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Harvard University is perhaps the most prestigious college in the U.S. As the oldest institution of higher learning in the country, Harvard was also the first corporation chartered in the country. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the university is home to roughly 14,500 students who hail from all over the world. But aside from the obvious academic prestige that Harvard holds, it also has its hands in investing. The Harvard Management Company is a wholly-owned branch of the university, and is in charge of handling the endowment, pension assets, working capital, and non-cash gifts for the entire university. The company was founded in 1974 and now manages approximately 11,000 funds that make up its endowment as a whole [see also ETFs For The “Next 11″ Economies].

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As the term ‘BRIC’ has entered the average American’s lexicon over the past two decades, many investors have seen the promise and peril of exposure to these rising superpowers. As more have invested and globalization has occurred, the correlation between these markets and industrialized nations has risen substantially; the once untapped markets see billions of dollars flow into and out of their markets based on the risk appetites of developed market investors. While this phenomenon has given many portfolios much needed international exposure, some investors are wary of focusing emerging markets exposure on a handful of international economies that have benefited tremendously from a surge in foreign capital. [click to continue…]

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For investors looking to establish emerging market exposure, the economies of the BRIC nations are generally the default option. As growth has ground to a halt in the world’s developed economies, interest in emerging markets has surged and investors have begun digging deeper to uncover promising growth opportunities in the developing world. For those with […]

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Equity markets trended higher in choppy trading last week, as a brutal Wednesday was erased by a 3% surge in major indexes on Thursday. This upswing led to a 2.3% gain on the week for the S&P 500. Oil markets also trended higher on bullish demand data and worries about diminishing supplies; crude closed around […]

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With the developed markets of the world crippled by mounting debt, stagnant growth, and suddenly severe political risk, investors have undeniably begun allocating a larger portion of their portfolios to emerging markets. Boosted by ongoing urbanization, flexible and cheap manufacturing, and an abundance of natural resources, the developing economies have emerged as the leaders of […]

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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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When the soccer World Cup kicks off in Johannesburg this weekend, it will mark the beginning of one of the most anticipated sporting events of all time. The month-long tournament will showcase the world’s finest athletes and most passionate fans on a global stage. But also on display over the next four weeks will be […]

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Africa ETF: Ready To Surge?

by on March 9, 2010

In recent months a great deal has been written regarding the wildly different recoveries underway in the world’s developed and emerging economies. With the U.S. economy held in check by still mounting job losses and western Europe has facing a potential debt crisis, the world’s developing economies have emerged as the primary drivers of global […]

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The proliferation of commodity ETFs has brought this “fourth asset class” within reach of more investors than ever before. But as many have learned the hard way, resource fundamentals are only one of the factors that impact many exchange-traded commodities, and the nuances of the futures market often have a more significant impact than changes […]

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10 ETFs That Don’t Exist, But Should

by on September 9, 2009 | Updated June 24, 2010

The ETF industry has expanded by leaps and bounds in recent years, with new issuers entering the arena and countless new product launches that offer investors the ability to gain exposure to various geographic regions and investment styles. The first ETFs were essentially “plain vanilla” products that mirrored widely-followed equity benchmarks. Today, the vast majority […]

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