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Traditionally, investments in emerging markets such as India and China have been viewed as riskier than investments in developed economies. Part of this perceived additional risk is related to less developed financial markets and regulatory oversight; the lack of standardized reporting and robust audit requirements and restrictions on repatriation of assets creates the potential for significant inefficiencies. Another big part of this risk is political in nature; unstable emerging market governments have a long history of nationalizing private companies. Ranging from from oil companies in Venezuela to copper mines in Chile and banks in India, these events have stuck in the minds of investors, and have long been held up as justification for an additional risk premium demanded from emerging markets investments. [click to continue…]

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A week that saw many equity benchmarks hit 18-month highs closed on a relatively quiet note, as investors became less worried about Greece’s financial woes and shrugged off a downward revision to fourth quarter GDP growth. Elsewhere, the South Korea ETF closed lower after an explosion an a navy vessel near the North Korean maritime border sparked concerns of escalating tensions. [click to continue…]

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For much of 2010, investors around the world have scoured any release of data or news from the Chinese government in an attempts to glean information on Beijing’s plans for implementing monetary tightening. China is expected to account for a significant portion of global GDP growth in 2010, and has become an important trade partner […]

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The financial sector was one of the hardest areas of the economy in 2008 and early 2009, as years of excessive risk taking finally resulted in a meltdown that spurred several unprecedented emergency measures and set off one of the worst recessions in a generation. Since bottoming out last March, however, financials have surged higher, […]

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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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Investors returned from a long holiday weekend with an optimistic outlook, as news of mega-deals in the food and beverage and insurance industries boosted confidence. IBM delivered solid earnings, further bolstering hopes of a strong year for the technology sector, while investors turned their attention to Massachusetts to evaluate the potential impact of a shifting […]

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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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ETFs Coming To China?

by on January 11, 2010

In a continued effort bid to make Shanghai the financial capital of the 21st century, the Chinese government has approved “in principle” the creation of stock index futures, trading on margin, and short selling. Although the Chinese government has had reservations about allowing short selling for some time, the move will allow the government to […]

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China’s Purchasing Managers Index rose for the tenth consecutive month in December, signaling a steady expansion in the country’s manufacturing sector. According to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, the index increased to 56.6 in December, up from 55.2 in November. A reading above 50 indicates growth, while a reading below 50 indicates contraction. […]

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So much for a slow December. The latest National Stock Exchange numbers are out, and December was one of the best months on record for the ETF industry. Total cash inflows totaled nearly $30 billion, as investors flocked to domestic equities in the final month of the year. Nearly every issuer saw a big jump […]

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Bruno del Ama is the CEO of Global X Management, the New York-based ETF issuer behind several of the innovative exchange-traded products to hit the market in recent months, including the first ETFs offering investors exposure to Colombia and the Nordic region and the first sector-specific China ETFs. He recently took time out of his […]

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Global X Funds, the New York-based ETF issuer that earlier this month launched four of the first sector-specific China ETFs, has added a fifth fund to its product line. The Global X China Energy ETF (CHIE) began trading on the NYSE Arca today, joining Global X funds focusing on the industrials (CHII), consumer (CHIQ), technology […]

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