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Van Eck has become the latest ETF issuer to announce ETF fee reductions, lowering the expense ratios on two of its country-specific international ETFs. Effective January 26, the expense cap on the Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF (IDX) was lowered from 0.68% to 0.60%. The expense cap on the Market Vectors Poland Index ETF (PLND) was lowered from 0.65% to 0.60%. The expense reductions will remain in place until at least May 1, 2012. “International funds generally have higher net expense ratios than domestic funds but we try to pass on lower expenses to shareholders as we achieve economies of scale,” said Jan van Eck, Principal at Van Eck
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As investors have grown more comfortable allocating more significant portions of portfolios to emerging markets, the number of ETFs offering exposure to these regions of the world has surged in recent years. Exchange-traded products now exist offering investors exposure to a variety of markets that were once hard-to-access for all but the largest and most sophisticated investors. As the “home country bias” has eased and developed market investors have embraced emerging market equities, the first shift was towards the most-well known of the emerging countries–Brazil, India, and China. But many are now beginning to look beyond these three giants for attractive opportunities  in smaller and often forgotten countries. Many of these markets, such as Colombia, Turkey, and Malaysia, have provided huge gains to investors bold enough to take a chance and venture beyond the often saturated markets of the BRIC economies. [click to continue…]

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After watching rival Vanguard roll out more than a dozen domestic equity ETFs earlier this month, iShares continues to focus its attention on international stock markets, rolling out three new ETFs on Wednesday. The new funds include the MSCI Philippines Investable Market Index Fund (EPHE), MSCI Small Cap Brazil Index Fund (EWZS), and MSCI Small […]

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As the term ‘BRIC’ has entered the average American’s lexicon over the past two decades, many investors have seen the promise and peril of exposure to these rising superpowers. As more have invested and globalization has occurred, the correlation between these markets and industrialized nations has risen substantially; the once untapped markets see billions of […]

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Over the last several years, the ETF industry has seemingly been locked in to “three steps forward, one step back” mode. August was the most recent step back, as ETFs experienced net cash outflows for only the second time this year. Total ETF assets declined by about $20 billion during the month, and outflows totaled […]

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As Western nations’ economies continue to crumble, many are beginning to see the benefits of a well diversified economy which has a robust industrial base. Countries with these economies have held up better than most no matter what stage their development as industrial jobs stay in demand thanks to growing Asian economies. Resource-rich nations such […]

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Trouble has been brewing for sometime now in developed markets; high unemployment rates and slow growth in the U.S. have combined with a gloomy currency outlook and huge budget deficits in Europe to leave many worried about two of the most important economic areas in the world. However, emerging markets have continued to soar higher […]

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Most investors aren’t exactly anxious to discuss the recent performance of their portfolios after the worst recession in a generation wiped out as much as 70% of some asset classes. But on the whole, the last 15 months have given investors plenty of reasons to smile, as global equity markets staged an impressive comeback in […]

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As the U.S. ETF industry has grown to nearly 1,000 products and $800 billion in assets, the pace of innovation in the industry has been remarkable. As issuers have rushed to claim their spot in the rapidly-expanding space, most have focused not on duplicating existing products, but rather being first-to-market with a unique type of […]

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As economies and major indexes tumbled around the world in May, it was once again developed markets that were to blame for the weakness. Lingering concerns over the health of the euro has had a devastating effect on all of the economies in Europe, while the fallout from the Gulf oil seems ready to weigh […]

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After slumping for weeks on concerns over Europe’s drag on growth and escalating tensions in Korea, global equity markets finally showed signs of life on Wednesday. Emerging markets were once again leading the way higher, although it was not China and India delivering the day’s biggest gains. With fears over the sustainability of China’s growth […]

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The latest ETF figures show that iShares still has a solid grip on the top spot on the totem pole, but that hasn’t stopped the industry leader from rolling out new products in an attempt to increase its market share. The latest additions to the iShares product line were rolled out on Friday, including a […]

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