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China has confirmed its status as an integral part of the growth engine driving the global economy, which is why its recent investing activity may be leading some U.S. investors to worry. Most people know that China is sitting on a hefty pile of foreign exchange reserves, approximately $3.2 trillion, however, fewer investors are aware that the Asian behemoth has been increasingly diversifying away from the United States [see also Asia-Centric ETFdb Portfolio].

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The Euro zone debt crisis has been at the forefront since late 2009 when it became apparent that Greece was struggling to curb its towering deficit. Greece unsuccessfully implemented several austerity meassures aimed at restoring financial stability, ultimately succumbing to a bailout package in early May of 2010. History has repeated itself since then seeing as how Greek debt woes remain a burden despite a second bailout package. Investors have seemingly brushed aside lingering debt drama for the past few weeks as encouraging economic data on the home front has bolstered equities higher [see ETF Insider: Did Wall Street Forget About Greece?]. The bulls need to be aware that the overseas debt drama is far from resolved, and could spark more worries in months to come.

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Just a few years ago there were only a handful of bond ETFs available to U.S. investors, and almost all of them focused on securities from U.S. issuers denominated in U.S. dollars. One of the most noteworthy innovations to shape the ETF industry over the last several years has been a significant growth in international […]

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Top 10 Noteworthy ETF Trends Of 2011

by on December 26, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

The curtain is about to drop on 2011, a year that will go down as a record-breaking period for the rapidly-expanding ETF industry. More than 300 exchange-traded products began trading this year, with dozens of issuers rolling out new products. While some of the new additions bear a striking resemblance to more established products on […]

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Euro Bond ETFs: Big Yields, Big Risks

by on November 30, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

Europe has been in the spotlight throughout the last several months as the continent has fought an increasingly desperate battle to ward off a wave of sovereign debt defaults that could ultimately lead to the end of the euro. While much of the attention–particularly from international investors–has focused on tumbling stocks, bond markets across the […]

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WisdomTree Rolls Out Australian Bond ETF (AUNZ)

by on October 25, 2011 | Updated May 14, 2013

WisdomTree, the issuer behind a number of popular international debt ETFs, followed through today on the previously announced conversion of its Dreyfus New Zealand Dollar Fund (previously traded under the ticker BNZ) to the Australian & New Zealand Debt Fund (AUNZ). The revised fund will continue to be actively managed, with the investment objective changing […]

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WisdomTree completed a number of previously announced changes to its ETF lineup this week, making minor changes to seven of the company’s equity funds. Four ETFs received new tickers as a result of the overhaul:

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Complete List Of Active ETFs

by on June 5, 2011 | Updated November 16, 2012

Since PowerShares debuted its first active ETFs in the spring of 2008, this corner of the exchange-traded product market has grown tremendously. Though many active ETFs have been somewhat slow to accumulate assets, the increase in the size of the lineup highlights the trend towards vehicles that combine active management with the exchange-traded structure [see […]

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WisdomTree, the New York-based firm behind more than 45 ETFs, reported first quarter net income of $0.2 million, the first profitable quarter for the publicly-traded ETF issuer. ETF assets at the end of Q1 totaled $11.3 billion, up nearly 70% from the same period a year earlier. “WisdomTree is extremely pleased to report our first […]

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In general, 2010 has been a pretty solid year for most portfolios. Despite lingering concerns about unemployment and mounting debt burdens, most global equity markets have moved higher on the year. Commodity markets have been red hot, with prices of many natural resources climbing to new highs thanks to strong demand from emerging markets and […]

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Time For A Leveraged Euro ETF?

by on May 20, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

It seems like ages ago that the future of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency was in serious doubt, with the euro being held out as one viable replacement. But with Greece on the brink of a fiscal collapse and several major European economies struggling to reel in ballooning budget deficits, it is […]

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Five Surprising Facts About The ETF Industry

by on April 14, 2010 | Updated April 15, 2010

As ETFs have transitioned from a closet industry to a mainstream investment vehicle, a growing number of investors has become familiar with the exchange-traded structure and the nuances of of the industry. Most advisors now recognize the “super tickers”–SPY, GLD, EEM, etc.–and have a good feel for the size and scope of the industry. But […]

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