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Emerging markets offer the potential for stellar returns during times of prosperity, however, they can also fall victim to rampant profit-taking when global markets encounter turbulence; at the first sign of economic uncertainty, emerging markets are usually among the first to sell off as investors scale back on risk exposure. Luckily, the expansion of the ETF universe has spawned several products that make it easy for investors to tap into lucrative growth opportunities overseas without incurring more volatility than they can stomach [see 1,400+ ETFdb Realtime Ratings]. [click to continue…]

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When it comes to investing, the focus is always on one simple and logical goal: maximize returns, whether in the short term or over the long haul. But as many can attest to, investing can sometimes be a crapshoot. Nearly every imaginable event or influence can send shock waves into the market, instantly producing a tangible and sometimes painful effect on bottom line returns. As we continue to keep our eye on the prize, many of us forget how important limiting downside can be [see Safe Haven ETF Portfolio For Conservative Investors -- Sneak Peek]. [click to continue…]

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The evolution of the ETF industry has spawned more than a handful of instruments allowing investors of all walks unprecedented access to virtually every corner of the global market. The wave of innovation continues to bring forth an ever-expanding lineup of tools, serving everyone from portfolio managers to active traders and in between. Active management has grown […]

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France Downgrade Erodes Confidence

by on January 14, 2012

Equities inched higher throughout the week, bolstered by positive economic data release on the home front coupled with encouraging developments in the debt burdened Euro zone. Euphoria spread throughout Wall Street as investors digested better-than-expected consumer credit data along with optimistic forward looking commentary released by the Fed in the latest Beige Book report. Investors […]

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Direxion, the firm that recently rolled out a pair of Insider Sentiment ETFs, got the ball rolling on the product development front in 2012 with the launch of three volatility response ETFs this week. The new ETFs offer dynamic exposure to U.S. and Latin American equity markets, shifting allocations between stocks and cash based on […]

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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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