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2013 was a year emerging market equity investors would rather forget, as the impact of the global economic slowdown weighed heavily on these once rapidly growing economies. The emerging economies hit hardest were once the most promising investments, namely Brazil, Russia, India, and China – the BRIC nations. Despite the bump in the road, however, investors should not completely write off these investments, as over the years, this corner of the market has typically exhibited some of the most lucrative returns and highest growth potentials [see ETF Winners & Losers from the Ben Bernanke Era]. [click to continue…]

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As the ETF industry continues its rapid expansion, investors now have over 1,400 products to choose from to fit their every investment whim. But perhaps one of the key factors in selecting an appropriate fund is the level of diversification it offers to a portfolio. International and emerging market equity ETFs have certainly proven to be great diversifying agents, as their uncorrelated returns have brought new and lucrative opportunities [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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The aftermath of the most recent financial crisis has yet to be fully resolved as much of the developed world is still plagued by the weight of its own debt. In Europe, lawmakers are struggling to ensure stability as many of the largest economies in the region are slowly and surely losing their fiscal footing […]

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Mixed Data Welcomes Choppy Trading

by on June 16, 2012 | Updated June 18, 2012

Equity markets were fairly range-bound all week as investors were quick to buy on optimism and even quicker to take profits given the looming uncertainties at home and overseas. Concerning economic data releases on the homefront spooked investors while at the same time bolstering hopes for additional stimulus in the coming week. On the international front, investors […]

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Buy On The Dip With Caution

by on June 11, 2012

Equity markets have kicked off the week on a positive note although profit taking pressures continue to lurk around the corner as analysts scrutinize the Spanish bank-bailout plan proposed over the weekend. Domestic major equity indexes appear to have regained their footing; the S&P 500 Index has bounced off support at the 1,275 level and […]

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iShares added to its already robust lineup of emerging markets this week with two new regional products designed to deliver targeted exposure to companies in the developing world. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Latin America Index Fund (EEML) will target an index consisting of stocks in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, while the iShares […]

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As the ETF universe has expanded dramatically over the last several years, many investors have taken advantage of this asset class to tap into international equity markets. With single-country ETFs dedicated to dozens of developed and emerging markets, accessing the major (and not-so-major) stock markets around the globe has never been easier.  When evaluating international […]


This past year has shaped out to be nothing short of a roller coaster ride for investors. Confidence in the global economic recovery was rattled after disaster struck in Japan; waves of uncertainty spread across financial markets as the economic superpower coped with one of the worst earthquakes in its history. On the home front, […]

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Cold Turkey For Europe

by on November 23, 2011

Investors can’t seem to catch a break this week as sentiment continues to sway from fearful to hopeful, paving the way for profit taking and choppy trading across all markets. The spotlight remains fixated on the debt burdened Euro zone and investors worries continue to overshadow the encouraging economic data releases at home. Positive news […]

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Will The Supercommittee Surprise?

by on November 21, 2011

Resurfacing Italian debt woes paved the way for persistent volatility in the markets last week, further deteriorating the economic outlook of the financially fragile currency bloc. Selling pressures overwhelmed the bulls on Wall Street, despite a host of better-than-expected economic data releases on the home front, including surprisingly strong retail sales, new home starts, industrial […]

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Mr. Market’s Wild Ride

by on August 13, 2011

All aboard the roller coaster! Market activity this past week was all sorts of absurd; equity indexes fluctuated wildly between huge gains one day and devastating losses the next. Investors are still visibly shaken from the debt ceiling drama of last week coupled with S&P’s downgrade of U.S. credit quality, which triggered a brutal sell […]

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Panic Sparks Gold Rally

by on August 10, 2011 | Updated April 26, 2013

Monday was a dismal day on Wall Street as investors prepared for the worst and ran far from equity markets after the release of S&P’s downgrade of U.S. credit quality to AA+ from its coveted AAA rating. Panic-selling caught on like wildfire and domestic equity indexes slid by as much as 6% on Monday alone, […]

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