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ETF Research Report Now Available: China ETFs In Focus

by on July 31, 2011 | Updated August 3, 2011

Over the past few years it has become increasingly clear that China is now the most important economy in the world. Though second to the U.S. in total size, China accounts directly for a significant portion of global GDP growth and has contributed indirectly to expansion in developed and emerging markets around the globe–particularly resource rich countries that have stepped up to fuel ongoing urbanization and aggressive infrastructure expansions and improvements.

As interest in China’s equity markets has surged in recent years, it shouldn’t be surprising that investors have embraced ETFs as an efficient means of accessing this promising economy. There are currently nearly two dozen ETFs offering exposure to China, including both broad-based and sector-specific offerings. Moreover, investors seeking leveraged exposure or access to the Chinese currency have additional choices from the ETF lineup. [click to continue…]

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Tweaking Our All ETF Portfolio

by on June 8, 2011

This week has continued where last week left off, as selling across the board continues to plague equities. Tech and financials are leading on the downside as new government regulations and fears over a slowdown in the economy are weighing on stocks. Meanwhile, traders are continuing to seek the safety of T-Bills as protection in this uncertain environment, while keeping a watchful eye on the European situation as well. Commodities have been more mixed as some products such as oil and natural gas, have gotten off to strong starts this week, while others, such as those in the industrial metals corner of the market, have seen some level of weakness to start the five day period.

Against this backdrop, we’ve been forced to re-evaluate some our ETF plays from Monday, and are taking the opportunity to cash out on a position in our all-ETF portfolio that has surged by more than 5% over the last couple of weeks:[hide 4]

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Prudent Buying After Panic Selling

by on June 6, 2011

Investors poured into U.S. Treasuries last week as far worse than expected economic data from the manufacturing and housing sectors sent waves of anxiety through equity markets both in the U.S. and abroad. Surprisingly enough, amidst all the chaos even gold failed to climb much higher and the precious metal closed just above $1,540 for […]

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This year hasn’t been very kind to emerging market investing, as a number of developing economies have struggled to maintain momentum thanks to fears over price increases and general risk aversion. In particular, the world’s most populous emerging market, China, has endured a particularly rocky 2011. Many investors are growing increasingly concerned over the country’s […]

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Once upon a time, exposure to the Chinese stock market was a binary decision for U.S. investors–they either had it or they didn’t. Thanks in part to increased flexibility in cross-border listings and in part to the proliferation of exchange-traded funds, investors now have countless options for exposure to the world’s second largest economy.

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The impact of the recent global economic slowdown was first felt by consumers around the world who were forced to cut back on purchases in order to endure the recession. While some consumer segments such as the wealthy, have begun to spend again, the events of the last two years have also had a profound, […]

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The saga of Google in China took another turn today, as the search engine giant announced it had adapted its business plan to meet Beijing’s demands. For the past three months Google has been redirecting Chinese users to the company’s Hong Kong search engine, which is uncensored. The Chinese government lost patience with the automatic […]

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ETFs have become popular among all walks of investors in part because of the granularity of exposure available; U.S. investors are able to access nearly every corner of the world through a single security. Before the advent of country-specific ETFs, many investors spread out their portfolios around the globe through broad-based global funds or stock […]

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Google, the California-based search engine giant, made good on its promise to stop censoring results in China on Monday evening, upping the stakes in its showdown with the Chinese government. Google announced in January that it would end its voluntary censorship of its China search service following a series of attacks on email services from […]

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Last year saw more than 100 new product launches, ranging from plain vanilla equity and bond funds to ETFs offering exposure to exotic new investment strategies and asset classes previously available only to a limited slice of the investing community. The innovation that has made ETFs a popular alternative to mutual funds seems ready to […]

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Google set off a frenzy on internet message boards and in the human rights community earlier this week when the search engine giant announced in a blog post that it had been the target of a “highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China” that was apparently carried out with the […]

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Global X, the issuer behind funds offering exposure to the economies of Colombia and the Nordic region, announced the launch of its newest sector-specific China ETF today. The China Materials ETF (CHIM) will be the latest addition to the line of ETFs offering targeted exposure to the economy of China, which already includes five sector […]

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