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Europe ETFs

The ETF industry continues to democratize asset classes, as mainstream investors can now access more corners of the global market than ever before in an easy, cost-efficient manner. In fact, the ETF landscape has grown so much that investors can now even choose between different approaches when it comes to establishing exposure to foreign markets. For example, someone looking to add exposure to European stocks can undertake a variety of approaches to accomplish this goal; for starters, investors can opt for a broad-based ETF that includes a portfolio of securities from a basket of countries. Digging further, investors can also choose a country-specific ETF if they wish to really focus on a particular market [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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The ever-expanding ETF universe has spawned an array of instruments that have allowed investors of all walks and styles to shed their home country bias. Through the purchase of a single ticker, investors can now easily tap into dozens of markets overseas that were previously too difficult to reach for most. As a result, foreign equity and emerging markets ETFs have found their way into countless portfolios as investors geographically diversify their holdings while the global recovery picks up steam [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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Clouds of uncertainty have plagued Europe since late 2009 as the region’s financially fragile state has taken its toll on investors’ confidence. While many of the currency bloc’s member nations have demonstrated great resilience in finding their way back to prosperity, economic powerhouses like Italy and Spain continue to pose a threat to the region’s financial […]

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This year has proven to be a rather successful yet volatile year on Wall Street; equities managed to come out on top after tumultuous rounds of eurozone debt drama, fiscal cliff talks and spotty economic data. Despite the bumps in the road, many investors were rewarded quite handsomely, as certain corners of the market exhibited […]

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For the first time in years, a U.S. ETF was one of the highest yielding of the year, as Dow Jones US Construction Index Fund (ITB) surged ahead of the pack. While home-building in the United States is the first sign of a recovery in the domestic market, elsewhere in the world there were positive […]

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The Vanguard MSCI Europe ETF (VGK) tracks the MSCI Europe Index and is one of the most cost effective ways to gain exposure to the leading companies based in Europe. Overall, developed European markets can offer a comparable risk and return profile to U.S. stocks, while still helping investors to geographically diversify their portfolio’s equity […]

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No one can argue that European equities have had a tumultuous ride over the last couple of years, as the eurozone sovereign-debt crisis continues to plague the region. Although the European Central Bank detailed its most aggressive plan to date to deal with the eurozone’s mounting debt piles last month, investors still remain understandably weary […]

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To put it mildly, European stocks have had a rough couple of years, as the eurozone sovereign-debt crisis continues to plague the continent. And with many economies in the eurozone continuing to teeter on the edge of default (or forced bailouts), investors around the globe have remained understandably leery of any investments made within the shaky […]

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When it comes to trying to join the billion-dollar club, many investors tend to focus on the world’s wealthiest individuals. They harp on every word legendary investors like Jim Rogers, George Soros and the infamous Warren Buffett say, hoping to gain some sort of insight from these financial Gurus. Few, however, look at the bigger […]

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The 2012 Summer Olympic Games have been a spectacle of fierce competition and a seemingly never-ending journey in pushing the limits of the human body. This year’s games, which began on July 27 and officially end on August 12, have effortlessly captured our attention as athletes from 204 nations have gathered to compete in 26 sports. With […]

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The financial crash of 2008 has forever changed the way investors approach the market. After seeing bottom-line returns crumble before their eyes, many are now understandably wary of particularly risky asset classes. Portfolio allocation strategies have now become a game of musical chairs, as investors shift their assets to and from various sectors trying to park […]

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Concerns over Europe’s financial health have only gotten worse for the past two years as the currency bloc struggles to regain its fiscal footing, which has undoubtedly intensified doubts about the global economic recovery since the most recent downturn. Worrisome headlines from this region have been plaguing investors’ confidence like a parasite, paving the way for choppy trading in […]

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