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The ever-expanding ETF universe has spawned an array of instruments that have allowed investors of all walks and styles to shed their home country bias. Through the purchase of a single ticker, investors can now easily tap into dozens of markets overseas that were previously too difficult to reach for most. As a result, foreign equity and emerging markets ETFs have found their way into countless portfolios as investors geographically diversify their holdings while the global recovery picks up steam [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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In a global economy, where what happens in one country can have ripple effects around the world, investors are discovering the value of investing outside the United States. Emerging markets are countries that are in a strong growth phase, as opposed to more established nations that see more gradual growth. There are several benefits to investing in emerging markets; while this segment of the market is still viewed as risky, the higher returns often counter-balance this risk for investors seeking to jump-start their portfolio. The returns are also not necessarily correlated to the U.S. market, providing a diversification benefit [see also Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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In yet another choppy trading session, stocks wiped out most of the day’s earlier losses to finish flat as investors remained reluctant to jump in. With no new domestic economic reports today, investors shifted their focus to corporate earnings; media giants Walt Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) both posted Q4 earnings that exceeded analysts […]

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All In Green

by on October 6, 2012

Stock markets broadly moved higher throughout the week as bullish sentiment kept momentum alive, although Friday’s better-than-expected U.S. employment report certainly helped to justify recent price action on Wall Street. Amid the improving landscape, our ETF trade ideas posted solid gains as our anticipation of a “risk on” wave proved correct. Aside from pre-election jitters, […]

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Technicals Favor Stocks

by on October 1, 2012 | Updated October 5, 2012

Despite a number of choppy trading sessions on Wall Street last week, major equity indexes remain in an uptrend as buyers have returned on every dip. Mixed economic reports at home will continue to take a backseat to headlines from Europe as the debt crisis overseas remains a much more important catalyst for global markets. […]

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Emerging markets stocks are a core holding in the portfolios of many investors: developing economies such as China and India account for a growing portion of global GDP, and a significant percentage of all global GDP growth. ETFs have become popular tools for tapping into this asset class; the low cost structures, intraday liquidity, and […]

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Throughout the past couple of years, investors have witnessed just how far and how deep the Euro Zone’s debt crisis has spread throughout the global financial market. As looming uncertainty and volatility continues to be a dominating force, many have flocked to their preferred “safe haven” investments, abandoning some of the more profitable and potentially lucrative corners of the market. […]

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2011 Ends With A Whimper

by on December 31, 2011

Wall Street was fairly tame these last few trading days of the year as light volume trading and an uncertain economic backdrop gave way to a less-than-spectacular finale to one of the most volatile years in financial history. Amongst the major domestic equity indexes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was the only one to finish […]

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Slick Picks For Year End Bulls

by on December 27, 2011

Equity markets inched higher last week as news from the Euro zone was sparse, while economic data releases on the home front surprised to the upside. The final trading week of one of the most volatile periods in financial history is sure to abundant with more of the same: excitement, drama, and perhaps even the […]

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Euro Drama Far From Gone

by on November 12, 2011

European debt woes dominated headlines all of last week yet again as investor worries over the debt burdened currency bloc continue to weigh down on the markets. Euphoria swept over the markets after Berlusconi’s resignation announcement earlier in the week, paving the way higher for European and U.S. equities alike.  However, fear quickly returned the […]

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Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day

by on November 9, 2011

Equity markets rejoiced all of last week as the cloud of uncertainty looming over the Greek debt crisis appeared to be shrinking. Euphoria quickly evaporated this week however, as equity indexes resumed their volatile ways thanks to resurfacing Italian debt woes. News of Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi resigning lifted stocks on Tuesday, although investor confidence […]

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Bulls Look To Stampede Over Euro Drama

by on November 7, 2011

Financial markets saw a whirlwind of activity last week as Euro zone debt woes swayed investor sentiment from euphoric to fearful. Equity markets came under serious selling pressures after news of a Greek referendum reignited default fears. Confidence in the currency bloc quickly returned however as the Greeks rescinded their referendum and bullish investors were […]

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