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Since the financial crisis of 2008, the global economy has faced several significant headwinds. Though the U.S. has showed signs of economic progress–as exemplified by the Fed’s decision to begin tapering–the eurozone continues to recover from its debt-crisis. In 2013, however, the eurozone finally managed to log in its first positive GDP reading after 18 months of contraction, giving investors glimmers of hope for Europe’s ability to bounce back.

Analysts have now become increasingly bullish on European equities; according to the IMF, the euro-area is expected to grow 2.5% this year, and 2.7% in 2015. For a better perspective of Europe’s current economic position, we take a look at how each country fared in recent years, highlighting the 1-, 3-, and trailing 5-year performances of the single-country European ETFs (data as of January 17, 2013). For a full list of ETFs used in the heatmaps, see below charts [see Macro Report: 2014's Fastest Growing Economies]. [click to continue…]

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In recent years, bullish momentum has been an undeniable force on Wall Street. Across the globe, however, this has not necessarily been the case. With funds flowing out of emerging market equities, and the euro debt crisis weighing heavily on several developed economies, certain corners of the world have not fared as well. Despite this, investors have still managed to capture lucrative returns from the foreign equities space [see 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013].  [click to continue…]

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When it comes to portfolio allocation strategies, foreign investments are certainly one of the main go-tos as investors look to various corners of the market for more meaningful and stable returns. Adding exposure to equities from around the globe not only provides great diversification benefits, it also has the to potential to produce uncorrelated returns that may […]

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Through the evolution of the global economy and ETF marketspace, investors now have access to funds and companies that they may have never even known about only five years ago. Perhaps one of the largest leaps for international investors is the opening up of frontier and emerging markets, a high risk and reward strategy many […]

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To put it mildly, European stocks have had a rough couple of years, as the eurozone sovereign-debt crisis continues to plague the continent. And with many economies in the eurozone continuing to teeter on the edge of default (or forced bailouts), investors around the globe have remained understandably leery of any investments made within the shaky […]

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As many economies in the Euro zone continue to teeter on the edge of default (or forced bailouts), investors around the globe remain understandably leery of any investments made within the shaky economy. After several years of painstaking measures and efforts made towards stabilizing the region, central bankers are still forced to piece together massive […]

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Five ETF Surprises From The First Half

by on June 28, 2012 | Updated July 27, 2012

As an up-and-down (and up again) first half of the year draws to a close, many portfolios have managed to squeeze out moderate gains so far in 2012. Looking around at the various exchange-traded products reveals some interesting results after what can only be described as an exciting six month stretch. While many ETFs have […]

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To put it mildly, Europe stocks have had a rough couple of years, as the Euro Zone sovereign-debt crisis continues to plague the continent. Although allocations to this sector have understandably diminished in recent years, European equities remain a key component of many long-term, buy-and-hold portfolios, seeing as how they nicely round out international exposure as […]

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One of the most anticipated and watched sporting events in the world, the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship kicked off late last week. Euro 2012 marks a milestone for first-time host countries Ukraine and Poland, and many are hoping that the soccer tournament brings prosperity and inspires hope in the debt-burdened continent. There are competing […]

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Not too long ago, the Irish economy was the envy of much of the developed world. The country quickly developed a knowledge-based economy and saw high levels of growth for a number of years, thanks in large part to its ultra-low corporate tax rate which is at just 12.5%. Yet, the boom didn’t last and […]

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So far in 2011 more than 200 new exchange-traded products have debuted, taking the ETF lineup close to the 1,300 mark. Over the past several years, the exposure accessible through ETFs has become increasingly granular; while some of the new products debuting are “plain vanilla” funds linked to well known indexes (such as the recent […]

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While reports of jobless rates in the U.S. or the pace of inflation in China occasionally pop to the top of the headlines, the last several months have seen the spotlight focused on European markets as the continent continues to battle a debt crisis that has threatened to derail a fragile economic recovery. While the […]

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