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Interest in dividend-focused strategies has surged in recent years, as investors continue to look for ways to enhance their portfolio’s yield without taking on excessive risk. As such, the ETF industry has responded to this demand, pumping out a wide array of products that offer the stable and attractive yields many are looking for. A closer look at the yields and performance metrics of these products, however, reveals significant differences [see 101 High Yielding ETFs For Every Dividend Investor]. [click to continue…]

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While Americans have turned their focus to savings and repairing damaged balance sheets, many consumers in emerging markets have begun to discover the joy of spending sprees, fueled by rising income levels, increased financial security, and optimism over their economic futures. Exposure to consumer focused companies may be appealing to investors with a long-term time horizon as this sector presents a way to profit from favorable demographic shifts playing out in developing economies across the globe. 

As the emerging markets of the world urbanize and move away from rural areas, many take on non-agricultural employment for the first time and find themselves with a new luxury: discretionary income. Investors can utilize over 70 Emerging Markets ETFs to favorably position themselves as consumers overseas spur growth [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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The Best (and Worst) Emerging Markets ETFs Over The Past 3 Years

by on October 29, 2012 | Updated November 27, 2012

Emerging market ETFs have become increasingly popular in recent years, as investors have embraced this corner of the market for its lucrative growth opportunities as well as its long-term potential. These markets consume large amounts of commodities, are developing a middle class, and are expanding their infrastructure faster than any developed nation before them. Many have turned in impressive gains […]

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Emerging markets exposure has become a staple in countless portfolios as the evolution of the ETF universe has made it easy and cost-effective for investors to abandon their home country bias. Whether its broad-based or country-specific exposure that you desire, there’s more than likely several ETFs that can suit your needs. For long-term, buy-and-hold investors […]

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Dividend ETFs: Going Beyond The United States

by on September 5, 2012 | Updated September 24, 2012

Even with recent talks by the Fed calling for another round of stimulus for the U.S. economy, domestic investors are looking for a place to invest outside of the United States in the hopes of achieving more lucrative returns. These same investors may wish to consider adding dividend-paying stocks to their foreign assets, as this asset […]

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Emerging markets stocks are a core holding in the portfolios of many investors: developing economies such as China and India account for a growing portion of global GDP, and a significant percentage of all global GDP growth. ETFs have become popular tools for tapping into this asset class; the low cost structures, intraday liquidity, and […]

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iShares continued to aggressively expand its ETF lineup last week with the addition of two new ETFs focusing on dividend-paying stocks in international markets. The iShares Emerging Markets Dividend Index Fund (DVYE) will combine two asset classes that have become tremendously popular in recent years, targeting stocks from emerging markets that deliver attractive dividend yields. […]

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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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Over the last couple of years, investor interest in certain asset classes and general strategies has spiked as a result of the challenges facing global financial markets. With interest rates at record lows and volatility jumping to higher-than-average levels, dividend-focused ETFs have become popular products. ETFs linked to indexes that screen based either on dividend […]

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Emerging Markets ETFs: Five Factors To Consider

by on November 22, 2011 | Updated July 18, 2012

A quick look at the headlines on any given day is generally enough to explain why investors have been shifting greater percentages of their long-term portfolios towards emerging markets in recent years. The U.S. is grappling with elevated unemployment, and faces a regulatory gridlock that is creating undesirable tax uncertainty. Europe has been unable to […]

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The developments of the last several years have highlighted the growing gap between the developed and emerging markets of the world. Advanced economies in North America, Europe, and Asia face mounting debt burdens and the prospect of a prolonged stretch of low economic growth. Meanwhile, many emerging markets have raced ahead, boasting blistering GDP growth […]

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Today’s market environment has created a hazy outlook for equities as major equities have fallen into an unstable trend for much of 2011. While some remain bullish on the economic recovery, others feel that recent statistics point the other way, and that we are heading for a slowdown. As such, many investors have varying opinions […]

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