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Europe ETFs

One of the most attractive advantages of the exchange-traded fund industry is the ability for investors to easily tap into foreign equity markets. Prior to ETFs, mutual funds were the only vehicles available for individual investors to gain broad, diversified exposure to stocks outside of the U.S.. Thankfully, there are now plenty of low-cost ETF options that offer investors access to not only particular regions, but also to specific countries. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street got off to a relatively good start this week, as investors weighed mixed earnings and economic reports. On the macro front, China’s HSBC’s manufacturing PMI came in at 48.1; readings below 50 signal contraction. The U.S. non-manufacturing sector, however, picked up steam in April, with PMI coming in at 55.2. Elsewhere, investors turned their attention to Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen as she testified before Congress on Wednesday. [click to continue…]

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U.S. equities struggled to find a definitive direction this week, though a better-than-expected jobless claims report managed to boost stocks during Thursday’s session. ETF issuers, however, kicked off the month of February with a bang, bringing to market a slew of new products. iShares added five new funds to its impressive lineup, including three new currency-hedged […]

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Since the financial crisis of 2008, the global economy has faced several significant headwinds. Though the U.S. has showed signs of economic progress–as exemplified by the Fed’s decision to begin tapering–the eurozone continues to recover from its debt-crisis. In 2013, however, the eurozone finally managed to log in its first positive GDP reading after 18 months of […]

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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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Wall Street saw several record highs this week, as investors’ hopes for continued central bank stimulus efforts rose. Investors paid close attention to Fed Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen, Obama’s nominee for the next chairman, as she faced questions from lawmakers at the Senate Banking Committee. In the hearing, Yellen emphasized the dangers associated with ending […]

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Overview: Russ explains the two key unresolved issues that are keeping his view of European stocks somewhat cautious, and he gives the next signposts to watch to gauge whether any near-term resolutions are likely. Investors appear to be embracing Europe again. Flows into the region have increased in recent months on signs the eurozone economy […]

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Why it’s Time to Reconsider European Equities

by on August 22, 2013 | Updated September 17, 2013

Given recent signs that the eurozone economy is stabilizing, is it time to consider European equities again? Russ explains why his answer is a qualified yes. This summer, for the first time in three summers, investors did not have to contend with a eurozone financial crisis. While the continent’s problems remain far from solved, a […]

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Over the past few years, the world economy has undeniably struggled against significant headwinds after the unprecedented financial crisis rocked the markets in 2008. But while the U.S. has seemingly stayed on track to economic recovery, the eurozone has struggled to overcome its debt burdens. Until recently, most investors have remained understandably bearish on the […]

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It has been almost a year since European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi brought temporary respite to Europe’s debt crisis by pledging to do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. Since then, the situation in Europe has improved. Draghi’s efforts helped reduce the financial risks associated with a breakdown of the European banking […]

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Turkey has long been heralded for its unique East-meets-West culture, as well as its attractive growth potential and geostrategic importance. In recent days, however, massive strings of protests and civil unrest have put investors on edge about the emerging economy. In a statement on Tuesday, Turkish officials emphasized the negative impacts to the country’s reputation […]

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When it comes to foreign equities exposure, the evolution of the ETF industry has opened many doors for investors, offering everything from hyper-targeted exposure to products that cast a much wider net over the global market space. But with such a vast variety, investors are faced with the question of which type of exposure they […]

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