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The aftermath of the most recent financial crisis has yet to be fully resolved as much of the developed world is still plagued by the weight of its own debt. In Europe, lawmakers are struggling to ensure stability as many of the largest economies in the region are slowly and surely losing their fiscal footing amidst a storm of seemingly never-ending debt drama. The clouds of uncertainty are gathering over the homefront as well, with the United States facing a fiscal cliff of its own. As such, investors are struggling to find opportunities with attractive risk/return profiles, although several foreign markets may offer some relief from the otherwise gloomy, debt-stricken, global backdrop [see also Poland ETFs: A Bright Spot In A Gloomy Region].

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Run For The Hills

by on July 23, 2012

Stock markets around the globe are off to a dismal start to the week as debt drama in Europe has managed to spill all over. Resurfacing, and intensifying, worries over the financial health of Spain, Italy, and Greece over the weekend sparked a massive sell-off overseas; authorities in Spain and Italy were even prompted to impose a temporary ban on short selling to help quell the volatility. Gary Jenkins, managing director at Swordfish Research, commented on the harsh reality of the situation, “It is possible that we are entering the period that will determine the future of the euro zone” [see also How To Lose Money Trading ETFs].

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The Chinese economy has carved out its presence on the global stage and this Asian bellwether continues to offer lucrative growth potential while much of developed world lags behind. China’s rapid expansion has been, and continues to be, fueled by favorable demographic trends; an ever-expanding middle class coupled with increasing rates of urbanization are just […]

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Stocks Recover Despite Mixed Data

by on April 28, 2012

Equity markets broadly climbed higher throughout the week as investors digested upbeat earnings results from a number of industry giants including Amazon and Apple, both of which bolstered confidence in the technology sector. Surprisingly, investors brushed aside a number of less-than-stellar economic reports; durable goods orders data came in negative and U.S. GDP came in at 2.2% […]

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Gear Up For Turbulence

by on April 23, 2012

Investors got an unfriendly reminder of the looming Euro zone debt woes last week as resurfacing fears surrounding rising yields on Spanish government bonds paved the way for profit taking across the board. Earnings season at home remains a “mixed bag” judging by Wall Street’s movement last week, although surprises have been predominantly upbeat. As […]

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2011 Ends With A Whimper

by on December 31, 2011

Wall Street was fairly tame these last few trading days of the year as light volume trading and an uncertain economic backdrop gave way to a less-than-spectacular finale to one of the most volatile years in financial history. Amongst the major domestic equity indexes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was the only one to finish […]

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Slick Picks For Year End Bulls

by on December 27, 2011

Equity markets inched higher last week as news from the Euro zone was sparse, while economic data releases on the home front surprised to the upside. The final trading week of one of the most volatile periods in financial history is sure to abundant with more of the same: excitement, drama, and perhaps even the […]

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Last month a massive earthquake struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch on the country’s south island, killing more than 160 people and causing widespread destruction. The country’s equity markets took a beating in the wake of the natural disaster, plummeting as concerns spread that the quake would grind an already fragile recovery to a […]

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Global X Debuts Argentina ETF (ARGT)

by on March 3, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

Global X announced today the launch of the first pure play Argentina ETF, bringing to market another option for accessing South America. The Global X FTSE Argentina 20 ETF (ARGT) will seek to replicate the FTSE Argentina 20 Index, a benchmark that includes the top 20 companies within the investable universe of Argentina-domiciled companies or […]

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Global X, one of the fastest-growing ETF issuers, continues to build out the emerging markets portion of its lineup. The company announced today the launch of the Global X FTSE Andean 40 ETF (AND), linked to an index that tracks the performance of the 40 largest companies in Chile, Colombia, and Peru.

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One of the biggest stories of 2010 was the beginning of a currency war in which nations fought to maintain export competitiveness at all costs. Usually the preferred strategy of central bankers around the world has been to avoid the weakness in the dollar and ensuing strength in their own nation’s currency by buying up […]

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Top Ten Equity ETFs Of 2010

by on December 28, 2010

With the new year just around the corner, it seems as if 2010 will go down as a generally positive year for investors. Despite numerous and somewhat serious lingering concerns over the health of the global economy, most asset classes have posted impressive gains on the year as the odds of a “double dip” have […]

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