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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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For anyone that has been asleep the last few weeks, bullish momentum has without a doubt been the dominant force on Wall Street since the start of 2012. Encouraging economic data releases on the home front have helped to bolster equity markets higher thanks to improving growth expectations. With the bull-train firing strong on all cylinders, many are wondering which corners of the market are still attractive and which ones could be due for a correction [see also Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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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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Interest in emerging markets has surged in recent years, and investors have embraced ETFs as the preferred means of accessing this asset class. Emerging markets have been established as the clear leaders of global GDP growth, while the economies of the United States and much of Europe have stalled. Developed markets are facing stubbornly high […]

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EGShares, the only U.S.-based ETF issuer focusing exclusively on emerging markets funds, announced the latest addition to its suite of products targeting the developing world this week. The new India Consumer ETF (INCO) will seek to replicate the INDXX India Consumer Index, a 30-stock composite of companies listed on India’s National Stock Exchange and Bombay […]

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So far in 2011 more than 200 new exchange-traded products have debuted, taking the ETF lineup close to the 1,300 mark. Over the past several years, the exposure accessible through ETFs has become increasingly granular; while some of the new products debuting are “plain vanilla” funds linked to well known indexes (such as the recent […]

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In recent years, emerging markets have been established as the clear leaders of global GDP growth, while the economies of the U.S. and western Europe have stalled. Developed markets are facing stubbornly high unemployment and limited flexibility thanks to mounting debt burdens, while emerging markets continue to race ahead. In a recent economics paper, Goldman […]

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As developed economies stagnate under the burden of rising unemployment and deteriorating fiscal situations, investor interest in emerging markets continues to climb. The gap in growth potential between the developed and emerging worlds has never been wider, while the gap in risk has perhaps never been more narrow. Through the first nine months of 2010, […]

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In the wake of the recent recession, many Americans are now acutely aware of the perils of maintaining mountains of personal debt, and have taken steps to reduce credit card balances and pay down other obligations. While many have struggled to get debt burdens under control, much of the developed world has seen a material […]

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EGShares, the only ETF issuer to maintain a product line dedicated exclusively to emerging markets funds, announced today the latest addition to its lineup. The Emerging Markets Consumer Titans Index Fund (ECON) will be the first U.S.-listed ETF offering exposure to a corner of the market overlooked by many existing emerging markets ETFs: consumer goods […]

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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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