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In a global economy, where what happens in one country can have ripple effects around the world, investors are discovering the value of investing outside the United States. Emerging markets are countries that are in a strong growth phase, as opposed to more established nations that see more gradual growth. There are several benefits to investing in emerging markets; while this segment of the market is still viewed as risky, the higher returns often counter-balance this risk for investors seeking to jump-start their portfolio. The returns are also not necessarily correlated to the U.S. market, providing a diversification benefit [see also Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street endured yet another day of fiscal cliff budget negotiations, after ongoing talks between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner have heated up over the last few days. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid however threw his hat into the commentary, stating that it will be nearly impossible for the split congress to come to a viable solutions by Christmas. He also emphasized his belief that Democrats aren’t going to make an offer on spending cuts for Republicans, which has been the party’s main sticking point. In economic news, wholesale inventories rose more than expected in October, though sales fell. The number of people leaving their jobs rose, while job openings edged up slightly higher last month [see also 101 High Yielding ETFs For Every Dividend Investor].

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For many investors, emerging market equities have long held their appeal as key diversifying agents and great potentials for growth and lucrative returns. When looking to add exposure to this corner of the market, most turn to the popular and perhaps more obvious choices, namely Brazil, Russia, India and China. But, of course, in the […]

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The FTSE Group, one of the leading indexing firms, recently announced the results of its Annual Country Classification Review, the process by which global equity markets are classified as Developed, Advanced Emerging, Secondary Emerging or Frontier using a scale of 21 “Qualities of Market” criteria. There were no reclassifications this year, but a couple more additions […]

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Concerns over Europe’s financial health have only gotten worse for the past two years as the currency bloc struggles to regain its fiscal footing, which has undoubtedly intensified doubts about the global economic recovery since the most recent downturn. Worrisome headlines from this region have been plaguing investors’ confidence like a parasite, paving the way for choppy trading in […]

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One of the most anticipated and watched sporting events in the world, the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship kicked off late last week. Euro 2012 marks a milestone for first-time host countries Ukraine and Poland, and many are hoping that the soccer tournament brings prosperity and inspires hope in the debt-burdened continent. There are competing […]

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Throughout the past couple of years, investors have witnessed just how far and how deep the Euro Zone’s debt crisis has spread throughout the global financial market. As looming uncertainty and volatility continues to be a dominating force, many have flocked to their preferred “safe haven” investments, abandoning some of the more profitable and potentially lucrative corners of the market. […]

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Van Eck Plans Mongolia ETF

by on May 24, 2011 | Updated November 20, 2012

Van Eck, the issuer behind a number of country-specific emerging markets ETFs, recently laid the groundwork to launch what would be the industry’s first Mongolia ETF. In an SEC filing last week, the company outlined an ETF that would seek to replicate a to-be-determined index that would consist of companies domiciled and primarily listed on […]

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Over the past few years, many investors have taken a closer look at emerging markets in order to power their portfolios in a sluggish economic environment. A great deal of interest has been seen in the major BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, while smaller markets in Asia and Latin America have also […]

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After watching rival Vanguard roll out more than a dozen domestic equity ETFs earlier this month, iShares continues to focus its attention on international stock markets, rolling out three new ETFs on Wednesday. The new funds include the MSCI Philippines Investable Market Index Fund (EPHE), MSCI Small Cap Brazil Index Fund (EWZS), and MSCI Small […]

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As the world population continues to expand at a tremendous pace, investors have begun to see the impact of this growth on a host of finite resources, including food, water, and other assets critical to modern life. With the world population increasing by nearly one billion people every 12 years (it stood at just 5 […]

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There is no denying that the ETF boom is in full swing, as billions of dollars continue to flow into the industry every month despite a difficult economic environment. As individual investors and advisors alike become more informed on the nuances and potential benefits of ETFs, usage has surged. Part of the impressive surge in […]

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