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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we profiled the top performing ETFs in more than 60 ETFdb Categories covering all major asset classes. ETFs that launched in 2010 were excluded, as were those that stopped trading during the year [for more ETF insights, sign up for our free ETF newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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Earlier today the World Economic Forum released its yearly Global Competitiveness Report, which ranks 139 countries in the world on a variety of factors the Forum believes determines the level of productivity of a country, including the set of institutions, policies, and government programs. The Forum believes that this rate of productivity “sets the sustainable level of prosperity that can be earned by an economy. In other words, more competitive economies tend to be able to produce higher levels of income for their citizens.” Not surprisingly, the countries at the top of the list tend to be rich, market-driven economies known for solid business practices or world-class institutions that give them competitive advantages over their regional rivals. [click to continue…]

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Equity markets started off in the red on last Monday and continued their downward trend on Tuesday after dismal housing data showed existing home sales plunged by more than 20% as buyers shied away from the market now that the tax credit for new purchases has expired. This news, compounded with new home sales on […]

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European equities have faced a tough stretch throughout 2010, as storm clouds brought on by unprecedented debt crises have yet to disperse. With drivers of GDP growth facing significant hurdles, many investors have pulled assets out of the beleaguered continent, selling off euro-denominated assets on their way to safe havens. Mounting debt balances and disparate […]

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Milton Friedman may no longer be with us, but the legend of the Nobel Prize winner has continued to build. Before his death in late 2006, Friedman predicted that the euro, one of the world’s most widely-used currencies, would not be able to withstand its first economic crisis. With much of Europe teetering on brink […]

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Just when many investors thought that the world economy was finally back on track, European debt markets were rocked by a crisis of confidence that sparked fresh concerns of a double dip recession and prolonged period of economic contraction. The sovereign debt crisis began earlier this year in Greece, but in recent months has been […]

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When the long-simmering debt crisis in Europe finally boiled over last week, chaos ripped through global equity markets. But the worst of the damage was done at the center of the storm, with many European equity markets plunging more than 10% on the week. Although most markets clawed back the ground lost with a sharp […]

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Three ETF Plays For Euro/Dollar Parity

by on May 10, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

The tumultuous last week has sent a shock wave through global equity markets, with major indexes slumping as a wave of risk aversion crashed over investors. The worst of the fallout from the deteriorating situation in Greece was felt closest to the eye of the storm, as European markets plummeted and investors sought to sell […]

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Since the beginning of the year, most European equity ETFs have gradually sunk deeper and deeper into the red, as concerns about mounting government debts and ratings downgrades have rippled throughout the continent. Of the ETFs included in the Europe Equities ETFdb Category, all but two are in negative territory on the year, with some losing […]

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Sweden ETF Bucks The Trend

by on February 10, 2010

Most European equity markets have fallen sharply through the first six weeks of 2010, as worries over an escalating crisis in Greece have spread throughout the region. Both broad-based funds and country-specific ETFs are far in the red: the iShares MSCI EMU Index Fund (EZU) has lost more than 10%, while the MSCI Spain Index […]

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Thanks to strong economic recoveries in Germany and France, the 16-country euro zone has now officially exited its worst recession in a half century. According to data released on Friday, the euro zone grew by 0.4% in the third quarter, compared with a 0.2% decline in the second quarter. Although the news strengthened hopes of […]

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Over the weekend in Germany, an alliance between the conservative Christian Democratic Union and the pro-business Free Democratic Party claimed a majority in Germany’s lower house of Parliament that could set the stage for slashes to government spending and income taxes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel now has a partner who supports implementing tax cuts, not […]

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