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The FTSE Group, one of the leading indexing firms, recently announced the results of its Annual Country Classification Review, the process by which global equity markets are classified as Developed, Advanced Emerging, Secondary Emerging or Frontier using a scale of 21 “Qualities of Market” criteria. There were no reclassifications this year, but a couple more additions to the “watch list” of countries that are being considered for promotion or demotion between FTSE’s market classifications.

Below we profile the countries living on the edge, as well as the ETF options available to play them [sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:  [click to continue…]

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First Trust announced the introduction of seven new single country international ETFs, dramatically expanding its lineup of international equity funds. Each of the new ETFs will be linked to indexes that utilize the AlphaDEX methodology that is used in a number of existing First Trust ETFs. The new ETFs are:  [click to continue…]

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