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Investors were in for a lackluster trading session today, as stocks wavered in a narrow range on cautions of continuing fiscal cliff talks. Though no major economic reports were released today, many paid close attention to President Obama’s comments in a television interview today, where he stated that the Republican’s counter offer of $800 billion in revenues through tax reforms and $2.2 trillion in net savings was out of balance. He did, however, express his continuing optimism for the split Congress to come together on a viable solution [see also 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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As the economies of the Europe, the United States and Japan have struggled to overcome a variety of challenges in recent years, investors have come to question the conventional wisdom that developed markets offer greater stability than their emerging counterparts. As supposedly advanced economies have sputtered, many have tilted their portfolios away from North America and Western Europe, instead seeking out countries that maintain more long-term growth potential.

Australia fits that description in the mind of some investors, boasting an impressive reserve of natural resources, strong relations with emerging Asian economic powerhouses and relatively stable fiscal footing that puts it in better shape than many of its developed colleagues. For those looking to beef up on Australia exposure, there are plenty of ETF choices on the table; below we highlight the various options for investors looking to gain exposure to the promising economy Down Under [sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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China has confirmed its status as an integral part of the growth engine driving the global economy, which is why its recent investing activity may be leading some U.S. investors to worry. Most people know that China is sitting on a hefty pile of foreign exchange reserves, approximately $3.2 trillion, however, fewer investors are aware that […]

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ProShares announced the launch this week of its German Sovereign/Sub-Sovereign ETF (GGOV), which will offer U.S. investors exposure to one of the world’s largest bond markets. The new ETF is linked to the Markit iBoxx EUR Germany Sovereign & Sub-Sovereign Liquid Index, a benchmark that consists of debt issued by the German government or by local governments […]

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Just a few years ago there were only a handful of bond ETFs available to U.S. investors, and almost all of them focused on securities from U.S. issuers denominated in U.S. dollars. One of the most noteworthy innovations to shape the ETF industry over the last several years has been a significant growth in international […]

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The development of the bond ETF industry in recent years has been well documented; as investors have become more comfortable with the idea of achieving fixed income exposure through the exchange-traded structure, inflows to this corner of the market have grown significantly. Moreover, ETF issuers have gradually expanded the geographic reach of the bond ETF […]

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Top 10 Noteworthy ETF Trends Of 2011

by on December 26, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

The curtain is about to drop on 2011, a year that will go down as a record-breaking period for the rapidly-expanding ETF industry. More than 300 exchange-traded products began trading this year, with dozens of issuers rolling out new products. While some of the new additions bear a striking resemblance to more established products on […]

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2011: A Year Of ETF Firsts

by on December 6, 2011

2011 has been arguably one the busiest ever for the ETF industry, as we are on pace to break through 300 new launches for the year. As we rapidly approach 1,400 total funds in the space, it can be a daunting task to try and keep up with the tidal wave of new products that […]

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After a bit of a summer slowdown, product development activity in the ETF industry has regained full speed. After a busy October, the month of November also saw the debut of a number of first-to-market ideas from a variety of ETF issuers, as well as a continued filling of the product pipeline with some intriguing […]

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This year more than ever before, investors of all sizes are giving thanks for the tremendous expansion in the ETF industry in recent years. ETF assets continue to climb, even in challenging economic environments. And in many cases, the growth of this industry is thanks to an exodus of cash from traditional mutual funds to […]

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Bond ETFs

by on November 22, 2011 | Updated September 22, 2014

Interest in achieving fixed income exposure through exchange-traded funds has been a hot topic in recent years, with some advisors expressing serious concerns over the potential shortcomings in bond ETFs while others have fully embraced the efficiencies of the exchange-traded structure [see Are Bond ETFs Broken?].

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Six Noteworthy ETF Innovations

by on November 16, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Since the ETF industry was conceived in 1993, innovation has been a hallmark of this rapidly-expanding corner of the investing landscape. Thanks to a unique structure that allows for liquidity, transparency, and tax efficiency, ETFs have quickly and consistently taken market share from other types of securities, bringing newfound flexibility to all types of portfolios. […]

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