

Hundreds of new ETFs debuted in 2018, including a wide range of smart beta strategies. Plenty of...

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Mobile Payments a Major Catalyst for Fintech ETF 'FINX'

The Global X FinTech Thematic ETF FINX (FINX n/a), the first exchange traded fund dedicated to...


QQQ, DIA, SPY ETFs Struggle to Find Direction

Major U.S. benchmarks and stock ETFs muddled along without direction Tuesday as lingering...

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MercadoLibre Q4 Results Help Lift Argentina ETFs

While most of the market slipped on Wednesday, Argentina country-specific exchange traded funds...


Defiance ETFs Debuts ‘FIVG’ ETF to Capitalize on 5G Technology Advancements

Whether society is ready for it or not, disruptive technology like robotics, artificial...

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Access the AI Investing Revolution With 'BOTZ' ETF

The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is real and investors can tap that rapidly growing...

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Ageing Populations Bring Investment Opportunities

Data confirm populations in some of the world’s largest economies are getting older, a...


Trends Look Favorable for Gold ETFs

The SPDR Gold Shares GLD (GLD A-), the world’s largest gold ETF, and rival gold funds have been...


China ETFs Maintain Momentum on Hopes of Further Stimulus

China ETFs stood out Monday, with Chinese markets rising to a nine-month high, as the country’s...


Biotech ETF Strengthens on Optimism Over CRISPR Advancements

A targeted biotechnology ETF strategy jumped Friday after Editas Medicine (EDIT) announced fourth...

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CBD Growth Could be a Long-Term Catalyst for Marijuana ETF

Up nearly 45% this year, the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF MJ (MJ n/a) is one of 2019’s...


January Pending Home Sales Rise, but Real Estate ETF ‘VNQ’ Falls

Pending home sales rebounded during the month of January, but the Vanguard Real Estate ETF VNQ (...


Vanguard Launches Another Salvo in the Ongoing ETF Fee War

Vanguard Group has trimmed the fees on a handful of ETFs in the latest round of cost cutting on a...


Volatility Weighting: An Innovative Approach to Accessing Emerging Market Equities

Bumpy U.S.-China trade negotiations going awry can certainly send foreign markets spiraling in...


Fed Chair Acknowledges Potential Dangers Ahead for Economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told a Senate committee on Tuesday that the economy is on...

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Low-Volatility ETFs Are More Than What They Appear

Low volatility ETFs are gaining traction as a way to diversify risk, but investors should still...


Bitcoin May Not Need an ETF to Rally This Year

An ETF tied to bitcoin has yet to be approved by U.S. regulators, but some crypto market...


SoFi Plans First Zero Fee ETFs

Social Finance Inc., the online personal loan company also known as SoFi, is planning to...


Apple Stock Is Too Expensive for Warren Buffett

Even with a purported net worth of close to $90 billion, shares of Apple have apparently gotten...

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A Small-Cap ETF Star Offers Dividends, Too

Investors do not often think of small caps as being the land of rising dividends, but some ETFs...


Unique Tech ETF Reaches New Highs

Among the sector exchange traded funds hitting new highs Friday was the SPDR Kensho New Economies...


Italian Bonds Rise After Avoiding Downgrade from Fitch Ratings

Italian bonds surged on Monday after Fitch Ratings decided to keep the country’s bond ratings...


Are Defense Sector ETFs in the Crosshairs of Weakness?

Multinational investment bank Credit Suisse last week downgraded General Dynamics shares to...


Russell 1000 Growth ETF Leads Value Thus Far in 2019

During the market doldrums near the end of 2018, investors were typically better off discarding...


China ETFs Could Continue to Impress

The iShares China Large-Cap ETF FXI (FXI A-) and the iShares MSCI China ETF MCHI (MCHI A) are...


REIT ETFs: The Future is Now

Across multiple sectors, the trends of tomorrow are accessible and tangible today. The same is...


Cheap ETFs Are Nice, But Investors Are Looking for More

After a race to the bottom, ETF fees have more or less stabilized, with signs that investors are...

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Existing Home Sales Plunge to 3-Year Low, Pushing ‘DRV’ Higher

Existing U.S. home sales hit their lowest level in three years last month, according to the...

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