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In a global environment riddled with uncertainties and looming debt burdens, it isn’t always the biggest or fastest growing economies that lure investors. Going beyond gross domestic product data, international investors often find themselves flocking to destinations that boast “safe haven” reputations, and not necessarily the most attractive balance sheets. In an effort to more accurately pinpoint people’s sentiment regarding specific nations, FutureBrand has constructed an annual Country Brand Index, which incorporates a multitude of factors that go beyond traditional economic metrics [see also ETFs For The World's Most Valuable Emerging Market Brands].

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Preferred stock investing just isn’t what it used to be. Once a relatively common way for companies to raise money, the expansion of the corporate credit market has largely consigned preferred stock to private/venture-stage companies and financial corporations like banks. That said, preferred stock still boasts some very appealing attributes; this asset class is known for often exhibiting volatility levels comparable to fixed income, while marrying a steady income stream with the potential for capital appreciation. For investors looking to hold a portfolio of preferred stocks, the S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Fund (PFF) is an option to consider [see How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Investors of all walks around the globe have been on the hunt for yield amid this historically low-rate environment. With central banks on all fronts committed to offering up seemingly never-ending stimulus programs, many have been scouring the markets for income-producing securities in lieu of chasing after risky capital gains given the towering list of […]

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When it comes to diversifying your portfolio, many investors often overlook the dynamic economy of our Northern neighbor. Canada is home to one of the most commodity-intensive developed economies in the world, and its large natural gas and oil reserves make it one of the few net exporters of energy outside of South America or the […]

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Van Eck is wading into a new corner of the ETF industry this week, debuting a unique product offering that will deliver exposure to preferred stock issued by non-financial companies. The new Market Vectors Preferred Securities ex-Financials ETF (PFXF) will offer exposure to an index comprised of about 70 different issues of preferred stock with […]

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The evolution of the ETF industry has brought forth a host of strategies previously out of reach for mainstream investors. With over 1,400 products to choose from, investors can tap into an array of asset classes while enjoying the full benefits of the exchange-traded product structure such as ease of use, transparency, and enhanced tax […]

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Bullish momentum has cooled off a bit on Wall Street this week although the good news keep coming in. Investors were happy to see the latest home builders index release on Monday, although a slightly worse-than-expected existing home sales report on Wednesday managed to tip indexes lower. Vank Eck has laid down the groundwork for an intriguing equity fund that allows […]

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2011: A Year Of ETF Firsts

by on December 6, 2011

2011 has been arguably one the busiest ever for the ETF industry, as we are on pace to break through 300 new launches for the year. As we rapidly approach 1,400 total funds in the space, it can be a daunting task to try and keep up with the tidal wave of new products that […]

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iShares, the issuer behind the most popular product in the Preferred Stock ETFdb Category, debuted an international counterpart to PFF this week. The recently-launched S&P International Preferred Stock ETF (IPFF) will be linked to an index consisting of preferred stock from ex-U.S. developed market issuers, with a hefty allocation to Canadian banks. IPFF becomes the […]

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Bond fund giant PIMCO continued the string of impressive innovation that has produced a robust lineup of international bond ETFs this week, rolling out a pair of new funds focusing on fixed income securities from German and Canadian issuers. The two new ETFs, both of which are indexed products, join an Australian bond ETF that […]

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For investors looking to generate current returns from the equity portion of their portfolio, there is no shortage of exchange-traded products offering attractive dividend yields in the current environment. From ETFs linked to dividend-weighted indexes to those that focus on companies with stellar distribution histories to simply sector-specific funds in high yield corners of the […]

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May ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures

by on June 1, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

May was a tumultuous month for equity markets, as instability around the world pushed and pulled on major indexes through the last several weeks. Perhaps the biggest news of the month was the re-emergence of the European debt crisis; with Greece in yet another dire situation, many investors are concerned about the overall stability of […]

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