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This year shaped up to be quite kind to investors, as bullish forces prevailed despite a number of bumps in the road. 2013 started off with a bang as investors rejoiced over the fact that politicians on Capitol Hill steered the nation away from the much-feared fiscal cliff. The rally on Wall Street persisted for nearly five months without a major pullback. At the end of May, however, the Federal Reserve threw a wrench into the mix when it hinted at potentially starting to scale back its monthly bond-repurchases, inevitably triggering a correction as investors were reminded that stimulus measures will eventually stop and interest rates will rise [for more ETF news and analysis, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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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 includes about 90 ETFs covering a wide variety of asset classes, including currencies, international bond markets, dividend-weighted indexes, and commodity-producing equities. The most popular ETFs that are now available commission free on E*Trade include: [click to continue…]

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The last few weeks have been a rocky stretch for the financial sector in the U.S., with another massive bankruptcy filing coming as negative sentiment towards big financial institutions is reaching new heights. After a stellar month in October, a wave of risk aversion in November has dealt a blow to the financial sector, with […]

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Brazil has become one of the most popular investment destinations in recent years, as U.S. investors have begun to question their “home country bias” and tilt portfolios more heavily towards the fast-growing emerging markets. Once upon a time, options for exposure to Brazil were somewhat limited; most mutual funds and some of the first ETFs […]

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July saw a flurry of activity in the ETF industry, with almost a new fund for every trading day during the month. The surge in new products continues to be driven by innovation rather than duplication; many of the ETFs to hit the market last month were the first of their kind, including unique international […]

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Fresh off the successful launch of their Lithium Fund (LIT), Global X unveiled the newest addition to its lineup yesterday, the Brazil Financials ETF (BRAF). This fund makes 14 ETFs in total for the New York City based issuer which has a heavy focus on international funds including China sector ETFs and a fund tracking […]

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