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Emerging Market ETFs

Though some may disagree, exchange-traded funds have certainly proved their worth over the years. With more than 1,500 products to choose from, more and more investors have turned to the ETF wrapper, embracing the vehicles’ low-costs, efficiency, and many other advantages. Consequently, total assets of the ETF industry have swelled to over $1.7 trillion [see also 7 Charts to Put the ETF Industry in Perspective]. [click to continue…]

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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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Following a stellar finish in 2013, major U.S. equity benchmarks finally gave way to bearish forces during the final stretch of January. Profit taking pressures overwhelmed the bulls on the 23rd of last month after worrisome PMI data out of China signaled a contraction in the nation’s manufacturing sector for the first time in six […]

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2013 was a year emerging market equity investors would rather forget, as the impact of the global economic slowdown weighed heavily on these once rapidly growing economies. The emerging economies hit hardest were once the most promising investments, namely Brazil, Russia, India, and China – the BRIC nations. Despite the bump in the road, however, investors should not […]

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After broad markets put in a phenomenal 2013, bullish sentiment prevailed on Wall Street and with investors. With that bull run, however, came all-time highs and stock markets wading into uncharted waters. This has left some investors apprehensive about whether to buy into the market as they fear buying in at a top. Despite many […]

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With Wall Street wrapping up its first full week of trading in 2014, the ETF industry is already gearing up for what hopefully will be another successful year in the space. In 2013, markets welcomed more than 140 new exchange traded products, which included more than 90 new equity ETFs, 30 bond funds, four commodity […]

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Though U.S. equities charged ahead in 2013, posting several all-time record highs, certain markets across the globe struggled to stay out of the red. Emerging market countries in particular took a brutal beating throughout the year, as stagnant economic growth and currency struggles battered the once lucrative corner of the stock market. Meanwhile, European countries […]

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Equity markets continue to oscillate this week as an upward bias mixed with uncertainty ahead of the highly anticipated FOMC meeting taking place next week has set the stage for range-bound trading. Amid the tug of war taking place on Wall Street between the bulls and bears, industry veteran Van Eck completed the conversion of […]

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U.S. equities edged lower this week as the prospect of a pullback in the central bank’s bond-buying program weighed heavily on the markets. In economic news, the ISM manufacturing index rose to 57.3 in November from the previous 56.4; the ISM non-manufacturing index was reported to have expanded in November at a slower pace than […]

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The story of 2013 has been one of soaring equity benchmarks smashing historical highs and raising the bar on a weekly basis. Investors have been cheering on developed equities all along the way, but the emerging market space has struggled to stay afloat. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF has gained over 25% this year while […]

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Investors continue to embrace exchange-traded funds as the preferred means of tapping into emerging markets due to their easy-to-use and cost-efficient nature. When it comes to accessing China, however, there are numerous nuances that make it challenging for U.S. investors to dip their toes in the nation’s lucrative equity market. Martin Kremenstein, America’s Head of […]

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Wall Street was in for several up and down sessions this week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting another record on growing hopes of continued easy-money policies from the Fed. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard stated it was “certainly possible” that the central bank could scale back its bond-buying purchases after the next […]

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