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Global ETFs

Wall Street has been in for another round of up-and-down sessions so far this week, as investors digested several economic reports as well as escalating turmoil in Iraq. In economic news, the New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State index of manufacturing activity rose to 19.3 in May, while industrial production rose 0.6%. Investors also kept a close eye on the Federal Reserve’s policy statement on Wednesday [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free ETF Daily Roundup]. [click to continue…]

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With over 1,600 exchange-traded funds to choose from, investors can essentially tap into any corner of the investable universe. Perhaps one of the most popular markets has been ETFs that offer exposure to equities outside of the U.S.. Not only do these funds add great diversification benefits, but they are significantly less expensive than mutual fund options [see Sector SPDRs: How These ETFs Have Performed Since Inception]. [click to continue…]

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U.S. equities got off to a relatively good start this week, bolstered by upbeat corporate earnings. Halliburton, Hasbro, United Technologies, Travelers, and Comcast managed to beat analysts’ EPS and revenue estimates. On Wednesday, however, markets turned lower after new-home sales for March declined 14.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000; analysts were expecting […]

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Though some may not agree with the central bank’s economic policies, there is no denying that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s tenure will be one for the history books. The Georgia-born economist was first appointed as Chairman on February 1, 2006, during a time when the U.S. outlook was quite optimistic. The economic landscape, however, […]

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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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Invest With Principles: Inside The International Equity Fund (VIDI)

by on December 5, 2013 | Updated December 19, 2013

The proliferation of exchange-traded funds has helped bring previously difficult-to-reach asset classes and strategies to the fingertips of individual self-directed investors and professional money managers alike. Amid the continuing wave of innovation, investors have grown more comfortable with sophisticated products that steer away from the traditional “plain vanilla” indexing approach. One such offering is the […]

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Japan has been the land of rising stocks this year — Japanese equities are up nearly 40% year-to-date. Russ explains why he believes the market offers more upside potential and a near-term opportunity for tactical investors able to hedge the currency exposure. While U.S. stocks are having a stellar year, Japanese stocks are doing even […]

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Looming uncertainties on Wall Street were finally eased on Wednesday, after Washington announced that it has come to a short-term agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. While these issues will once again be brought to the forefront come January, investors can once again focus on the markets and key economic […]

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Since the inception of the legendary S&P 500 ETF over two decades ago, the ETF industry has certainly come a long way with issuers filling the product pipelines with some of the most unique products on the market. And though the industry continues to grow rapidly, investors still embrace these investment vehicles for three primary […]

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Apple has long been one of the most talked about securities on the market, as its meteoric rise took the investing world by storm. But lately, analysts seem to be discrediting the technology giant, fearing that the well is running dry and the firm is failing to find new ways to innovate. This sentiment has […]

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In recent years, bullish momentum has been an undeniable force on Wall Street. Across the globe, however, this has not necessarily been the case. With funds flowing out of emerging market equities, and the euro debt crisis weighing heavily on several developed economies, certain corners of the world have not fared as well. Despite this, […]

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Want A Simple, 3-ETF Portfolio? Here Are 25 Of Them

by on July 24, 2013 | Updated February 25, 2014

Exchange-traded products have found their way into countless portfolios as investors of all walks have embraced these financial instruments for their ease-of-use, cost-efficiency, and unparalleled transparency.

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