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Interest in emerging market equities has grown rapidly over the years, as investors flock to this lucrative corner of the global market. In addition to providing diversification benefits, emerging market exposure also has the potential to produce uncorrelated returns for those willing to take on the higher level of risk. And while there are numerous ways investors can tap into this segment, investors still must choose which strategy they want to take: choose a broad-based fund that casts a wider net over the space or take advantage of targeted exposure through a country-specific ETF [see Single Country ETFs: Everything Investors Need To Know]. [click to continue…]

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With the Federal Reserve maintaining record low interest rates, many American investors are looking beyond their borders for new, high growth investment opportunities. While developed European and Asia Pacific economies have received a significant amount of attention, the most popular investment destinations remain the four largest emerging market countries: Brazil, Russia, India and China, collectively known as the “BRIC” economies.

As the emerging markets of the world urbanize and move away from rural areas, many take on non-agricultural employment for the first time and find themselves with a new luxury: discretionary income. Investors can use the BRIC ETFs to favorably position themselves as consumers, and infrastructure overseas spur to growth [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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Early ETF Stars Of 2012

by on January 26, 2012

The unfriendly economic landscape from 2011 has been gradually evolving into a much more optimistic environment in the new year as confidence has improved across the board. Better-than-expected corporate earnings, manufacturing output, housing sales, and encouraging employment reports have all paved the way higher for stocks as investors are rejoicing over clear cut signs of […]

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Over the last several years ETFs have become popular tools for active investors seeking to take advantage of short-term mispricings in the market; the average daily trading volumes on many of the most popular-exchange-traded products clearly indicates that ETFs are widely used by day traders who measure their holding periods in minutes rather than years. […]

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Five ETF Picks For Your IRA

by on April 15, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

Saving for one’s retirement can certainly be a daunting task. After the crash of the markets in 2008, many everyday investors saw a large chunk of their retirement savings go down the drain in just a matter of months, leaving some in a deep hole. While those close to retirement have been hit but the […]

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When considering the equity allocation of an investor portfolio, perhaps the most common bifurcation made is between developed and emerging markets. The distinction between developed and emerging markets has become a hot topic in recent years thanks to the tremendous gaps in growth and risk between the two groups. As developed markets have struggled to […]

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South Korea is home to one of the world’s most unique and promising economies, thriving off of its status as a tech leader as well as proximity and strong relationships with many of Asia’s rapidly-expanding emerging markets. But constantly looming over South Korea is the unstable relationship with its neighbor to the north, one of […]

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Emerging Market ETFs: Seven Factors Every Investor Should Consider

by on November 9, 2010 | Updated December 14, 2012

No matter where investors look in the developed world, the picture isn’t pretty. While the U.S. unemployment remains intolerably high, and uncertainty over the lasting effects of the latest round of QE and the coming fiscal cliff will continue to hang over stock markets. In Europe efforts to control surging deficits have been met with […]

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With nearly nine months in the books, 2010 is shaping up to be the year of price wars in the ETF industry. In the past several months, a number of big names have slashed expense ratios on some of their most popular products, in an effort to attract cost-conscious investors. Charles Schwab and Vanguard have […]

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Over the last several years, the ETF industry has seemingly been locked in to “three steps forward, one step back” mode. August was the most recent step back, as ETFs experienced net cash outflows for only the second time this year. Total ETF assets declined by about $20 billion during the month, and outflows totaled […]

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The first three months of 2010 saw dozens of new ETF product launches, but things really headed up in April. This past month saw the launch of more than two dozen ETFs, making it the most active month of 2010. PowerShares and ProShares were particularly active on the product development front, debuting a number of […]

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First Trust announced the launch of a new index fund tracking the economies of the BICK economies, a twist on the popular BRIC bloc of major emerging markets. This new fund also includes exposure to Brazil, India and China, but swaps Russia for South Korea. As such, BICK offers an emerging markets alternative that avoids […]

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