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The Dow Jones Industrial Average halted its 10-day winning streak, its best run since 1996, as investors curbed bullish momentum following a disappointing U.S. economic report. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer-sentiment index was reported to have fallen in March, dropping to its lowest level since December of 2011; consumers’ optimism for the economic environment over the year ahead also worsened. In other economic news, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State index showed a modest expansion of manufacturing activity in the region, but less than expected. In separate reports, the consumer price index and industrial production both came in better-than-expected [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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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 class holds major appeal in the current low-rate environment. Thanks to the evolution of the ETF industry, investors can now easily beef up their portfolio’s current income while at the same time improving overall geographic diversification. As such, below we outline 20 ETFs with little or no exposure to the United States that target dividend-paying companies [see also Monthly Dividend ETFdb Portfolio]:

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Equity markets appear to be regaining their footing in the first few trading days following last week’s dismal sell-off. Bargain buyers have stepped in as major stock indexes are holding above key support levels. Keep in mind however that the bounce higher can quickly turn into another leg-lower if Euro zone debt drama makes its […]

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The Japanese economy has been a major point of contention over the last few decades. What once looked like a budding nation fell prey to a terrible recession that has lasted for the better part of three decades. As such, a number of investors have avoided Japan altogether, as there are a slew of ETFs […]

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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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So far, this year has been tough for markets around the globe. Since the downgrade of U.S. credit quality in August, equity markets have become plagued with rampant volatility, discouraging capital inflows and prompting many investors to pull out of the markets entirely. Just when the debt-ceiling drama at home came to an end, euro […]

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Precidian Funds, a New Jersey-based ETF newcomer, announced on Thursday the launch of the first U.S.-listed ETF offering exposure to the Nikkei 225 Index. The new MAXIS Nikkei 225 Index ETF (NKY) will seek to replicate the widely followed benchmark of Japanese stocks, often referred to simply as the Nikkei or the Nikkei Index. That […]

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IndexIQ, the firm behind a suite of hedge fund replication ETFs and small cap country-specific funds, notched another first for the ETF industry on Thursday. The IQ Japan Mid Cap ETF (RSUN) will seek to replicate an index that consists of about 100 mid cap Japanese stocks. The weighted average market capitalization of the companies […]

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Van Eck announced the latest addition to its fast-growing ETF lineup today, rolling out a fund that offers exposure to small cap German companies. The Market Vectors Germany Small-Cap ETF (GERJ) will seek to replicate the Market Vectors Germany Small-Cap Index, a benchmark that includes small cap companies listed in Germany or that generate at least […]

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The attention of investors shifted from the Middle East to Japan late last week, as the natural devastation caused by a massive earthquake trumped the manmade chaos that has been playing out in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the oil-rich region. With rescue efforts intensifying in the north of Japan after a magnitude 8.9 […]

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Examining International Dividend ETFs

by on October 19, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

With interest rates at record lows and expected to remain depressed for the foreseeable future, investors have been forced to get creative in their hunt for current return. Some have shifted domestic fixed income holdings along the risk/return continuum, seeking out more attractive yields from junk bonds. Others have ventured beyond the U.S. borders, embracing […]

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As the second quarter mercifully draws to a close, many investors are left scratching their heads and wondering just where the world economy will go from here. Just a few short weeks ago, investors were upbeat and many thought that the groundwork had been laid for a second half surge. However, recent events have called […]

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