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While bullish momentum has dominated U.S. equity markets this year, Chinese stocks have not fared as well. In recent months, several key economic reports from the nation have come in below expectations, forcing the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index to fall more than 2% year-to-date. But for those willing to stomach a higher level of risk, recent developments from China’s security regulator may provide some intriguing opportunities for investors [see Single Country ETFs: Everything Investors Need To Know].  [click to continue…]

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China has become a very popular destination for many investors; the tremendous long-term growth potential, favorable demographic trends, and growing global presence make it hard to ignore when building a long-term portfolio. ETFs can be a cost-efficient way to access this market, but there are some potential drawbacks as well. Many of the most popular China ETFs have a large number of their assets allocated to Chinese banks, this includes the most heavily traded FTSE China 25 Index Fund (FXI), which devotes more than half of its portfolio to financial institutions. This isn’t to say that Chinese banks are not a good investment, but ETFs dominated by them will only give investors a small glance into China’s potential [see also Five ETFs For A China Bank Bubble].
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iShares, the ETF market leader in the U.S. with more than 200 individual funds across virtually every asset class, will notch another first for the industry later this month when it becomes the first ETF provider to list products on the BATS Exchange. January 24 will mark the first day of trading for eight new […]

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In yet another first for the U.S. ETF industry, State Street has rolled out the first fund to focus exclusively on small cap stocks in Asia Pacific economies. The New SPDR S&P Small Cap Emerging Asia Pacific ETF (GMFS) joins an existing SPDR ETF targeting large cap stocks in the region, as well as a […]

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iShares has made another round of additions to its ETF lineup of well more than 200 products, debuting funds that target small cap stocks in Hong Kong and Singapore. The company also debuted an ETF linked to the MSCI World Index, a broad benchmark of stocks in developed markets: 

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Six Noteworthy ETF Innovations

by on November 16, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Since the ETF industry was conceived in 1993, innovation has been a hallmark of this rapidly-expanding corner of the investing landscape. Thanks to a unique structure that allows for liquidity, transparency, and tax efficiency, ETFs have quickly and consistently taken market share from other types of securities, bringing newfound flexibility to all types of portfolios. […]

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The saying “never judge a book by its cover” is certainly applicable to a wide range of situations. That includes the business of investing; for advisors and individuals who use ETFs, the old adage can be very relevant, valuable advice. There are now more than 1,300 exchange-traded products now available to U.S. investors, and that […]

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ETF Research Report Now Available: China ETFs In Focus

by on July 31, 2011 | Updated August 3, 2011

Over the past few years it has become increasingly clear that China is now the most important economy in the world. Though second to the U.S. in total size, China accounts directly for a significant portion of global GDP growth and has contributed indirectly to expansion in developed and emerging markets around the globe–particularly resource […]

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As the ETF industry has maintained its strong growth, investors have grown increasingly comfortable with establishing exposure to various markets utilizing the exchange-traded structure. Now, with 1,300+ funds in the space, there is an ETF for almost any investment objective, with further innovation still on the way. But as the industry rapidly expands, some funds […]

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In recent years interest in achieving exposure to emerging markets has intensified tremendously, as the developing economies of the world have established themselves as the clear leaders of GDP growth while advanced economies have struggled to regain their footing. While there are dozens of countries that fall under “emerging” status, exposure to this investment strategy […]

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Today marks the first day of trading for the Market Vectors Russia Small-Cap ETF (RSXJ), the first exchange-traded product offering U.S. investors exposure to small cap Russian stocks. The new fund from Van Eck will seek to replicate the performance of the Market Vectors Russia Small-Cap Index, a benchmark that includes about 35 small cap […]

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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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