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2013 was another year full of record-low interest rates, prompting income investors to turn their attention elsewhere. For the past few years, dividend ETFs have been among the hottest in the investing space, as many individuals and institutions have sought the income stream these products offer. While a strong dividend is nice, receiving it from a security that lost ground during the year may not be enough to overcome the damage that was done. On the flip side, a dividend from a security that saw strong gains is an added bonus for many [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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Japan isn’t getting much love in the eyes of investors these days. The benchmark Nikkei is down significantly from the highs of the early 1990s and the country continues to feel the impact of a high debt burden. Furthermore, the yen has remained strong adding further pressure to the struggling exporting economy. As such, many believe that Japan won’t be an Asian Pacific powerhouse any time soon like neighboring economies [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

Other countries in the region are healthier with far more attractive growth prospects, but many of the Asia Pacific ETFs include Japan as a core holding because of the massive size of their economy. For investors who don’t want Japanese exposure, but are eager to tap into booming Asia Pacific region ought to take a closer look at the iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan Index Fund (EPP).

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Dividend ETFs: Going Beyond The United States

by on September 5, 2012 | Updated September 24, 2012

Even with recent talks by the Fed calling for another round of stimulus for the U.S. economy, domestic investors are looking for a place to invest outside of the United States in the hopes of achieving more lucrative returns. These same investors may wish to consider adding dividend-paying stocks to their foreign assets, as this asset […]

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Ex-Japan ETFs In Focus

by on February 20, 2012

Most investors looking to generate alpha and accumulate wealth over the long term spend the bulk of their time determining which asset classes should be included in their portfolio, either as long-term building blocks or shorter-term tactical allocations. But sometimes the most effective means of generating excess returns is not identifying and overweighting the top […]

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iShares continued its torrid pace of product development with yet another first-to-market ETF, rolling out a fund targeting small cap Asian stocks excluding Japan. The new iShares MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small Cap Index Fund (AXJS) is the first to specifically target small cap stocks in that geographic segment, though a handful of […]

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Better late than never. E*TRADE, the online brokerage that is perhaps best known for its commercials starring infant trading whizzes, has begun offering commission free trading on a lineup of exchange-traded funds. ETFs issued by Global X, WisdomTree, and db-X (Deutsche Bank) will be eligible for commission free trading on the E*Trade platform. That lineup […]

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Three Defensive ETFs For The S&P Downgrade

by on August 8, 2011 | Updated August 9, 2011

Debt ceilings, downgrades, and sell-offs of epic proportions have combined to make the last few weeks a major headache for investors. With the outlook of the U.S. economy changing drastically, many are unsure of where place their assets. Starting with the debt deal that took longer than expected to pass, markets reacted poorly to the […]

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WisdomTree completed a number of previously announced changes to its ETF lineup this week, making minor changes to seven of the company’s equity funds. Four ETFs received new tickers as a result of the overhaul:

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