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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 everyone eager to see athletes going for the gold medal, we’ve decided to tap into our Olympic spirit by highlighting five A+ rated ETFs that deliver exposure to foreign equity markets [see also 3 Reasons Why Gold Is Overvalued].

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Van Eck, the firm that rolled out the first Indonesia ETF a little more than three years ago, introduced a complementary ETF today that will target small cap stocks in the emerging Asian economy. The Market Vectors Indonesia Small-Cap ETF (IDXJ) began trading on the NYSE Arca on Wednesday, becoming the first ETF to offer targeted exposure to small cap Indonesian stocks. The new ETF will seek to replicate the Market Vectors Indonesia Small-Cap Index, a benchmark that includes small cap companies that are domiciled in Indonesia or that generate the majority of their revenues in Indonesia. At the end of February, the underlying index consisted of about 27 constituents with an average market cap just below $700 million.  [click to continue…]

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The year-end periods provides the ETF industry with a couple of opportunities to flex its collective muscle; performance comparisons generally tend to favor those products with lower expense ratios–a defining feature of exchange-traded funds. But early January also puts another benefit of exchange-traded products into focus: enhanced tax efficiency relative to traditional mutual funds. The […]

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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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With 2011 just around the corner, the curtain is closing on yet another year of tremendous expansion in the ETF industry. With inflows for the year at close to $100 billion, total ETF assets will recently eclipsed the $1 trillion mark for the first time. From a product development standpoint, 2010 was a record year; […]

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Emerging markets ETFs have become tremendously popular in recent years, as investors frustrated by the stagnant growth in the developed world have been lured in by the impressive economic expansion occurring in the developing world. Though there are many options available, the most popular way to play emerging markets is through VWO or EEM; two […]

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Van Eck announced on Wednesday the latest addition to its ETF product lineup, rolling out the Market Vectors Small Cap India ETF (SCIF). The new ETF will seek to replicate the performance of the Market Vectors India Small-Cap Index, a benchmark that includes about 120 constituents with an average market capitalization of approximately $450 million.

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Beyond EWZ: Five Other Latin America ETF Options

by on June 14, 2010 | Updated April 18, 2011

To say that the current environment is a challenging one for investors is quite the understatement. With Europe teetering on the brink of a sovereign debt crisis, a “new normal” low growth environment in the U.S., and increasing anxiety over government policies in China, there are numerous potholes in the road ahead for many of […]

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One of the greatest spectacles in sports kicks off in South Africa over the weekend, with 32 countries gathering to compete in the final stages of the World Cup. Even the economists of the world have taken an interest in the upcoming matches; ABN Amro recently released a note predicting that the world economy would […]

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IndexIQ announced on Tuesday the launch of the IQ Taiwan Small Cap ETF (TWON), the firm’s fourth product focusing on international small cap stocks. TWON will track the IQ Taiwan Small Cap Index, a cap-weighted benchmark that includes small cap companies domiciled and primarily listed on stock exchanges in Taiwan. The underlying index consists of […]

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The first three months of 2010 saw dozens of new ETF product launches, but things really headed up in April. This past month saw the launch of more than two dozen ETFs, making it the most active month of 2010. PowerShares and ProShares were particularly active on the product development front, debuting a number of […]

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Ultimate Guide To Latin America ETFs

by on April 19, 2010 | Updated November 27, 2012

Over the past few years, many investors have become acutely aware of the significant differences in the growth profiles of the world’s developing economies relative to advanced nations. Historically perceived as risky investments, emerging markets have now been firmly established as the primary source of global GDP growth, creating a surge in interest among U.S. […]

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