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As ETFs have grown from a closet industry to a mainstream investing option, funds offering exposure to nearly every corner of the globe have popped up. But the exposure offered by international ETFs has historically been very broad in nature. Whereas U.S. investors have long had access to funds targeting various sectors (and even subsectors) of the U.S. economy, international funds have generally offered “all or nothing” exposure – the only options own the entire economy. For many investors seeking well-diversified exposure, this approach has been acceptable, and funds have flowed into international ETFs at an incredible pace.

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According to the National Stock Exchange, total cash flows into exchange-traded products through the first ten months of the year have totaled more than $72 billion, an indication that the ETF industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. While this figure is down slightly from the same period in 2008, it is widely expected that the ETF space will continue to expand, transitioning from a closet industry to a mainstream investment vehicle embraced by buy-and-holders and short-term traders alike. [click to continue…]

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iShares, the issuer behind the ultra-popular MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (EEM), is planning to expand its emerging market product offerings, filing for approval on two sector-specific ETFs, the MSCI Emerging Markets Financial Sector Index Fund and the MSCI Emerging Markets Material Sector Index Fund. Historically, emerging markets ETFs have offered broad market exposure, inclusive […]

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Earnings season continued on Wednesday with announcements from several major global energy firms. Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest oil company, reported earnings of $4.7 billion, or 98 cents per share, representing a 68% drop from year ago levels when the company set earnings records. Analysts had been expecting earnings of $1.06 per share, and Exxon’s […]

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Why You Need An Emerging Market ETF

by on October 9, 2009 | Updated April 29, 2013

Historically, most U.S. investors steered the vast majority of their equity holdings into domestic stocks, shying away from emerging markets because of their “excessive” volatility. But over the last few years, U.S. markets have experienced unprecedented turbulence and a prolonged downturn while many emerging markets have proved to be surprisingly resilient in the face of […]

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September was one of the most active months in the ETF industry in recent memory. We saw a wave of new fund launches from industry leaders and smaller players alike, along with perhaps the first of many commodity fund closures. September saw the introduction of another actively-managed ETF, proposals on several more innovative funds, and […]

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Emerging Global Advisors on Wednesday launched the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Financials Titans Index Fund (EFN), the first exchange-traded fund to offer targeted exposure to banks, insurance companies, and financial institutions in emerging markets. EFN brings Emerging Global Advisors’ line of products to four, with the other three including:

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