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When it comes to diversifying your portfolio, many investors often overlook the dynamic economy of our Northern neighbor. Canada is home to one of the most commodity-intensive developed economies in the world, and its large natural gas and oil reserves make it one of the few net exporters of energy outside of South America or the Middle East. The country is also one of the leading producers of zinc, uranium and grains, along with a number of other commodities. But Canada is much more than just a resource-rich nation; the country is home to some of the most stable financial institutions in the developed world [see also How To But The Right ETF Every Time].

For investors looking to either make a bet on the Canadian economy or round out the international equity component of their portfolios, we outline nine ETF options to make a play on our neighbor to the North: [click to continue…]

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March marked the most active month yet in 2011 for the ETF industry. While both of the previous months saw a healthy boost in funds introduced and filed for, March brought 38 new funds to market, expanding the exchange traded world even further. With the total number of funds now nearing 1,200, investors have more options than ever to gain exposure to a wide variety of asset classes and investment strategies. This past month saw introduction of numerous innovative new products, such as the first ever senior loan ETF, Italian and German Treasury ETNs, and a “pure” gold miners ETF. The tail end of the month saw the entrance of a new issuer, FocusShares, who released 15 new ETFs with expense ratios lower than any competitor in the space. Below, we highlight all of the new additions to the ETF lineup over the last month, as well as some new fund filings [sign up for our free ETF newsletter]:

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