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Emerging markets have captivated investors for almost a decade, from back when developed markets became a yield-barren investment. After years of pushing the limits of GDP growth and infrastructure spending, some emerging countries are finally losing steam. With the added stabilization in the European Union and U.S., investors have been abandoning their emerging holds in favor of past domestic strategies. But investors seeking a strong emerging strategy are not at a loss for strong funds. With over 77 emerging market equity funds, it’s easy to get lost in the offerings and pick a fund that may not be best for you.  [For updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

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Emerging market ETFs have seen a surge in interest in recent years, as U.S.-based investors have embraced this asset class as a core components of any long-term, growth-focused strategy. With most developed markets still trying to recover from the financial crisis, the growth potential of emerging markets has been even more appealing. Vanguard recently shook up the discussion around emerging markets ETFs when it announced it will transition its popular VWO from an MSCI index to a FTSE benchmark. While there are some similarities between the indexes, there are some big differences as well. For example, FTSE considers South Korea to be a developed market, while MSCI counts it as emerging (and therefore one of the largest allocations in products such as EEM). 

Many investors would likely be surprised to learn that significant portions of their “emerging markets” ETFs have exposure to economies that most have considered “developed” by many organizations for decades. Specifically, South Korea and Taiwan meet the developed market standard of many index providers and organizations such as the IMF, and exhibit per capita GDPs, literacy rates, and life expectancy rates that make them more similar to the U.S. and Canada than Brazil and China. In many of those categories, South Korea and Taiwan score higher than markets such as Italy.

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The ETF industry has certainly come a long way since SPY made its debut as the first exchange-traded fund in 1993. With over 1,400 products to chose from, investors of all walks can now have cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe. From plain vanilla funds to the more complex and intriguing products, issuers […]

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Emerging Markets ETFs: Five Factors To Consider

by on November 22, 2011 | Updated July 18, 2012

A quick look at the headlines on any given day is generally enough to explain why investors have been shifting greater percentages of their long-term portfolios towards emerging markets in recent years. The U.S. is grappling with elevated unemployment, and faces a regulatory gridlock that is creating undesirable tax uncertainty. Europe has been unable to […]

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The saying “never judge a book by its cover” is certainly applicable to a wide range of situations. That includes the business of investing; for advisors and individuals who use ETFs, the old adage can be very relevant, valuable advice. There are now more than 1,300 exchange-traded products now available to U.S. investors, and that […]

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The developments of the last several years have highlighted the growing gap between the developed and emerging markets of the world. Advanced economies in North America, Europe, and Asia face mounting debt burdens and the prospect of a prolonged stretch of low economic growth. Meanwhile, many emerging markets have raced ahead, boasting blistering GDP growth […]

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June was another interesting month for markets around the world as a number of important events transpired over the past few weeks. The Federal Reserve meeting came and went without much of a hitch as Bernanke called for the end of QE at the end of the month but suggested that the economy was still […]

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Emerging Global, the New York City-based ETF issuer best known for its funds that target consumers and infrastructure in developing nations, rolled out the latest addition to its product lineup Thursday with the debut of nine GEMS (Global Emerging Markets Sectors) funds. The lineup offers investors the chance to buy some of the largest companies […]

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