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In recent years, emerging markets have been established as the clear leaders of global GDP growth, while the economies of the U.S. and western Europe have stalled. Developed markets are facing stubbornly high unemployment and limited flexibility thanks to mounting debt burdens, while emerging markets continue to race ahead. In a recent economics paper, Goldman Sachs re-examined the prospects of emerging markets, and struck an extremely bullish tone for the future. Goldman’s report makes numerous bold (but well supported) claims, including the expectation of China to surpass the US in equity market capitalization by 2030 and become the single largest equity market in the world. The report also notes that emerging markets currently account for 37% of global GDP, but that that percentage will increase to 49% by 2020 and 59% by 2030 [see ETFs For The "Next-11" Economies]. [click to continue…]

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Ten New Years’ Resolutions For ETF Investors

by on December 30, 2010 | Updated January 3, 2011

With 2011 just around the corner, tis the season for pledges to better everything from health to wealth to happiness in the coming year. Below, we offer up ten New Years’ Resolutions for ETF investors looking to cut expenses, round out their portfolios, and maximize returns in 2011 [for more ETF insights, sign up for our free ETF newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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With 2011 just around the corner, the curtain is closing on yet another year of tremendous expansion in the ETF industry. With inflows for the year at close to $100 billion, total ETF assets will recently eclipsed the $1 trillion mark for the first time. From a product development standpoint, 2010 was a record year; […]

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As the ETF industry has exploded in recent years, observers have had some very different takes on the pace and nature of the expansion in the product lineup. Some have cheered every first-to-market product, noting that the current offerings have only scratched the surface of what the ETF industry can offer. Others have pointed to […]

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This past week was an eventful one as markets oscillated between solid gains and steep losses which eventually left the market marginally higher than its open on Monday. Perhaps the biggest story of the week came out of the surging commodity markets where gold continued its march higher, hitting a new record when it broke […]

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As developed economies stagnate under the burden of rising unemployment and deteriorating fiscal situations, investor interest in emerging markets continues to climb. The gap in growth potential between the developed and emerging worlds has never been wider, while the gap in risk has perhaps never been more narrow. Through the first nine months of 2010, […]

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In the wake of the recent recession, many Americans are now acutely aware of the perils of maintaining mountains of personal debt, and have taken steps to reduce credit card balances and pay down other obligations. While many have struggled to get debt burdens under control, much of the developed world has seen a material […]

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After a small step backwards in August, the U.S. ETF industry got back on track in September as an unexpected equity market rally and impressive cash inflows combined to deliver an impressive single month jump in assets. ETF assets finished the third quarter at nearly $901 billion according to the National Stock Exchange, an increase […]

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The month of September brought an unexpected but very welcome rally in stock markets, as many equity ETFs enjoyed their best month of the year. September also set a number of records from the product development perspective in the ETF industry; more than two dozen new funds from a handful of different issuers hit the […]

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As the ETF industry has grown rapidly in recent years, many of the best-known tickers have attracted the majority of new assets. While these “super-tickers” include the building blocks of many buy-and-hold portfolios, some funds receiving considerably less attention present intriguing options as well. Below, we profile five more ETFs that are generally flying under […]

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EGShares, the only ETF issuer to maintain a product line dedicated exclusively to emerging markets funds, announced today the latest addition to its lineup. The Emerging Markets Consumer Titans Index Fund (ECON) will be the first U.S.-listed ETF offering exposure to a corner of the market overlooked by many existing emerging markets ETFs: consumer goods […]

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