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Wall Street started off the week in high spirits after aluminum giant Alcoa (AA) kicked off the unofficial start of the Q2 earnings season. After the closing bell on Monday, the company reported a $119 million second quarter loss; the bellwether did, however, manage to beat analysts’ EPS estimates by one cent. Up ahead, investors will keep a close eye on the banking sector as JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) report their quarterly earnings. On the macro front, investors kept a close eye on the latest FOMC minutes and commentary from Ben Bernanke [see 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013].  [click to continue…]

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When it comes to emerging market exposure, no region is more popular than BRIC, as this corner of the market is home to the largest and some of the fastest growing economies in the world. But while Brazil, RussiaIndia, and China have flourished over the years, investors have recently witnessed a somewhat troubling slowdown in these once booming nations. As such, investors have begun to question the potential in this once lucrative bloc, leading many to shy away from investing in  broad-based products that capture the entire BRIC region [see Single Country ETFs: Everything Investors Need To Know].

For those who still want to establish exposure to BRIC economies but are struggling between choosing broad-based funds and country-specific ETFs, we take a closer look under the hood of each strategy:

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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 […]

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The Best (and Worst) Emerging Markets ETFs Over The Past 3 Years

by on October 29, 2012 | Updated November 27, 2012

Emerging market ETFs have become increasingly popular in recent years, as investors have embraced this corner of the market for its lucrative growth opportunities as well as its long-term potential. These markets consume large amounts of commodities, are developing a middle class, and are expanding their infrastructure faster than any developed nation before them. Many have turned in impressive gains […]

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Emerging markets stocks are a core holding in the portfolios of many investors: developing economies such as China and India account for a growing portion of global GDP, and a significant percentage of all global GDP growth. ETFs have become popular tools for tapping into this asset class; the low cost structures, intraday liquidity, and […]

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Most risky asset classes have generally posted impressive three year performance figures at this point, delivering huge gains in the 36 months or so since equity markets bottomed out during the last financial crisis. Just about every equity index is well in positive territory for the latest three year stretch, thanks to improving economic fundamentals […]

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Beating The Market In A Rocky Week

by on June 25, 2011

This past week was another rocky one for global markets as worries over Greece temporarily subsided in the middle of the week only to reappear in Friday trading. This resurgence came as a result of several members of Parliament declaring their intentions to vote against the austerity bill, leaving the measure uncertain to pass to say the least. Investors also […]

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Risks Remain In Europe

by on June 22, 2011

This week saw many investors go bargain hunting in the first two days of the week as fears over a Greek default temporarily subsided. Many had focused in on the Greek Prime Minister and a crucial vote that took place earlier in the week in which the Parliament voted on if it had confidence in […]

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Tread Lightly In Uncertain Times

by on June 20, 2011

Thanks to stock markets managing to finish in the green for the week, at least in the S&P 500 and the DJIA, some are beginning to think that the recent downtrend in markets is finally over. However, any hope of a surge this week could be cut short by a continuation of the Greek debt crisis, especially […]

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As the ETF industry has continued to expand at a breakneck pace, the introduction of first-to-market products has become somewhat commonplace. Well more than 100 ETFs have debuted this year, many of them targeting an asset class or investment strategy not previously accessible within the ETF wrapper. Recent weeks have seen the debut of the […]

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In recent years interest in achieving exposure to emerging markets has intensified tremendously, as the developing economies of the world have established themselves as the clear leaders of GDP growth while advanced economies have struggled to regain their footing. While there are dozens of countries that fall under “emerging” status, exposure to this investment strategy […]

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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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