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Since the financial crisis of 2008, the global economy has faced several significant headwinds. Though the U.S. has showed signs of economic progress–as exemplified by the Fed’s decision to begin tapering–the eurozone continues to recover from its debt-crisis. In 2013, however, the eurozone finally managed to log in its first positive GDP reading after 18 months of contraction, giving investors glimmers of hope for Europe’s ability to bounce back.

Analysts have now become increasingly bullish on European equities; according to the IMF, the euro-area is expected to grow 2.5% this year, and 2.7% in 2015. For a better perspective of Europe’s current economic position, we take a look at how each country fared in recent years, highlighting the 1-, 3-, and trailing 5-year performances of the single-country European ETFs (data as of January 17, 2013). For a full list of ETFs used in the heatmaps, see below charts [see Macro Report: 2014's Fastest Growing Economies]. [click to continue…]

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The ETF industry continues to democratize asset classes, as mainstream investors can now access more corners of the global market than ever before in an easy, cost-efficient manner. In fact, the ETF landscape has grown so much that investors can now even choose between different approaches when it comes to establishing exposure to foreign markets. For example, someone looking to add exposure to European stocks can undertake a variety of approaches to accomplish this goal; for starters, investors can opt for a broad-based ETF that includes a portfolio of securities from a basket of countries. Digging further, investors can also choose a country-specific ETF if they wish to really focus on a particular market [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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To put it mildly, European stocks have had a rough couple of years, as the eurozone sovereign-debt crisis continues to plague the continent. And with many economies in the eurozone continuing to teeter on the edge of default (or forced bailouts), investors around the globe have remained understandably leery of any investments made within the shaky […]

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When it comes to trying to join the billion-dollar club, many investors tend to focus on the world’s wealthiest individuals. They harp on every word legendary investors like Jim Rogers, George Soros and the infamous Warren Buffett say, hoping to gain some sort of insight from these financial Gurus. Few, however, look at the bigger […]

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To put it mildly, Europe stocks have had a rough couple of years, as the Euro Zone sovereign-debt crisis continues to plague the continent. Although allocations to this sector have understandably diminished in recent years, European equities remain a key component of many long-term, buy-and-hold portfolios, seeing as how they nicely round out international exposure as […]

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Last week saw a strong opening soured by economic data as the five-day trading string came to a close. Though unemployment dipped to 8.1%, hiring slowed more than expected in April, ultimately sending markets lower on the final day of the week. Earnings season is essentially over, so investors will have to focus on data […]

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As expected, iShares became the first ETF issuer to list a product on the BATS Exchange today, debuting the MSCI Norway Investable Market Index Fund (ENOR) on the third-largest U.S. exchange. ENOR becomes the second pure play Norway ETF available to U.S. investors, following the launch of the Global X FTSE Norway 30 ETF (NORW) […]

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ETFs To Play AAA Europe

by on January 11, 2012 | Updated January 13, 2012

As most investors are painfully aware at this point, Europe is not in the best of fiscal shape at present. The continent is in the midst of a prolonged debt crisis that is now threatening the continued existence of the euro, and has transformed the region into a form of portfolio Kryptonite; most investors won’t […]

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Late last year, Global X brought to market the FTSE Norway 30 ETF (NORW), the first-ever product to feature targeted exposure to Norway. While the FTSE Nordic 30 ETF (GXF) has been around since late 2009, it only features a 21% exposure to the Norwegian economy, leaving a major exposure gap that was waiting to be filled. […]

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This past week was an extremely rough one for stocks across the board as fears over a global slowdown and worries over European debt woes sent markets tumbling around the world. Although Congress did manage to briefly come together in order to resolve the debt ceiling issue– at least in the short term– markets sold […]

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Global X, the New York-based ETF issuer behind some of the most successful new ETFs of the last several years, has laid the groundwork to significantly expand its existing lineup. In a recent SEC filing, the New York-based firm shed some light on plans for 22 country-specific and region-specific international equity ETFs, including funds targeting […]

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The second week of June is now in the books, and recent sessions were welcome relief to investors who had become accustomed to watching stocks and commodities plunge across the board. Most major benchmarks finished the week flat as worries over Greece and a debt contagion in Europe continue to be the main focus for […]

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