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In a global economy, where what happens in one country can have ripple effects around the world, investors are discovering the value of investing outside the United States. Emerging markets are countries that are in a strong growth phase, as opposed to more established nations that see more gradual growth. There are several benefits to investing in emerging markets; while this segment of the market is still viewed as risky, the higher returns often counter-balance this risk for investors seeking to jump-start their portfolio. The returns are also not necessarily correlated to the U.S. market, providing a diversification benefit [see also Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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For many investors, emerging market equities have long held their appeal as key diversifying agents and great potentials for growth and lucrative returns. When looking to add exposure to this corner of the market, most turn to the popular and perhaps more obvious choices, namely Brazil, Russia, India and China. But, of course, in the emerging market space, there are a wide array of options, and for those willing to stomach the risk, the potential rewards are certainly enticing [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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The FTSE Group, one of the leading indexing firms, recently announced the results of its Annual Country Classification Review, the process by which global equity markets are classified as Developed, Advanced Emerging, Secondary Emerging or Frontier using a scale of 21 “Qualities of Market” criteria. There were no reclassifications this year, but a couple more additions […]

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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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Throughout the past couple of years, investors have witnessed just how far and how deep the Euro Zone’s debt crisis has spread throughout the global financial market. As looming uncertainty and volatility continues to be a dominating force, many have flocked to their preferred “safe haven” investments, abandoning some of the more profitable and potentially lucrative corners of the market. […]

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As hundreds of billions of dollars have flowed into exchange-traded products in recent years, international equity ETFs have been a particularly popular destination. As investors have shed their “home country bias” and recognized the importance of meaningful international equity allocations, the low costs and instant diversification offered by the exchange-traded structure have understandably served as […]

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Over the past few years, many investors have taken a closer look at emerging markets in order to power their portfolios in a sluggish economic environment. A great deal of interest has been seen in the major BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, while smaller markets in Asia and Latin America have also […]

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Earlier this week, communication and IT industry giant Cisco Systems announced a massive push into the Russian market by investing more than $1 billion in the country over the next decade. The company will also be providing $100 million in venture capital  in order to establish a “dedicated physical presence” in a planned technology hub […]

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One of the greatest spectacles in sports kicks off in South Africa over the weekend, with 32 countries gathering to compete in the final stages of the World Cup. Even the economists of the world have taken an interest in the upcoming matches; ABN Amro recently released a note predicting that the world economy would […]

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In recent weeks, the fiscal health of Europe has dominated headlines of the financial presses and moved to the forefront of many investors’  minds. With most expecting the worst in Greece, attention has turned to the handful of other cash-strapped governments across the continent, with investors wondering which will be the next to buckle under […]

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Emerging markets investing has grown in popularity immensely over the past few years, and a host of new ETFs have popped up targeting specific niches in many of the world’s most popular developing economies. Once upon a time, the only options available to investors were broad-based funds, we have seen more granular products targeting specific […]

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One of the major stories in recent weeks has been the resurgence of the U.S. dollar against many of its major rivals, as the greenback has reclaimed much of the ground lost in recent months against the yen, pound, and Australian dollar. But the dollar’s biggest surge has come against the euro, which has been […]

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