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Though some may not agree with the central bank’s economic policies, there is no denying that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s tenure will be one for the history books. The Georgia-born economist was first appointed as Chairman on February 1, 2006, during a time when the U.S. outlook was quite optimistic. The economic landscape, however, quickly changed during Bernanke’s tenure as the financial crisis began to unfold [see The Fed Effect: How Monetary Policy Impacts Your ETFs]. [click to continue…]

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For the last decade, Brazil has been an emerging super power, building in infrastructure and opportunities for nearly 40 million impoverished citizens to work their way into the middle class. But a shift is working its way through the economy; rising inflation, debt, and a weakening currency have stripped many in the middle class of that title. The tension boiled over last week when a small protest against bus-fare increases was brutally squashed by the police force, and now people have taken to the street in droves to protest their government’s spending practices [see Single Country ETFs: Everything Investors Need To Know].  [click to continue…]

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All Aboard The Bull Train

by on April 13, 2013

With first quarter earnings season off to a hot start on Wall Street, investors and traders alike had more reasons to buy on the dips this week instead of take profits. Better-than-expected jobless claims data added fuel to the rally after Alcoa started off earnings season on an encouraging note; however, disappointing retail sales data on Friday put a bit […]

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Buy On The Dip With Caution

by on April 8, 2013

Worse-than-expected employment data on the home front brought back the bears onto Wall Street last week, however, buyers still piled into equities before the weekend as bull market euphoria remains the dominant theme. The bulls will look to resume their ascent this week as tensions in the euro zone have cooled off with Russia accepting the […]

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With over 1,400 ETFs on the market and new products launching every month, some might find the sheer variety of options intimidating. When looking to diversify overseas the first question that stumps many investors is which approach to take; some prefer the simplicity that is associated with broad-based ETFs, while others may wish to take […]

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Say Hello To All-Time Highs

by on March 9, 2013

Stocks kicked off the trading week on a positive note Monday morning, and buying euphoria stuck around in the days following as upbeat economic data stole the headlines. Improvements in home prices and better-than-expected employment data took center stage, although Friday’s numbers surprisingly failed to ignite a bigger rally; the latest nonfarm payrolls figure showed 236,000 jobs […]

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Stocks Brace For Rate Decisions

by on March 4, 2013

Last week gave the bulls a scare as profit taking pressures swiftly knocked down major indexes at the start of the week, however, buyers poured in and helped the market regain its footing by the closing bell on Friday. After failing to post fresh highs last week and enduring volatile trading, U.S. equity indexes could face stiff […]

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Emerging markets offer the potential for stellar returns during times of prosperity, however, they can also fall victim to rampant profit-taking when global markets encounter turbulence; at the first sign of economic uncertainty, emerging markets are usually among the first to sell off as investors scale back on risk exposure. Luckily, the expansion of the […]

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While the correlations of various asset classes have increased significantly over the past decade, emerging market investing is nevertheless likely here to stay. Even if foreign market returns are now more correlated with U.S. returns, the higher growth of emerging markets is still appealing in its own right. For investors looking for a convenient vehicle which […]

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The 2012 Summer Olympic Games have been a spectacle of fierce competition and a seemingly never-ending journey in pushing the limits of the human body. This year’s games, which began on July 27 and officially end on August 12, have effortlessly captured our attention as athletes from 204 nations have gathered to compete in 26 sports. With […]

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iShares added to its already robust lineup of emerging markets this week with two new regional products designed to deliver targeted exposure to companies in the developing world. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Latin America Index Fund (EEML) will target an index consisting of stocks in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, while the iShares […]

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Innovation across the exchange-traded universe has brought forth a host of investment strategies to mainstream investors, allowing for access to previously difficult to reach corners of the global financial market. Aside from the well-known benefits of ETFs, like ease-of-use and transparency, the structure of these investment vehicles holds several, often times overlooked, tax benefits as […]

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