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Over the last several years the economic growth gap between the world’s emerging and developed markets has gradually widened, as the U.S. and Western Europe face mounting debt balances and rising unemployment while the BRIC countries continue to expand at an impressive clip. This discrepancy has prompted a fundamental shift in the asset allocation process for many investors; the “home country bias” that historically prompted significant allocations to U.S. stocks and only minor weightings to developing economies has eased, with investors embracing emerging markets as a primary driver of both global GDP growth and asset growth within a portfolio. [click to continue…]

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Commodities have been a major focus of the ETF world this year, as debates over the suitability of exchange-traded products and their role in increased market volatility have raged. Amidst this backdrop, many commodities have posted huge gains in 2010 as the dollar has stumbled and the raw materials appetite of emerging markets has proven to be insatiable. While the attention of many investors is pinned on gold’s historic run, price spikes in other commodities have flown under the radar. Many soft-commodities have seen hefty gains this year, including sugar, coffee, and most notably, cotton [see Supply Concerns Send Cotton ETF (BAL) Surging Higher].

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Although official inflation readings continue to remain flat or at comfortable levels around the world, a variety of important commodities have seen their prices surge higher in recent months. Thanks to rising demand in emerging markets and a host of supply problems, commodities ranging from industrial metals to staple crops such as corn and wheat […]

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Following the massive injections into capital markets in recent years, inflation has become a major concern of many investors, and the quest to uncover assets that offer portfolio protection against a potential uptick in the CPI has taken on many forms. While inflation-protected bonds are the instrument of choice for some, others have turned their […]

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To most, cotton is a part of everyday life, a part of the textiles found in every wardrobe. But after prices surged in 2009, some investors have begun making cotton a part of their portfolio as well, and are turning to cotton ETFs as a way to gain exposure. While this soft commodity has the […]

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Perhaps you’ve noticed that many of the investment vehicles in the ETF industry are technically referred to as exchange-traded notes, or ETNs. While ETNs are similar to ETFs in many ways, there are also some key differences that should be considered before investing.

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