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While bullish momentum has dominated U.S. equity markets this year, Chinese stocks have not fared as well. In recent months, several key economic reports from the nation have come in below expectations, forcing the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index to fall more than 2% year-to-date. But for those willing to stomach a higher level of risk, recent developments from China’s security regulator may provide some intriguing opportunities for investors [see Single Country ETFs: Everything Investors Need To Know].  [click to continue…]

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Over the past several years China has become an increasingly important component of U.S. investor portfolios, as it has become increasingly clear that the Asian economy is positioned to be the primary driver of global GDP growth for the foreseeable future. Those looking for exposure to the massive emerging market have embraced a number of ETFs that target the country; there are more than a dozen China ETFs that have aggregate assets of more than $15 billion (in addition to billions more in broad-based emerging market ETFs).

While the various China ETFs out there may be generally influenced by the same macroeconomic factors, they are far from identical. In fact, the differences from one China ETF to the next can be significant, and have a meaningful impact on performance [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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As the ETF industry continues its rapid expansion, investors now have over 1,400 products to choose from to fit their every investment whim. But perhaps one of the key factors in selecting an appropriate fund is the level of diversification it offers to a portfolio. International and emerging market equity ETFs have certainly proven to […]

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China has become a very popular destination for many investors; the tremendous long-term growth potential, favorable demographic trends, and growing global presence make it hard to ignore when building a long-term portfolio. ETFs can be a cost-efficient way to access this market, but there are some potential drawbacks as well. Many of the most popular China […]

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ETF Research Report Now Available: China ETFs In Focus

by on July 31, 2011 | Updated August 3, 2011

Over the past few years it has become increasingly clear that China is now the most important economy in the world. Though second to the U.S. in total size, China accounts directly for a significant portion of global GDP growth and has contributed indirectly to expansion in developed and emerging markets around the globe–particularly resource […]

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As the ETF industry has continued to expand at a breakneck pace, the introduction of first-to-market products has become somewhat commonplace. Well more than 100 ETFs have debuted this year, many of them targeting an asset class or investment strategy not previously accessible within the ETF wrapper. Recent weeks have seen the debut of the […]

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In recent years interest in achieving exposure to emerging markets has intensified tremendously, as the developing economies of the world have established themselves as the clear leaders of GDP growth while advanced economies have struggled to regain their footing. While there are dozens of countries that fall under “emerging” status, exposure to this investment strategy […]

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Today marks the first day of trading for the Market Vectors Russia Small-Cap ETF (RSXJ), the first exchange-traded product offering U.S. investors exposure to small cap Russian stocks. The new fund from Van Eck will seek to replicate the performance of the Market Vectors Russia Small-Cap Index, a benchmark that includes about 35 small cap […]

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Van Eck announced the latest addition to its fast-growing ETF lineup today, rolling out a fund that offers exposure to small cap German companies. The Market Vectors Germany Small-Cap ETF (GERJ) will seek to replicate the Market Vectors Germany Small-Cap Index, a benchmark that includes small cap companies listed in Germany or that generate at least […]

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In recent years, emerging markets have been established as the clear leaders of global GDP growth, while the economies of the U.S. and western Europe have stalled. Developed markets are facing stubbornly high unemployment and limited flexibility thanks to mounting debt burdens, while emerging markets continue to race ahead. In a recent economics paper, Goldman […]

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Once upon a time, exposure to the Chinese stock market was a binary decision for U.S. investors–they either had it or they didn’t. Thanks in part to increased flexibility in cross-border listings and in part to the proliferation of exchange-traded funds, investors now have countless options for exposure to the world’s second largest economy.

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Emerging Market ETFs: Seven Factors Every Investor Should Consider

by on November 9, 2010 | Updated December 14, 2012

No matter where investors look in the developed world, the picture isn’t pretty. While the U.S. unemployment remains intolerably high, and uncertainty over the lasting effects of the latest round of QE and the coming fiscal cliff will continue to hang over stock markets. In Europe efforts to control surging deficits have been met with […]

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