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Taper talks came into focus once again this week after the Federal Reserve gave somewhat of a positive outlook on the economy, leaving investors speculating when the central bank will begin tapering its bond purchases. Meanwhile, investors also weighed a slew of earnings reports this week from big name companies; ConocoPhillips (COP), Apple (AAPL), and Facebook (FB) all beat analysts’ expectations, while Exxon Mobil (XOM) posted better-than-expected Q3 profit and revenue, despite an 18% decline in profits [see How To Invest In 2013's Breakthrough Technologies]. [click to continue…]

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Gaining exposure to the global equities market is in itself a daunting task, but with the evolution of the ETF industry, investors can now gain cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe through a single ticker. And as these global equity ETFs become more and more popular, issuers are taking it one step further, providing true international exposure without featuring any allocations to domestic securities. The global ex-U.S. strategy is a popular one; investors can add a broad layer of diversification benefits to their portfolios, as international equities can often provide uncorrelated returns to domestic markets [see 10 Questions About ETFs You've Been Too Afraid To Ask]. [click to continue…]

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State Street, the firm behind the two largest ETFs, announced this week the addition of two new international equity funds to its product lineup. The SPDR MSCI ACWI IMI ETF (ACIM) will offer exposure to global equity markets, casting a wide net across both developed and emerging markets. The SPDR EM 50 ETF (EMFT) will […]

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Ex-Japan ETFs In Focus

by on February 20, 2012

Most investors looking to generate alpha and accumulate wealth over the long term spend the bulk of their time determining which asset classes should be included in their portfolio, either as long-term building blocks or shorter-term tactical allocations. But sometimes the most effective means of generating excess returns is not identifying and overweighting the top […]

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Momentum continues to build behind actively-managed ETFs, as one of the most successful issuers of these products has stuffed yet another offering into an already full pipeline of ETF ideas. In a recent SEC filing, AdvisorShares detailed plans for the Accuvest Global Opportunities ETF (ACCU), which would be sub-advised by Accuvest Global Advisors. The proposed […]

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Vanguard led all ETF issuers in cash inflows last year, thanks in no small part to a shift among investors towards the most cost-efficient ETF options. Now the company is lowering expenses on six of its international equity ETFs, reflecting greater efficiencies realized in the form of asset growth and operating cost reductions. The ETFs […]

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Old Mutual Global Index Trackers, a South Africa-based division of asset Manager Old Mutual, launched three new ETFs on Tuesday, bringing the number of funds in its product line to five. The new ETFs include:

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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After decades of flying high and shrugging off crises around the world, U.S. equity markets have fallen on some tough times. The epicenter of the mortgage crisis that evolved into a global recession has scared away many investors away from the U.S. markets, afraid that the worst is yet to come and that the “glory days” […]

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Old Mutual has filed a registration statement for five new ETFs, each of which tracks an index maintained by the FTSE group. Old Mutual, founded in 1845 in South Africa, provides long-term savings solutions, asset management services, and general insurance services in 38 countries worldwide. The new ETFs include:

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