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Clouds of uncertainty have plagued Europe since late 2009 as the region’s financially fragile state has taken its toll on investors’ confidence. While many of the currency bloc’s member nations have demonstrated great resilience in finding their way back to prosperity, economic powerhouses like Italy and Spain continue to pose a threat to the region’s financial stability [see our Euro Free Europe ETFdb Portfolio].

With more than 30 Europe ETFs to choose from, investors might be hesitant to dip their toes in country-specific markets overseas given the laundry list of woes plaguing the region. While the European landscape is undeniably volatile, a closer look at some of the biggest country-specific ETFs from the region reveals noteworthy standouts for those looking to take advantage of the lucrative upside potential at hand.

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Correction Pressures Are Mounting

by on March 18, 2013

The bears swept in Monday morning after worrisome news from the Euro zone over the weekend prompted a rapid sell-off at Wall Street’s opening bell. Profit taking pressures were quick to emerge after it was reported that European policymakers proposed a tax on Cypriot bank deposits, leading many to worry that this policy change could spill over to larger nations in the debt-burdened currency bloc, namely Italy and Spain [see also How To Hedge With ETFs].

Weekly Outlook

Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:

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Despite a relatively choppy trading session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to post yet another historic close and logged in the first 9-day win streak since November of 1996. Fueling equities was a better-than-expected report on U.S. retail sales, which jumped 1.1% in February. Retail Sales excluding autos also came in slightly higher than […]

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Though stocks managed to claw their way off their session lows, Wall Street was in for a volatile trading day as disappointing economic reports and looming uncertainties concerning the Fed’s policies put selling pressures on the market. For the most part, equities tumbled amid worries the central bank might scale back or completely end its […]

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Equity markets kicked off the first full trading week of 2013 with a whimper as profit-taking pressures made an appearance across Wall Street. With fiscal cliff woes off everyone’s mind until February at least, the headline development in focus over the coming weeks will certainly be corporate earnings season. Aluminum giant Alcoa kicks off the ceremonies later […]

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ETFs continue to find their way into countless portfolios as investors of all styles have embraced these innovative tools for executing long-term strategies. Although the diversification benefits offered through the exchange-traded product structure are extremely valuable, many investors often times overlook the fact that even the most diversified portfolio is susceptible to rampant volatility. The integration of global financial […]

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The financial crash of 2008 has forever changed the way investors approach the market. After seeing bottom-line returns crumble before their eyes, many are now understandably wary of particularly risky asset classes. Portfolio allocation strategies have now become a game of musical chairs, as investors shift their assets to and from various sectors trying to park […]

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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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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 […]

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With the finish line in sight, it’s fairly safe to say that 2011 will be remembered by most investors as a wild, back-and-forth year that brought plenty of both hope and despair. A hot start raised optimism of a continued recovery after a generally impressive 2011, but the summer months were anything but relaxing; major […]

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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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It’s no secret that the euro-zone has been the center of market turmoil for the past few weeks as well as a lingering issue for the past year. The thorn in investors’ side comes from a slew of fiscal issues that have already led to one unsuccessful bailout, prompting another austerity package that has yet to be put in […]

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