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Taper talks came into focus once again this week after the Federal Reserve gave somewhat of a positive outlook on the economy, leaving investors speculating when the central bank will begin tapering its bond purchases. Meanwhile, investors also weighed a slew of earnings reports this week from big name companies; ConocoPhillips (COP), Apple (AAPL), and Facebook (FB) all beat analysts’ expectations, while Exxon Mobil (XOM) posted better-than-expected Q3 profit and revenue, despite an 18% decline in profits [see How To Invest In 2013's Breakthrough Technologies]. [click to continue…]

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Gaining exposure to the global equities market is in itself a daunting task, but with the evolution of the ETF industry, investors can now gain cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe through a single ticker. And as these global equity ETFs become more and more popular, issuers are taking it one step further, providing true international exposure without featuring any allocations to domestic securities. The global ex-U.S. strategy is a popular one; investors can add a broad layer of diversification benefits to their portfolios, as international equities can often provide uncorrelated returns to domestic markets [see 10 Questions About ETFs You've Been Too Afraid To Ask]. [click to continue…]

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The ETF industry has been routinely praised for its innovation over the last several years, which is no doubt a contributing factor to the surge in interest and assets. Generally, reference to such innovation relates to the growth in the product lineup, as issuers of all sizes have launched a number of creative, first-to-market products […]


After decades of flying high and shrugging off crises around the world, U.S. equity markets have fallen on some tough times. The epicenter of the mortgage crisis that evolved into a global recession has scared away many investors away from the U.S. markets, afraid that the worst is yet to come and that the “glory days” […]

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