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On March 12, 1996, iShares launched a suite of 17 single-country focused ETFs, all of which still trade to this day. It marked iShares’ entrance into the ETF world and the third launch in the history of the industry. A lot has happened since these funds made their debut, including recessions, bull runs, and a number of major world events that have shaped markets throughout the years. [click to continue…]

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Since the financial crisis of 2008, the global economy has faced several significant headwinds. Though the U.S. has showed signs of economic progress–as exemplified by the Fed’s decision to begin tapering–the eurozone continues to recover from its debt-crisis. In 2013, however, the eurozone finally managed to log in its first positive GDP reading after 18 months of contraction, giving investors glimmers of hope for Europe’s ability to bounce back.

Analysts have now become increasingly bullish on European equities; according to the IMF, the euro-area is expected to grow 2.5% this year, and 2.7% in 2015. For a better perspective of Europe’s current economic position, we take a look at how each country fared in recent years, highlighting the 1-, 3-, and trailing 5-year performances of the single-country European ETFs (data as of January 17, 2013). For a full list of ETFs used in the heatmaps, see below charts [see Macro Report: 2014's Fastest Growing Economies]. [click to continue…]

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Over the past few years, the world economy has undeniably struggled against significant headwinds after the unprecedented financial crisis rocked the markets in 2008. But while the U.S. has seemingly stayed on track to economic recovery, the eurozone has struggled to overcome its debt burdens. Until recently, most investors have remained understandably bearish on the […]

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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 […]

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Wall Street was in for another volatile day of trading, as a slew of economic reports and brewing worries over Europe weighed heavily on investors. U.S. jobless claims fell once again last week to 366,000, just shy of the of 360,000 expected. Domestic fourth-quarter productivity fell 2%, while unit labor costs rose 4.5%. In a separate report, […]

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Brief History Of ETFs

by on September 11, 2012 | Updated December 8, 2014

Exchange-traded products are ubiquitous in the world of investing. The more than 1,600 products have accumulated billions of dollars, and are widely used by all types of investors, from individuals with relatively small accounts and simple strategies to sophisticated hedge funds managing billions. So it may be hard to believe that the ETF industry is […]

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After a strong three-day winning streak, investors seemingly took a breather today as markets struggled to find a definitive direction. U.S. equities zigzagged in a narrow range, dipping periodically in and out of red territory. Perhaps an appropriate analogy for today would be comparing the price action on Wall Street to the world’s most boring roller […]

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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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This week sees earnings season kick into full gear, and most companies will be trying to shake off the blow that JP Morgan delivered with light revenues on Friday. Earnings season is always a major market mover, but for the US, the past few strong earnings periods have been overshadowed by things like the euro […]

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ETFs To Play AAA Europe

by on January 11, 2012 | Updated January 13, 2012

As most investors are painfully aware at this point, Europe is not in the best of fiscal shape at present. The continent is in the midst of a prolonged debt crisis that is now threatening the continued existence of the euro, and has transformed the region into a form of portfolio Kryptonite; most investors won’t […]

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This past week was one of the most volatile in recent memory as traders digested news of an S&P downgrade of American debt and continued uncertainty in the euro zone. Markets oscillated by more than 4% on most days with sharp changes in the final hour of trading being pretty much the norm throughout the week for […]

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As the ETF industry has continued to expand, now with 1,300+ products to choose from, investors now have more ways than ever to make a play on their favorite market, sector, or region. One of the biggest advantages of ETFs over their mutual fund counterparts is their abundant liquidity; they can be traded intraday just […]

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