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  • Banks Don't Need to be a Drag on Brazil ETFs

    01-11-2017 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Brazilian equities, was one of 2016s best-performing single-country emerging markets ETFs. Making the strength of Brazilian stocks last year all the more impressive was that those bu...

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  • Words of Advice on Brazil ETFs Heading Into 2017

    12-21-2016 10:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Brazilian equities, is one of 2016s best-performing single-country emerging markets ETFs with a gain of 51.6%. Left there, that sounds like a positive story, but it cannot b...

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  • A Problem Area for Brazil ETFs

    12-06-2016 01:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    Up 54.3% year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Brazilian equities, is one of 2016's best-performing single-country emerging markets ETFs. However, some of the wind has come out of EWZ's sails in recent weeks...

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  • Brazil, A Once Hot Emerging Market ETF, Cools Off

    11-15-2016 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One of the brightest stories in this year's resurgence for emerging markets equities and ETFs has been Brazil. For much of this year, Latin America's largest economy has been home to one of the world's best-performing equity markets. However, clouds are again surfacing for ...

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  • Looking At Brazil ETFs After a Rate Cut

    10-21-2016 10:41 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Latin Americas largest economy, is up nearly 5% over the past week and one of the primary catalysts behind that rally is a recent interest rate cut by Brazil's central bank. On We...

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  • More to Come for Brazil ETFs? Maybe

    09-28-2016 10:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Latin America's largest economy, is up more than 65% year-to-date as Brazil is home to one of the world's best-performing equity markets. That does not mean Brazilian equities can't keep...

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  • Brazil ETFs: Is 2017 Growth Priced In?

    09-07-2016 10:32 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil is home to one of the world's best-performing equity markets this year, a fact reflected by the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), which is higher by 67.5%. That is good enough to make the largest Brazil exchange traded fund one of this year's top single-count...

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  • Up 63% Year-to-Date, More Room to Run for Brazil ETF

    09-02-2016 10:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    Up nearly 63% year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is already one of 2016's best-performing non-leveraged exchange traded funds. That might make it hard to fathom more gains for the largest Brazil ETF, but some market observers believe Brazilian equiti...

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  • Brazil ETF Bounces on Hopes of a Fresh Start

    08-29-2016 03:30 PM by Max Chen

    Brazil country-specific exchange traded funds are bouncing on optimism that President Dilma Rousseff will finally be removed from office and that a new administration may steer the economy toward growth. On Monday, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) increased 2...

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  • Emerging Markets ETFs Have More Room to Run

    08-17-2016 10:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    Diversified emerging markets exchange traded funds, such as the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets ETFs by assets, are finally displaying leadership traits after several ye...

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  • Stick With Emerging Market ETF Leaders

    08-10-2016 10:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets debt and equities are among this year's best-performing asset classes, themes that are lifting the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets exchange traded funds...

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  • Don't Bet on an Olympics Boost for Brazil ETFs

    08-03-2016 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Globetrotters are alreadyconverging on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but investors shouldn't get their hopes up for an economic boost to Brazilian stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds. Even if Brazil were not plagued by the myriad of th...

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  • An Endorsement for Emerging Markets Over Europe

    08-01-2016 01:07 PM by Brenton Garen

    Emerging markets equities and exchange traded funds have been pleasant surprises for investors this year. Just look at the returns delivered by the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emergi...

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  • Is it Time to be Bearish on Brazil ETFs?

    07-26-2016 11:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    Up nearly 58% this year, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is easily one of 2016's best-performing single-country exchange traded funds and with the Summer Olympics coming up, some investors might be inclined to bet on more near-term upside for Brazilian equities...

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  • Brazil ETFs Strengthen on Realistic Government Guidance

    07-08-2016 02:28 PM by Max Chen

    Brazil country-specific exchange traded funds were among the best performing assets Friday after the government revealed a shrinking budget deficit next year. On Friday, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) rose 4.6% and the iShares MSCI Brazil Small-Cap ETF (NYS...

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  • The Best Latin America ETFs

    06-13-2016 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After several years of dismal performances, Latin America exchange traded funds are roaring back in 2016 and have actually been leaders of the emerging markets resurgence. Rebounding commodities prices and the weaker dollar are key reasons why Latin America ETFs are rebounding. ...

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  • Brazil ETFs Sink After Doubtful Impeachment Vote

    05-10-2016 07:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking stocks in Latin America's largest economy, slid Monday after policymakers there had to annul the recent vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff due to procedural errors. Entering Mon...

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  • Brazil ETFs Swing as Rousseff Impeachment in Doubt

    05-09-2016 04:33 PM by Max Chen

    Brazilian equities and country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been rallying on the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff and her feckless administration. However, the impeachment proceedings has hit a hurdle, triggering volatile swings in the emerging market. The i...

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  • ETF TMI: Global ETF Assets Hit $3.137 Trillion; Equities Fight Back

    05-09-2016 01:03 PM by Brenton Garen

    Got a case of TMI (Too Much Information)? ETF Trends takes a condensed look at latest happenings Global ETF/ETP Assets Hit Record $3.137 Trillion High Assets invested in exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded products (ETPs) listed globally reached a new record high U...

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  • Emerging Markets ETFs Show Surprising Oil Correlations

    04-21-2016 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It is not surprising that plenty of single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds are benefiting from rebounding oil prices. For example, investors probably are not surprised to learn that Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) and the iShares MSCI Russia Capped Ind...

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  • Traders got Bearish on Brazil ETFs Ahead of Impeachment Vote

    04-19-2016 01:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    To the surprise of some investors, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) closed lower Monday, a day after the lower house of Brazil's congress voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. Ahead of Sunday's impeachment vote, some traders made bearish bets against the...

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  • Emerging Market ETF Trouble Spots

    04-12-2016 04:41 PM by Max Chen

    Emerging market exchange traded fund investors should watch out for potential trouble spots after the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic forecast on Tuesday, pointing to notable weakness in some developing economies. "While growth in emerging market and develo...

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  • ETF Performance Report: Q1 & March

    03-31-2016 06:28 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds slipped on the last day of March, ending the month on a muted note after a wild quarter that pushed the markets into a correction before clawing back the losses on swift rebound. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.5% over th...

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  • Emerging Markets: Be Careful With This Brazil ETF Rally

    03-28-2016 06:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    After being one of the worst-performing emerging markets over the past several years, Brazil's equity market is scorching hot this year as highlighted by a 24.2% year-to-date gain for the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ). While it is easy to be seduced by EWZ's s...

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  • Traders Bet Soaring Brazilian Stocks, ETFs Will Soon Ebb

    03-23-2016 08:03 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil, Latin America's largest economy, is one of the most volatile emerging markets. That much is confirmed by a three-year standard deviation of nearly 29% for the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ). Amid a severe bout of political drama and flailing economy, Br...

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  • LatAm ETFs are Hot Again

    03-21-2016 07:23 AM by Brenton Garen

    Latin America's rebounding equity markets is luring some investors back to the ETFsthat track the region iShares Latin American 40 ETF (NYSEArca: ILF)is breaking out of that slumber with a year-to-date gain of nearly 19% iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) was ...

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  • Some Doubt Brazil Stock, ETF Rally

    03-15-2016 06:35 AM by Brenton Garen

    EWZ lost nearly 42% last year after losing 16.5% in 2014 and 2013 EWZ is higher by almost 26% year-to-date due in part tothe country's corruption crackdown In September, Standard & Poors downgraded Brazils sovereign credit rating to junk status, becoming the first majo...

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  • Embracing a Downtrodden Region's ETFs

    03-11-2016 07:26 AM by Brenton Garen

    Beaten up and vilified Latin American ETFs are rebounding Multiple factors are dragging on the Brazilian economy Unemployment rose to 7.9% in September from 4.7% in October last year Inflation has jumped over 10% for the first time since 2002 The budget deficit has wid...

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  • Brazil ETFs Roar Back as Government Incompetence Ends

    03-09-2016 02:55 PM by Max Chen

    Brazilian equities and ETFs among worst performers in 2015, but emerging market has roared back Brazilian rally went into high gear after former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was detained Traders had been selling off Brazilian assets over the past year as Rousseff fa...

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  • Picking Up a Battered Emerging Market ETF Opportunity

    02-05-2016 04:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    The beleaguered Brazilian has suffered from a multi-year retreat, and the selling pressure has been overdone, potentially opening an opportunity for emerging market exchange traded fund investors. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) has declined 39.9% over the p...

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  • Latin America ETF Loses Fans

    02-03-2016 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Latin American stocks and exchange traded funds have been among the most out of favor corners of the emerging markets group and that is saying something because developing world equities have been out of favor with investors for several years now. Investors' distaste for Latin...

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  • A Surprising ETF With Rebound Potential

    01-29-2016 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazilian stocks and exchange traded funds, most notably the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), have been among the worst-performing emerging markets assets for over a year, but there could be technical reasons to consider EWZ's small-cap counterpart, the Market Vect...

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  • Banks are Problems for Brazil ETFs

    01-28-2016 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) has not been short of problems over the past couple of years. Many of the largest Brazil exchange traded fund's woes are attributable to tumbling commodities prices, a weak real, alarmingly high interest rates, political corrupti...

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  • Mexico ETF vs Brazil ETF

    01-27-2016 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Latin American equities and the relevant exchange traded funds trading in the U.S. have been among the most severely punished emerging markets assets since 2014. Brazil, the region's largest economy, is a big reason why and the struggles of the Brazilian economy underscore why in...

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  • Brazil ETF Bulls Hard to Find These Days

    01-04-2016 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) plunged 41.5% last year, making it one of the worst-performing single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds. As a result, finding investors that are bullish on Brazilian equities is becoming an increasingly difficult tas...

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  • More Trouble for Brazil ETFs

    12-18-2015 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is down more 39% year-to-date, which is to say it has been an eventful year for the largest Brazil exchange trade fund. Confounding investors is that the near-term outlook for Brazilian stocks is murky at best and volatility (and...

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  • Tread Carefully With the Brazil ETF

    12-11-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    News of a possible impeachment for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been viewed as a potential catalyst for the country's downtrodden equity markets and the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), but investors should temper expectations of significant near-term ups...

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  • Expect More Downgrades For Brazil

    12-08-2015 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest ETF that follows Brazilian equities, traded slightly lower Monday though that might be seen as something of a surprise against the backdrop of one of the major ratings agencies saying more downgrades could ...

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  • The Brazil ETF Stares Down Worst Recession in a Century

    12-01-2015 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil country-specific exchange traded fund investors may not see a light at the end of this tunnel any time soon as the economy is on track for its worst recession in almost a century. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest ETF that follows Brazilian...

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  • Corruption Probe Plagues Brazil ETF

    11-30-2015 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) slumped more than 7% last week and familiar catalyst, that being Brazilian politics and a wide-ranging corruption probe, hampered EWZ and Brazilian stocks. Brazilian assets have been under pressure as a corruption scandal at s...

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  • Don't Play Politics With Brazil ETFs

    11-04-2015 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazilian equities and country-specific exchange traded funds are rebounding as some investors jump on cheap valuations that are disconnected with fundamentals and are more a result of political scandals. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) gained 7.0% over the ...

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  • Brazil ETF Waits on Impeachment Decision

    10-21-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Brazilian stocks, fell by more than 1.5% Tuesday, extending a gloomy run that has seen the fund tumble nearly 44% over the past year. Slack GDP estimates and a tumbling real are among...

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  • Get Real: BCB Assurances Spike Brazilian Stocks, But For How Long?

    09-25-2015 02:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil-related exchange traded funds jumped Friday after the Brazilian central bank reassured markets that it will utilize everything but the kitchen sink to prop up the real, one of the worst performing foreign currencies. "In this process, all instruments are available for t...

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  • Be Careful When Considering Brazil

    09-24-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Brazilian stocks, fell another 4.2% yesterday, cascading to another multi-year low and extending its one-month loss to over 16%. Slack GDP estimates and a tumbling real are among the ...

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  • Bears Feasting In Brazil

    09-18-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Brazilian stocks, has received plenty of attention this year and most of it has not been good as stocks in Latin America's largest economy have tumbled. The only Brazil ETF that has d...

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  • Brazil ETF Volatile and On The Rocks

    09-17-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Already in a long downward spiral, things got worse for the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Brazilian stocks, last week when Standard & Poor's stripped Brazil of its investment-grade credit rating. EWZ is now down 1...

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  • Cheaper and Getting Cheaper in Emerging Markets

    09-09-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    A familiar refrain of emerging markets bulls over the past year, probably longer, has been that stocks in developing economies are less expensive than their developed market peers. The risk with the emerging markets stocks are inexpensive thesis is that, bereft of notable earn...

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  • Some Hope, Maybe, for Brazil ETFs

    08-27-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The long-suffering iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Brazilian stocks, got some relief yesterday with a 4% rally. Believe it or not, that rally was made possible in some part by Petrobras (NYSE: PBR), Brazil's downtrodden st...

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  • Bears Pile Into big Brazil ETF

    08-13-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Ongoing struggles for Brazilian stocks and the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) are inviting increasingly bearish wagers on the downtrodden Latin American market. Short interest in EWZ was at 34.3 percent of shares outstanding as of Tuesday, according to data com...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: The Brazil Slump

    07-29-2015 01:05 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Once again we are discussing Brazil, and once again it involves sagging performance in the benchmark ETF EWZ (iShares MSCI Brazil, Expense Ratio 0.62%), which year to date has seen more than $800 million leave the fund via redemption activity. The funds asset base is now curre...

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  • More bad Credit News for Brazil ETFs

    07-29-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) rose 1.7% yesterday, but that was after the largest exchange traded fund tracking Latin America's largest economy hit another new low, one of the almost seven-year variety. New details regarding Brazil's tenuous grasp on an in...

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  • This Emerging Markets ETF Holds a Bunch of Sub-$10 Stocks

    07-24-2015 02:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    Theyre not penny stocks, lets just clear that up right off the bat. These are still large-cap (for how long is anyones guess), viable (we think) companies, but the fact of the matter is the downtrodden iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is allocating a fair chunk of i...

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  • Budget is bad News for Brazil ETFs

    07-23-2015 01:39 PM by Todd Shriber

    Long contending with a seemingly never-ending spate of troubling headlines, exchange traded funds tracking Brazilian equities are once again being punished Thursday on news Finance Minister Joaquim Levy plans to pare the budget in Latin Americas economy. Brazils benchmark Ibov...

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  • Target Developed Europe ETFs If You Want Overseas Exposure

    07-17-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    When looking for overseas exposure, investors may want to target Europe and region-specific exchange traded funds. Portfolio Strategist Andrew Burkly, along with Sam Burns and Scott Davies at Oppenheimer & Co., argue that European markets are among the highest ranked, wher...

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  • Falling Consumer Sentiment Drags on Brazil ETFs

    07-15-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy and stock exchange traded funds will continue to drag their feet as weakening consumer spending could prolong the ongoing recession. May retail sales in Brazil declined 0.9%, the fourth consecutive dip after a revised 0.5% drop in April, as an increasing unemp...

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  • EM Credit Risk Could Weigh on Brazil ETF

    07-10-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Market credit risk could drag on Brazil stocks and country-specific exchange traded fund, but India ETFs may be less susceptible as the country enjoys healthier finances. According to a Fitch Ratings survey, Brazil showed the greatest risk to emerging market corporate debt fin...

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  • Brazil ETF Slides, Bleeds Assets

    06-30-2015 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) has been a decent performer over the past 90 days, rising 4.6%, but since peaking on April 24, the largest exchange traded fund tracking stocks in Latin Americas largest economy is off more than 12%. That decline has EWZ investor...

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  • Brazil ETFs: Bail or Buy?

    06-16-2015 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is up 12.1% over the past 90 days, but the funds one-month performance paints a different picture as the largest Brazil ETF is off 8.4% over that period. Slack GDP estimates and a tumbling real are among the downside catalysts...

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  • Brazil Market, ETF in for Economic Slowdown

    05-27-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazilian stocks and related exchange traded funds could be in for further pain as a depreciating real currency and fiscal tightening push the country into a recession. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) fell 7.9% over the past week and declined 6.5% year-to-da...

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  • Watch Out for a Brazil ETF Head Fake

    04-23-2015 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the ETF of the Week for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I focused on the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ). Brazilian stocks are recovering, but the...

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  • India ETFs May Be a Bright Spot in Slowing Emerging Markets

    04-15-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global economic growth is expected to remain sluggish this year on a slowdown in major developing countries. However, India and country-specific exchange traded funds could lead the emerging markets. India remains one of the best performing markets in the developing world. Ove...

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  • Loving Leveraged Latin America ETFs

    04-15-2015 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    In recent years, Latin American stocks and the relevant exchange traded funds have been emerging markets duds. Over the past three years, the iShares Latin American 40 ETF (NYSEArca: ILF) has tumbled 26.5% while the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) is higher b...

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  • Brazil ETF Reaches a Critical Juncture

    04-14-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Even with Mondays modest loss, the previously downtrodden iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) has finished higher in seven of the past 11 trading sessions. EWZ, the largest exchange traded fund tracking Latin Americas largest economy, has been a frequent target of c...

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  • Brazil ETFs Look for Better Things in Q2

    03-31-2015 01:42 PM by Todd Shriber

    With the first quarter drawing to a close today, it is fair to say the first three months of 2015 were unkind to Brazilian stocks and the relevant U.S.-listed exchange traded funds. The Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: BRF) and the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF ...

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  • EM ETFs: Fragile Three Trade Deficits

    03-26-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track Brazil, South Africa and Turkey could produce another round of headaches as the lingering trade deficits weigh on their economies and currencies. Brazil, South Africa and Turkey are among the remaining so-called fragile economies if the Federal...

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  • Emerging Markets ETFs Could Rebound in Second Quarter

    03-23-2015 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    It is a familiar refrain heard by investors in emerging markets equities and exchange traded funds. "The next (insert time frame here, months, years, etc.) will be better." That has not always proven true. Year-to-date, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) an...

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  • Brazil ETFs Still Searching for Catalysts

    03-18-2015 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The downtrodden iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is reboundingsort of. After sliding to its lowest levels in nearly 10 years last week, the largest ETF tracking Latin Americas largest economy is up nearly 4% to start this week. While EWZs two-day pop is a welcome...

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  • Emerging Market ETFs: Keep Watch Over Fragile Three

    03-17-2015 02:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    After India and Indonesia enacted reforms to bolster their economies, emerging market exchange traded fund investors will only have to monitor the remaining fragile three if the Federal Reserve decides to tighten its monetary policy. Morgan Stanley first identified the Brazil,...

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  • Brazilian Bungle: More New Lows for Brazil ETFs

    03-13-2015 02:33 PM by Todd Shriber

    All those ominous thoughts folks have about Friday the 13th are applying to Brazil exchange traded funds today. In what amounts to just another day at the office for this embattled group of ETFs, five of the 21 ETFs that have hit all-time lows to this point in Fridays session are...

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  • Strong USD Forces Down Emerging Market ETFs

    03-11-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Federal Reserve interest rate expectations and a strong U.S. dollar are wreaking havoc on the emerging markets and related exchange traded funds. ETFs that track the emerging markets, notably those that cover Brazil, emerging currencies and developing market debt, touched fres...

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  • Things are Unbelievably Bad for Brazil ETFs

    03-06-2015 12:24 PM by Todd Shriber

    In what is now an all too familiar theme for Latin America bulls, Brazil exchange traded funds are being punished Friday after J.P. Morgan downgraded its view on the countrys sovereign debt to underweight from market weight. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), ...

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  • Brazil ETF Stung by Petrobras Downgrade

    02-25-2015 12:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of Petrobras (NYSE: PBR), Brazils state-controlled oil company, are off 7% Wednesday on volume that appears likely to eclipse the daily average after Moodys Investors Service lowered its rating on Latin Americas largest publicly traded oil producer to junk. That is prov...

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  • Brazil ETFs Search for Stability

    02-20-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazilian stocks and the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) are looking for things they have seen precious little of over the past several months: Stability and upside momentum. Following newsthat some professional investors have been dumping shares of Petrobras (N...

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  • Brazil ETF Continues Slide as Pros Depart Petrobras

    02-19-2015 02:40 PM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest Brazil ETF by assets, is trading lower by almost 1% Thursday as traders digest news that some professional investors have been dumping shares of Petrobras (NYSE: PBR), one of EWZs largest holdings. In the essence ...

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  • Brazil ETF: Bottom Isnt in Yet

    02-13-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest Brazil ETF by assets, climbed nearly 4% Thursday, but a deeper look at the moribund ETFs charts says Thursdays positive action does not mark an earnest reversal. EWZs Thursday pop arrived a day after the ETF hit a...

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  • Throwing in the Towel on Brazil ETFs

    02-11-2015 12:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    Move along, theres nothing to see here. That could easily be the sentiment of beleaguered Brazil equity bulls as stocks in Latin Americas largest economy endure a dismal start to 2015. Coming into Wednesdays session, only the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return Sub-In...

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  • Brazil ETF Steady, Sort of, Following Petrobras Plunge

    01-28-2015 12:43 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) are off 1.6% Wednesday. That is nothing to brag about but that showing by the largest Brazil ETF on a day when Petrobras (NYSE: PBR), one of EWZs largest holdings, is plunging is arguably encouraging. Petrobras, Braz...

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  • ETF Investors Should Pick Their BRIC Exposure

    01-09-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a dismal year, two members of the BRICs - Brazil, Russia, India and China - may not be up to normal standards that the markets have come to expect. Instead of taking on broad exposure, investors can pick and choose country weights with exchange traded funds. Over the pas...

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  • Brazil ETF has Near-Term Rally Potential

    01-08-2015 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    It is not a stretch to say most emerging markets investors are well acquainted with the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) and the frustration inflicted by the largest Brazil ETF over the past several years. In 2014, a continuation of the EWZ frustration theme, the...

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  • Bad Sequel: Brazil, LatAm ETFs Start 2015 in 2014 Fashion

    01-02-2015 11:34 AM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) and other exchange traded funds tracking Latin American equities are starting 2015 the same way they performed in 2014 and that is bad news for weary emerging markets investors. On Friday, the first trading day of 2015, EWZ is...

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  • For now, Reforms Help Ameliorate Brazilian Market, ETF Outlook

    12-30-2014 01:59 PM by Max Chen

    Brazilian stocks and related exchange traded funds were advancing Tuesday, despite the weakness in U.S. and other developed markets, as Brazil pushes forward with reforms to support sustainable economic growth. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) rose 0.8% Tuesd...

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  • Dont Expect Much Out of LatAm ETFs in 2015

    12-26-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Overall, emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds have disappointed investors once again in 2014, but Latin American offerings have been particularly egregious offenders. That trend may not change in 2015. "Jorge Kuri, Morgan Stanleys director of equity research for L...

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  • ETFs for Another Country Where Default Risk is Rising

    12-16-2014 12:32 PM by Todd Shriber

    No emerging market has garnered as much negative attention in recent days as Russia. Some of that negative attention includes increased chatter that Russia could be at risk of a sovereign debt default. Last Monday, the probability of a default on the debt of the Russian Federa...

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  • Fragile-Five Country ETFs Getting Lucky...Sort Of

    12-10-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track fragile-five countries Brazil, Indonesia, India, South Africa and Turkey have been susceptible to rising trade deficits and weakening currencies. However, the cheaper oil prices could help turn things around. According to the Bank of America Me...

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  • A Santa Claus Rally for Brazil ETFs?

    11-20-2014 12:38 PM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is one exchange traded fund that confirms the old maxim There is no such thing as a free lunch. Over the past month, EWZ, the largest ETF tracking stocks in Latin Americas largest economy, is down 1.7%. That does not sound dre...

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  • Now This for Brazil ETFs: IG Rating is Vulnerable

    11-14-2014 12:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) are lower by nearly 2% Friday after Jefferies said Latin Americas largest economy is vulnerable to losing its investment-grade sovereign credit. ""It will be difficult to maintain the investment-grade rating even und...

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  • It Pays Off To Be Picky With Emerging Market ETFs

    11-10-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to emerging market exchange traded funds, investors were better off being picky, instead of taking on broad exposure to the developing economies. Investors are picking and choosing their country exposure one at a time, with South-East Asian countries outperformin...

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  • Brazil ETF Bumbles Away Most Post-Election Gains

    11-06-2014 01:32 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) are off nearly 3% Thursday, meaning that as of this writing, only five non-leveraged exchange traded funds are putting in worse intraday performances. Unfortunately for Brazil bulls, one of the five that is behaving ...

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  • Rousseffs Win Turns Brazil ETFs Calls Into Losers

    10-28-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Most state lottery tickets cost $1. PowerBall tickets cost $2. For barely more than the price of state lottery tickets and not much less than the cost of a PowerBall tickets, investors can try a different kind of lotto: Being long call options on the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ET...

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  • Before Election Day, Traders Shied Away From Leveraged Brazil ETFs

    10-27-2014 11:26 AM by Todd Shriber

    In news that is about as surprising as the weatherman saying it is cold in Chicago in January, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) along with most other U.S.-listed Brazil exchange traded funds are getting crushed Monday after President Dilma Rousseff narrowly defe...

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  • Its Going to be a Brutal Day for Brazil ETFs

    10-27-2014 01:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    Monday is shaping up to be a brutal day for exchange traded funds that hold Brazilian equities after President Dilma Rousseff narrowly defeated challenger Senator Aecio Neves in Sundays runoff election. In Brazils closest election since 1985, Rousseff beat Neves 52% to 48%. As...

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  • One More Pre-Election Look at Brazil ETFs

    10-25-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    To say the least, the just completed trading week was an interesting one for Brazilian stocks and the related exchange traded funds. Ahead of Sundays runoff election between between President Dilma Rousseff and challenger Aecio Neves, Brazil ETFs, including the groups kingpin,...

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  • Brazil ETFs Limp Into Election Weekend

    10-24-2014 11:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    By the looks of the recent price action in Brazil exchange traded funds, financial markets are pricing in the result of Sundays runoff election between President Dilma Rousseff and challenger Aecio Neves. Unfortunately for Brazil bulls, the latest polling data confirms the wor...

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  • Chanos Reiterates Bearish View on EWZs Largest Holding

    10-21-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    As Brazil inches toward national elections on Oct. 26, a renowned short seller is reiterating his bearish view on one of countrys largest companies and the largest holding in the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ). In a Bloomberg Television interview on Monday, Jim...

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  • Expect More for Volatility for the Big Brazil ETF

    10-21-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With election day in Brazil just five days away, investors can expect more volatility from Brazilian stocks and the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ). Data indicate as much. Entering Monday, EWZ, the largest and most heavily Brazil ETF, had a 30-day implied volati...

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  • Rousseff Roughs up Brazil ETFs, Gains Momentum on Neves

    10-20-2014 01:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Monday is turning out to be another day at the office for Brazil exchange traded funds as price action in these ETFs is being dictated by the latest polling data out of Latin Americas largest economy. Shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) are lower by ne...

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  • McDonald Talks Brazil ETF Risk-Reward, Election

    10-14-2014 01:33 PM by Todd Shriber

    With 2014 being an election year in Brazil, few, if any, single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds have endured analysis and scrutiny on par with the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ). With Brazils runoff election between President Dilma Rousseff and p...

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  • Market Volatility Sends EM ETF Investors to the Exits

    10-14-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging market exchange traded funds experienced one of their worst week of sales in months as market volatility pummeled riskier equities. According to J.P. Morgan estimates, emerging market funds experienced $3.5 billion in net redemptions, reports Dimitra DeFotis for Barro...

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  • Another Monday, Another Neves Surge for Brazil ETFs

    10-13-2014 02:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    It is dj vu for Brazilian equities and exchange traded funds Monday as the group is soaring on more election-related news. Shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest Brazil ETF, are higher 6.3% on volume that is already close to the daily average...

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  • Energy ETFs Want a Neves Win in Brazil

    10-13-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    On Oct. 26, Brazilians will decide between President Dilma Rousseff and upstart challenger Aecio Neves as the countrys next president. Global oil companies, from exploration and production firms to services providers, probably wish they had a vote and if they did, they would like...

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  • A Big Day Could be Looming for Brazil ETFs

    10-09-2014 12:02 AM by Todd Shriber

    Last week, Aecio Neves was an afterthought heading into Sundays national elections in Brazil with most observers predicting President Dilma Rousseff and Marina Silva to advance to an Oct. 26 runoff, but by the times polls closed in Brazil, Neves looked every part the upstart, stu...

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  • A Neves Rally for Brazil ETFs

    10-06-2014 11:33 AM by Todd Shriber

    A surprising second place showing by Aecio Neves Sunday in Brazils national election, one that will force an Oct. 26 runoff with President Dilma Rousseff, has exchange traded funds tracking Brazilian equities soaring Monday. Led by the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca:...

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  • Another Week of Outflows From Emerging Markets ETFs

    10-06-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Amid violent protests in Hong Kong and with the major exchange traded funds tracking Brazilian and Russian stocks entering new bear markets last week, the broader emerging markets ETF complex was hit with redemptions again last week. "Redemptions from ETFs that invest across d...

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  • Nearing Bear Markets, Brazil, Russia ETFs Gain Cash

    09-30-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Despite a tumultuous September for emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds, investors continue allocating cash to two of the most volatile developing economies: Brazil and Russia. Last week, investors poured $290 million into the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEA...

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  • As Rousseff Gains, Brazil ETF Inches Towards a Bear Market

    09-29-2014 11:32 AM by Todd Shriber

    This years price action in Brazilian equities, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) and rival Brazil exchange traded funds has been easy to explain. Investors bid those securities on news that shows waning support for President Dilma Rousseff ahead of Brazils Oct...

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  • Brazil ETF Edges Toward Another Bear Market

    09-22-2014 01:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    It might be hard to believe upon learning the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) entered Monday with a year-to-date gain of almost 10.6%, but the largest Brazil largest Brazil ETF looks to be limping towards a new bear market as Brazils Oct. 5 national elections near....

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  • EM ETF Outflows Not Yet a Cause for Panic

    09-22-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Amid lingering tensions in Eastern Europe and more polls revealing Brazils upcoming presidential election is likely to be a nail-biter, investors departed emerging markets ETFs last week for safer, less volatile pastures. Investors pulled $1.09 billion from emerging markets eq...

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  • Emerging Market Volatility Rising as More Utilize ETFs, Funds

    09-18-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    As more investors utilize exchange traded funds and other fund products to access developing economies, emerging market stocks have become increasingly volatile. According to the Bank of International Settlements, the presence of asset managers in emerging markets had grown "c...

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  • Ahead of Election Day, a Rush to Brazil ETFs

    09-17-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Ahead of Brazils national elections next month, among the most anticipated in the emerging world this year, investors are piling into exchange traded funds tracking Brazilian equities on expectations a change in government will boost a sagging economy. The iShares MSCI Brazil ...

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  • Brazil ETFs: Election Twists Open Potential Opportunities

    09-16-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the elections-induced sell-off last week, Brazilian stocks, along with related exchange traded funds, are beginning to look more attractively priced. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) was up 1.2% Monday after declining a little over 10% last week. EWZ is...

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  • Mexico ETF Still Winning LatAm Inflows Battle

    09-15-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Of the five significant single-country exchange traded funds tracking Latin American nations, only the iShares MSCI Chile Capped ETF (NYSEArca: ECH) with its nearly 8% year-to-date loss has performed worse in 2014 than the iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWW). Yet EW...

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  • Brazil's Election: Peril or Profit for EM Bond ETFs

    09-11-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the presidential elections heat up in Brazil, the push toward economic reforms could help bolster Brazilian currency and fixed-income related exchange traded funds. A new administration could mean embracing reform and macro-economic adjustments, reports Dimitra DeFotis for ...

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  • Moodys Lower Outlook Latest Issue for Brazil ETFs

    09-09-2014 12:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) and other Brazil exchange traded funds have been enjoying a mostly excellent 2014, but that ebullience has encountered some resistance in recent days. Investors willingness to stick by EWZ and Brazilian stocks in the run-up to ne...

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  • Election Bounce for Brazil ETFs

    09-04-2014 12:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the ETF of the Week for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I highlighted the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ). The Brazilian markets are strengthe...

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  • Expect a Big Day for Brazil ETFs

    09-02-2014 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    Already in the midst of a rally that has seen it surge 15.5% over the past 90 days, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) could add to those gains Tuesday after another Brazilian poll showed waning support for President Dilma Rousseff and rising support for one of he...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Return of Russia

    08-30-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    August, typically a month of lethargy on Wall Street, ended with a bang as the months final week brought new record highs for U.S. stocks and the best monthly returns since February. "Since falling to a near three-month low on Aug. 7, the S&P 500 has risen in 12 of the pas...

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  • Risk On for Some Brazil ETFs

    08-29-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The story for exchange traded funds tracking Brazil, Latin Americas largest economy, has been easy to interpret this year. It goes something like this: ETFs, such as the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), typically rise on days when polling data shows bad news for Pr...

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  • Areas of Potential Weakness in Emerging Market ETFs

    08-28-2014 03:19 PM by Max Chen

    With China's spending on the decline and the U.S. Federal Reserve aiming toward tighter monetary policies, emerging market exchange traded funds that track the so-called fragile five - Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey - could mirror the weakness experienced earli...

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  • Brazil ETF Extends Silva Rally

    08-27-2014 02:25 PM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is extending a rally that has seen the largest Brazil ETF surge 10.4% over the past three months prior to Wednesday. On the back of more polling data released Tuesday that show presidential candidate Marina Silva continuing to...

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  • Tepid Reaction to Positive Poll for Brazil ETF

    08-20-2014 01:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Active followers of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) know a few important points about the ETFs near- to medium-term fortunes. First, it is accurate to say the countrys October national elections are, quite simply, a big deal. Second, as EWZ has so frequently...

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  • An Uh-Oh Moment for Brazil ETFs

    08-19-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Give the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) some credit. The largest exchange traded fund tracking Brazilian equities rose nearly 1.4% Monday, although volume was light, despite news that President Dilma Rousseff improved her showing in a recent poll. Teneo Inte...

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  • Brazil ETF Tumbles on News of Campos Plane Crash

    08-13-2014 12:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest ETF tracking Latin Americas largest economy, slumped in midday trading after various international news agencies reported presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was aboard a plane that crashed in Santos, Bra...

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  • Rising Relative Strength for Big Brazil ETF

    07-23-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Scores of emerging markets exchange traded funds joined the new 52-week high club on Tuesday, including marquee names such as the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM). Overall, nearly 110 ETFs made new 52-...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Going Global

    07-19-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Geopolitical tensions were high this week after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down in Ukraine and Israeli ground forces advanced toward the Gaza Strip. U.S. stocks endured to finish the week in solid form as the Dow Jones Industrial Average notched a triple-digit gain on Frida...

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  • Long Brazil ETFs, Short Rousseff Trade Works Again

    07-18-2014 11:46 AM by Todd Shriber

    In an extension of what has become a consistent, obvious trade, shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) are up 3.5% Friday after another poll showed waning support for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. In a poll conducted by Datafolha, 36% of those surve...

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  • Some Options Traders Betting on Upside for Brazil ETF

    07-14-2014 12:44 PM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is trading higher by nearly 2% Monday, the first trading day after the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup, hosted by Brazil. Monday is also the first trading day since Brazils loss to the Netherlands in Saturdays third-place gam...

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  • Brazil Loses, but ETFs Win

    07-09-2014 12:42 PM by Todd Shriber

    To call it surprising is to describe the situation modestly, but the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is higher by 1.7% today. Put another way, EWZ, the largest ETF tracking Latin Americas largest economy, is, at this writing, the seventh-best non-leveraged ETF o...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Tactical Time

    06-28-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    In a lethargic week for U.S. stocks, investors were seen taking a tactical approach to exchange traded funds. At least that is the anecdotal evidence provided by our weekly look at the most searched ETFs. While broad market ETFs and dividend funds usually occupy several spots ...

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  • Winning the World Cup Won't Solve Brazil ETF Woes

    06-26-2014 02:59 PM by Max Chen

    If Brazil takes the World Cup, the euphoria could spill over to the Brazilian equities and exchange traded funds. However, some emerging market observers are less sanguine, contending that the country will remain a wreck, regardless of the outcome. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capp...

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  • Possible Petrobras Share Sale Looms Over Brazil ETFs

    06-25-2014 02:13 PM by Todd Shriber

    Up 14.1% year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) trails only the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (NYSEArca: EPI) for top honors among single-country BRIC ETFs this year. EWZ, the largest country-specific ETF tracking a Latin America economy, and other B...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Surging Sectors

    06-14-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    U.S. stocks managed to closer higher Friday, but in a case of June gloom, the S&P 500 snapped a multi-week winning streak. Escalating tensions at the hands of a militant faction of al-Qaeda in Iraq weighed on stocks, but sent oil prices soaring. On that note, it is surpris...

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  • World Cup ETFs: The Contenders

    06-12-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The 2014 World Cup starts today with host nation Brazil taking on Croatia. Although volume will likely be light, a victory by Brazil today could lift Brazilian equities and the corresponding exchange traded funds on Friday. On that note, it is time to look at the ETFs tied to ...

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  • Pre-World Cup Bounce for Brazil ETFs

    06-10-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It will not be surprising to see Latin American equities, including Brazilian stocks, get a little sluggish when the 2014 World Cup commences on Friday in Brazil. That much is almost a guarantee. During the 2010 World Cup, Chile saw the sharpest drop in trading activity as vol...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Global Giants, U.S. Dividends

    06-07-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    As the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit another round of record highs on Friday, 221 exchange traded funds also joined the all-time high club. Several of those funds were among this weeks group of most searched ETFs on ETF Trends, a group that is an interes...

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  • Rousseffs Woes, Brazil ETFs Gains

    06-06-2014 12:33 PM by Todd Shriber

    In what may be the last day of noteworthy action in Brazilian equities prior to the start of the World Cup, shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) are up 3.3% Friday after another poll showed declining support for President Dilma Rousseff. Brazil, Latin A...

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  • LatAm ETFs Could be Sluggish During World Cup

    06-05-2014 12:42 PM by Todd Shriber

    Broadly speaking, Latin American equity markets are volatile compared to developed markets, such as the U.S. or Western Europe. With the World Cup looming, volatility in markets from host nation Brazil to Chile to Mexico could be benign with volume drying up as traders in the ...

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  • Brazil Currency, Equity ETFs Could Find Support

    06-04-2014 03:13 PM by Max Chen

    After a steep sell-off in the Brazilian real, Brazil's central bank has taken a more hands-on approach, potentially supporting the country's currency and equities markets, along with related exchange traded funds. The WisdomTree Brazilian Real ETF (NYSEArca: BZF) fell 1.7% ove...

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  • International Stock ETFs Offer More Attractive Dividend Yields

    06-03-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    While U.S. companies have boosted their cash payouts to shareholders, income-minded investors are still seeking out attractive foreign dividend stock and related exchange traded funds. Money managers believe that the most attractive dividend stocks are outside U.S. markets, re...

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  • BRIC ETFs Fight Off Brazil Weakness

    06-02-2014 02:25 PM by Todd Shriber

    Stocks in Brazil, Latin Americas largest economy, are floundering after soaring through the latter stages of the first quarter and into April. Last month, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) lost 0.8%. That does not sound too bad until taking a close look at the...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Sector Surprises

    05-31-2014 08:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Perhaps it is not surprising that during a week when the S&P 500 climbed to a record high, investors hunted for specific pockets of strength. That much was seen in the most searched exchange traded funds on ETF Trends this week. For the first time in many weeks, this weeks...

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  • Brazil ETF Tests Short-Term Trend on Increased Uncertainty

    05-30-2014 02:44 PM by Tom Lydon

    A Brazil exchange traded fund is losing its momentum and testing its short-term trend line as economic and political uncertainty begins to weigh on investors. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) declined 2.1% Friday, falling below its 50-day simple moving averag...

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  • Buy Brazil ETFs as World Cup Bets

    05-28-2014 11:49 AM by Todd Shriber

    The 2014 World Cup kicks off on Thursday, June 12 when host nation Brazil takes on Croatia. Investors may want to consider the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) and related Brazil ETFs as World Cup wagers rather than placing bets online or with their local bookmaker....

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  • The Value Shift is on in Emerging Markets, Too

    05-05-2014 06:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The recent woes suffered by momentum stocks and exchange traded funds are well-documented. At this point, it is not a stretch to say plenty of investors are aware that ETFs that were last years darlings have fallen out of favor. That list includes large, well-known funds such ...

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  • This Weeks Most Searched ETFs: Boring is Beautiful

    05-03-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It was a tepid end to April and start to May this week as the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out modestly weekly gains. The Nasdaq Composite was the leader of the trio with a gain of almost 1%. While the evidence is anecdotal and represents just one week of ...

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  • Encouraging Technical Take on the Brazil ETF

    04-30-2014 01:45 PM by Todd Shriber

    As emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds have regained momentum this year, previously lagging Brazilian equities have gotten in on the fun. Over the past 90 days, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is up 18%, more than double the returns offered by ...

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  • Brazil ETF Rises as Poll Shows Rousseff Slumping

    04-29-2014 11:41 AM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) are up 1.4% Tuesday and are flirting with their highest levels since November 2013 after a new poll showed support for President Dilma Rousseff continues to erode. According to a survey by local polling firm MDA, 37....

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  • Emerging Markets ETFs Continue Gaining Cash

    04-28-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite elevated tensions in Eastern Europe, investors continued allocating capital to emerging markets exchange traded funds last week. Equity-based emerging markets funds tracked by EPFR Global "posted inflows for the fourth week in a row their longest such run since mid-2Q...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: New Contestants

    04-26-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Increased tensions in Eastern Europe sent U.S. stocks tumbling Friday with the Nasdaq the worst offender among the major U.S. indices with a loss of nearly 2%. For the week the S&P 500 closed modestly lower. With the U.S. and Western allies threatening additional sanctions...

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  • After Rally, Brazil ETF Finally Gets Some Cash

    04-24-2014 12:20 PM by Todd Shriber

    Since emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds put in a bottom on Feb. 3, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) has surged nearly 24%, making it the top performer among the four major BRIC single-country ETFs. It appears investors are finally starting to ...

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  • Flows Show Investors Favoring Smart Beta, EM ETFs

    04-21-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, investors poured a record $247.3 billion into exchange traded funds and notes, marking the second consecutive year inflows topped $200 billion. With those massive 2013 inflows came at least two prominent themes: The rising popularity of smart beta or intelligent ind...

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  • More Evidence of a Return to Emerging Markets ETFs

    04-14-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are starting to buy into the recovery in emerging markets equities and debt. Recent flows data proves as much. A combined $4.7 billion poured into equity-based and bond emerging markets funds for the seven-day period ending April 9, according to the Financial Times, ...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Some Changes, but a few Surprises

    04-12-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Sometimes, the song changes and other times it remains the same. There was a little bit of both among this weeks searched ETF tickers as momentum stocks and ETFs were again punished. To that end, it probably will not surprise devoted followers of this space that the iShares Na...

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  • Breakout ETF is a Backdoor to Brazil

    04-10-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    When it comes to accessing Brazil, Latin Americas largest economy, via exchange traded funds, investors do not face a shortage of choices. Roughly 140 equity-based ETFs offer exposure to Brazil with most often traveled ETF routes to the country being the iShares MSCI Brazil Ca...

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  • World Cup Could be an Issue for Brazilian Banks

    04-09-2014 02:53 PM by Max Chen

    Brazil hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the games and ensuing revelry could dampen economic activity in Latin America's large, especially in the financial sector. Related exchange traded funds could be affected as Brazil's central bank allows commercial banks to close up shop e...

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  • EEMs Relative Strength Looks Good Against S&P 500

    04-09-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Since the beginning of February, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the second-largest emerging markets ETF, is up 13.1%. That is nearly double the performance of the S&P 500 over the same period. Not surprisingly, EEMs relative strength against the ben...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: A Global Flare

    04-05-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500 slide almost 1.3% Friday after reaching another record higher earlier in the session. That reversal was enough to send the benchmark U.S. index to a weekly loss of 0.3%. Impressive were the performances offered by some emerging markets exchange traded funds dur...

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  • Brazil ETFs Standout in Emerging Markets

    04-03-2014 11:08 AM by Tom Lydon

    I do the ETF of the Week for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded funds market. On Thursday, I focused on the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ). After the steep sell-o...

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  • Stabilizing EM Outlook Pushes Brazilian Real ETF to 5-Month High

    04-02-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With investors embracing emerging markets again, the Brazilian real currency exchange traded fund is approaching a five-month high as foreign investors jump back into Brazil and capitalize on the higher interest rates. The WisdomTree Brazilian Real Fund (NYSEArca: BZF) was up ...

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  • Investors Trickle Back to Emerging Markets ETFs

    04-01-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    March is over and it would be accurate to say that for the first time in what feels like an eternity, investors in emerging markets exchange traded funds were treated to a strong month. The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets E...

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  • Two Emerging Markets ETFs Flirt With Big Breakouts

    03-31-2014 12:55 PM by Todd Shriber

    There has been increasing chatter of a positive decoupling of emerging markets equities from their U.S. counterparts. That is one result of the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging m...

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  • The First Quarters Worst ETFs

    03-30-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the first quarter almost in the books, the S&P 500 will head into Monday with a gain of barely more than 1%. Given the start to the year for U.S. stocks, that performance could have been worse. Then again, after last years 32.3% gain for the benchmark U.S. index, investo...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Guess Whos Coming to Dinner?

    03-29-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    An interesting split emerged among the most searched exchange traded fund tickers on ETF Trends this week. Six of the 10 most searched tickers will come as no surprise to investors that paid even scant attention to the financial markets this week while the remaining four are new ...

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  • ETFs for the Ambitious Emerging Markets Trader

    03-27-2014 02:36 PM by Todd Shriber

    Call it a reversion or rotation trade or any other fancy Wall Street Jargon, but the fact is emerging markets equities and exchange have recently been thumping their U.S. counterparts. Sure, it is just five days, but over that time the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEA...

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  • Pimco Sees Value in Brazilian Bonds

    03-26-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    This is not 2009, the year in which the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) surged 122%, but after a two-year stretch in which many Brazilian assets disappointed global investors, bonds and equities in Latin Americas largest economy are gaining more supporters. EWZ ...

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  • Brazil ETFs Hold up Well After S&P Downgrade

    03-25-2014 12:52 PM by Todd Shriber

    A day after Standard & Poors lowered Brazils sovereign debt rating to BBB-, the lowest investment grade, exchange traded funds holding Brazilian debt an equities are holding up pretty well. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest Brazil ETF by asset...

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  • Brazil ETFs Contend With Ratings Downgrade

    03-25-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After showing some signs of life in recent weeks, exchange traded funds tracking Brazilian debt and equities could be put to the test after Standard & Poors Tuesday lowered the countrys sovereign debt rating to BBB-, the lowest investment grade. Mixed policy signalling by ...

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  • The Temptation of Brazil ETFs

    03-24-2014 02:21 PM by Todd Shriber

    For as much flack as these instruments frequently take, emerging markets exchange traded funds have, broadly speaking, been constructive from the long side since the start of February. From Feb. 3 through March 21, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the...

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  • Brazil ETFs Chart not too Inviting

    03-21-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The embattled iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) jumped 2.3% on volume that was 78% above the daily average Thursday. EWZ, the largest Brazil ETF, was helped to the upside by 6.2% gain on more than double the average turnover from Petrobras (NYSE: PBR), one of EWZ...

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  • Brazil ETFs Falling from Grace

    03-17-2014 01:58 PM by Max Chen

    Brazilian stocks and related exchange traded funds have been stuck in a rut and things could get worse before turning around. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest Brazil-related ETF, has declined 12.5% year-to-date, while the Market Vectors Brazil Sm...

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  • Emerging ETFs Holdings Losing Heft, Prestige

    02-26-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The declines suffered by equity-based emerging markets exchange traded funds is attributable to declining market values for the companies that comprise those ETFs. Sounds simple enough, but the result of all that lost market value by the likes of Chinese banks, Petrobras (NYSE...

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  • Brazil ETFs: Close to Attractive, But

    02-21-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds tracking Brazil, Latin Americas largest economy, have disappointments for a while now. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSArca: EWZ), the largest Brazil ETF by assets, has endured the brunt of investors waning enthusiasm for the once beloved emerging mar...

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  • Currency Hedged ETF Playbook

    02-20-2014 06:30 AM by Max Chen

    As investors become more comfortable with diversifying into overseas assets, some are beginning to take a closer look at currency-hedged equity exchange traded funds as a way to mitigate currency risk in foreign investments. In the simplest terms, a U.S. dollar-denominated ret...

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  • A Short Brazil Idea

    02-14-2014 12:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    For active followers of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), it might seem hard to believe, but the largest Brazil is up more than7% since Feb. 3. Prior to that bounce, EWZ had been one of 2014s worst-performing ETFs and in a sign of just much emerging markets e...

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  • An Emerging Markets Bull Sings a Bearish Tune

    02-07-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    A wide range of emerging markets exchange traded funds rallied Thursday, though those performances were not nearly enough to erase the sting of what has been a dismal start to 2014. Even with Thursdays upside, the 10 worst non-leveraged ETFs on a year-to-date basis are all eme...

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  • EM Central Bank Actions Yield Mixed Results

    02-06-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    A prominent theme tied to emerging markets in recent months has been a spate of central bank actions. Primarily, developing world central banks have been raising interest rates as a means of defending sagging currencies. Conventional wisdom dictates that it usually takes sever...

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  • Another Day, Another Time for This EM ETF

    02-05-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Some emerging markets exchange traded funds have come under fire for not being diverse at the sector level. That criticism is often aimed at ETFs with excessive weights to the financial services sector so imagine the dangers of a dedicated emerging markets financial services ETF ...

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  • Technical Woes Seen for Brazil ETF

    02-05-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest ETF tracking Latin Americas largest economy, rose almost 3% on volume that was 56% above the daily average. Normally, that would be considered a positive sign, but EWZ entered Tuesdays session as one o...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: South of the Border Tears

    01-31-2014 11:54 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    We have spent a considerable amount of time talking about selling pressure and net outflows in broad based Emerging Markets funds, specifically EEM (iShares MSCI Emerging Markets, Expense Ratio 0.67%) and VWO (Vanguard Emerging Markets, Expense Ratio 0.18%) in recent weeks and mo...

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  • Broken BIITS: Rate Hikes Not Boosting Confidence in EM ETFs

    01-29-2014 12:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    It was not supposed to be this way. Tuesday evening, Turkeys central bank raised its overnight lending rate to 12% from 7.75% and more than doubled the overnight borrowing rate to 8% to 3.5%, sending the iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) higher by 4.6% in after-hours tradin...

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  • This Weeks Most Searched Tickers on ETF Trends

    01-25-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It was just a four-day week, but it turned out to be the worst for U.S. stocks since 2011. The major U.S. indices plunged to end the week with just three members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing higher on Friday. Fears regarding softness in the global economy, U.S. ...

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  • Brazil ETFs in Search of Bottoms

    01-25-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Scour Fridays headlines pertaining to emerging markets economies and stocks and there is an excellent chance more bad news than good will be found. Brazil, Latin Americas largest economy, made its share of contributions to the end-of-week emerging markets carnage. Already grap...

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  • Emerging Markets: Badness is Happening Right Now

    01-24-2014 12:16 PM by Todd Shriber

    Emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds, many of which notched dismal performances last year, are offering up sequels to those unfortunate performances. Abundant are the anecdotes that illustrate just how ugly emerging markets ETFs have been to start 2014. This is th...

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  • Petrobras Perversion Pushes Brazil ETF Lower

    01-23-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It was not supposed to be this way. Back in 2006 when the first Brazilian pre-salt oil discovery was made, then-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said his countrys new found oil largess would be a second independence for Latin Americas second-largest economy. It was thought ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Down and Out in Rio

    01-22-2014 12:02 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    There has been a good amount of coverage in the past several months of the flagging performance of the Brazilian equity market, and the benchmark ETF EWZ (iShares MSCI Brazil, Expense Ratio 0.60%) that tracks this market has traded rather actively in its own right as well as in i...

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  • IMF Concerns Could Mean More Woes for EM ETFs

    01-21-2014 03:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging market exchange traded funds may still struggle this year as the International Monetary Fund warns of a potential slowdown despite upwardly revising its global economic outlook. The IMF increased its 2014 global growth estimate to 3.7%, up from its previous 3.6% proje...

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  • Collection of Big ETFs Easily Trump Hedge Funds

    01-15-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds are becoming a legitimate thorn in the side of hedge funds. First, there is the issue of size. At the end of Q3 2013 Eurekahedge reported that there was $1.91 trillion invested in 8,500 hedge funds which they state was just 2% below their historic peak, B...

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  • Maybe, Just Maybe Positive Signs for the Mexico ETF

    01-14-2014 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Monday was another bloodbath for already battered emerging markets exchange traded funds, but there could be some encouraging technical signs developing with an ETF that has the potential to be one of this years sturdier developing world funds. The iShares MSCI Mexico Capped E...

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  • The Mess of Emerging Markets ETFs

    01-06-2014 01:53 PM by Todd Shriber

    Monday is just the third trading day of 2014, so the optimistic view is that emerging markets exchange traded funds, most coming off dismal performances in 2013, can get it together this year. Still, the start to the new year is less than inspiring. Assuming down days Monday, ...

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  • LatAm ETFs Look to Rebound in 2014

    01-06-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This is how bad things were for exchange traded funds tracking Latin America last year: Of the single-country funds, only the Global X FTSE Argentina 20 ETF (NYSEArca: ARGT) posted a gain. The iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWW) was the next best performer of the gr...

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  • Investors Continued Pulling Cash from EM Funds in Q4

    01-06-2014 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors continued departing from emerging markets equity funds during the fourth quarter of 2013, a theme that was prominent in the first three quarters of the just completed year. While investors poured almost $116 billion into developed markets funds in the fourth quarter,...

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  • Commodities Bust Weighs on Latin America ETFs

    12-31-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As a decade-long commodity boom wanes, Latin America exchange traded funds are slumping. Broad Latin America ETFs have stumbled this year. The iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index Fund (NYSEArca: ILF) is down 13.0% year-to-date and the SPDR S&P Emerging Latin America ETF...

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  • Quiet Bull Calls on Emerging Markets

    12-26-2013 11:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    For much of 2013, being bearish on emerging markets was the right call. Stocks in developing economies from the BRIC nations to the ASEAN group to CIVETS and nearly any other catchy acronym proved to be major disappointments as equities in the U.S., Japan and some other developed...

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  • Goldmans Discouraging View of Emerging Markets

    12-24-2013 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Broadly speaking, 2013 was a forgettable year for emerging markets investors. The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets ETFs by assets, are down an average of 6.5%. Paintin...

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  • Brazilian Real ETF Strengthens on Central Bank Bets

    12-23-2013 02:45 PM by Max Chen

    After weakening on an end to easy money, the Brazilian real exchange traded fund is advancing on speculation that the central bank will step in to stem the depreciating currency. The WisdomTree Brazilian Real Fund (NYSEArca: BZF) rose 1.4% Monday. BZF has declined 3.9% over th...

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  • 9 Must-Know Single-Country Emerging Markets ETFs for 2014

    12-19-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    On Thursday, the Federal Reserve finally announced its intent to taper its bond-buying program. The central bank will reduce the amount of its monthly asset purchases to $75 billion from $85 billion with equal reductions to purchases of mortgage and Treasury bonds. As luck wou...

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  • Calendar Conundrum for Brazil ETFs in 2014

    12-18-2013 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Brazil exchange traded funds will end this year with dubious distinctions of being only middling performers relative to their Latin America peers and the worst performers among comparable BRIC funds. Investors hoping for better returns from the likes of the iShares MSCI Brazil...

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  • BlackRock Isnt too Fussed on These Emerging Markets

    12-11-2013 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    With the end of 2013 in sight, it is fair to say it has been a rough year for emerging markets investors. It is also fair to say that, in recent months, some green shoots have started to emerge. For example, exchange traded funds tracking equities in steady, lower beta develop...

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  • 10 ETFs for Possible World Cup Winners

    12-08-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The draw for the 2014 World Cup, which will be hosted by Brazil, Latin Americas largest economy, was unveiled Friday and that had football fans (or soccer in the U.S.) all over the world breathless with anticipation. With the 2014 field believed to be the best ever, there are ...

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  • Brazil on the Brink: ETFs Flail as Country Flirts With Recession

    12-04-2013 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Just when it looked safe to tip-toe back into the waters of Brazil exchange traded funds that situation has rapidly become unappealing. From the start of September through Oct. 22, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest Brazil ETF by asset, surged more...

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  • Emerging Markets ETFs Hit by November Outflows

    12-02-2013 12:58 PM by Todd Shriber

    A rocky 2013 for emerging markets exchange traded funds in terms of investor redemptions continued in November with diversified funds tracking developing world economies witnessing $3.6 billion of outflows last month, according to monthly flows data from BlackRock (NYSE: BLK). ...

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  • BlackRock: Three Ways to Invest in Emerging Markets Now

    11-27-2013 08:15 AM by Dodd Kittsley -- iShares

    Emerging market equity ETFs have had outflows of $4.3 billion for the month of November so far. Outflows total $9.4 billion year-to-date. What were seeing here is that investors are very concerned about a potential tapering by the Federal Reserve in the near term. As a result...

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  • Hedge Funds Like ETFs, but in a Different Way

    11-25-2013 11:41 AM by Tom Lydon

    Like a lot of professional investors, hedged funds like exchange traded funds. However, the affinity for ETFs displayed by some hedge funds may come as a surprise to some. That is to say hedge funds like to short ETFs. Hedge funds use ETFs more as a hedging tool than as a dire...

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  • 10 ETFs Still Nowhere Near Pre-Crisis Highs

    11-24-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 (^GSPC) has nearly tripled since the March 9, 2009 market bottom. Plenty of individual stocks (obviously) and exchange traded funds have gone along for the ride. Dividend ETFs have thrived as the Federal Reserve pushed interest rates lower, forcing investors to...

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  • After a Disappointing Year, Advisors Wade Into LatAm ETFs

    11-22-2013 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    No doubt it has been a disappointing year for exchange traded funds tracking Latin American equities. The iShares Latin American 40 ETF (NYSEArca: ILF) is down 14.2% and all but one of the regions single-country ETFs are in the red this year. That includes steep losses for the...

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  • Brazil ETFs Survive Citis Tepid View of Consumer Stocks

    11-18-2013 01:40 PM by Todd Shriber

    Already embattled Brazil exchange traded funds are holding up well Monday after Citigroup unveiled a less-than-enthusiastic view on eight Brazilian consumer stocks. The U.S. bank initiated coverage on eight Brazilian retail names with seven hold ratings and one sell, citing pr...

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  • 10 Worst Global Equity Markets By Single-Country ETFs

    11-17-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Apologies for following up good news with glum tidings, but some single-country exchange traded funds have really struggled this year. As we noted on Thursday, for most of the worlds major equity bourses, 2013 has been a good year. There have also been plenty of forgettable pe...

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  • Prepping for the World Cup Hasn't Bolstered Brazil ETFs

    11-15-2013 02:29 PM by Max Chen

    Despite Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazilian stock related exchange traded funds have not lived up to the investment hype. David Garff of Accuvest points out that the promise of a Brazilian revival in anticipation of hosting two global even...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Bad News Brazil

    11-15-2013 11:59 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    We have spent a good amount of time recently covering put activity and asset outflows in broad Emerging Markets equity products, specifically EEM (iShares MSCI Emerging Markets, Expense Ratio 0.67%) and VWO (Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets, Expense Ratio 0.18%), and we have commen...

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  • Colombia Crumble: ETF up Just Once in Past 13 Days

    11-14-2013 12:20 PM by Todd Shriber

    There was a time when the Global X FTSE Colombia 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GXG) was the toast of the Latin America ETF clique. These are not those days. GXG, the oldest and largest of the three Colombia-specific ETFs, has fallen on hard times, though in a sign of just how badly single...

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  • Brazilian Burn: Brazil ETFs Back to Multi-Month Lows

    11-12-2013 02:31 PM by Todd Shriber

    Following a precipitous decline that saw the fund plunge 22% from late May to early July, entering a bear market in the process, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) attempted a modest rally that failed in August. The ensuing rally looked far stronger as EWZ appe...

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  • This Tiny Bank ETF is Full of Surprises

    10-28-2013 01:18 PM by Todd Shriber

    Broadly speaking, it has been a good year for financial services ETFs. Year-to-date, the Financial Select SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest sector ETF by assets, is higher by 23.5%. Over the past 90 days, U.S> bank stocks have slowed a bit. XLF is up 2.2% over that time whi...

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  • Be Choosy With Emerging Market ETFs

    10-23-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Growing current-account deficits, hot money exposure and a cooling China are just some reasons why investors are taking a closer look at emerging market exchange traded funds as more become selective in their foreign exposure. HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and In...

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  • Brazil ETFs Roar Back As Central Bank Combats Inflation

    10-09-2013 01:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's central bank is aggressively combating inflationary pressures, bolstering country-specific and real currency exchange traded funds. Inflation levels have slowed for the third consecutive month in September, with the benchmark IPCA index up 5.86% year-over-year, report...

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  • Resources-Based ETFs Coming Back From The Dead

    10-03-2013 03:30 PM by Gary Gordon

    If one focused his/her attention solely on year-to-date performance, he/she might eschew foreign stock ETFs altogether. With the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) and the iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 (IJH) garnering 18% and 22% respectively, who needs to dabble in emerging markets? Aft...

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  • Investors Take Second Look at Pummeled Emerging Market ETFs

    09-10-2013 04:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have been put off from emerging market exchange traded funds after the recent dip. However, large money managers are coming back, pointing to excessive declines as a good buying opportunity. The recent sell-off "is very much of a psychological thing that will pass on...

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  • BRICs Lead Emerging Market ETFs

    09-06-2013 04:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    In the emerging markets space, BRICs - Brazil, Russia, India and China - exchange traded funds are roaring back after fear over Fed tapering fueled a sell-off in risky assets. Over the past week, the Guggenheim BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: EEB) gained 6.5%, iShares MSCI BRIC ETF (NYSEA...

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  • Brazil ETFs - Is it Time to Get in?

    07-18-2013 02:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track Brazil's economy are recovering after a sharp decline thanks to bargain hunting investors. Other factors that are in favor of Brazil focused ETFs include the central bank's stand against inflationary pressure and strength of the nation's currenc...

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  • Bargain Hunting in Emerging Market ETFs

    07-15-2013 04:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    After the speculation on Fed "tapering," hot money exited emerging market exchange traded funds, but some believe the area now offers cheap investment opportunities, pointing to faster growth and higher yields than developed economies. In June, a record $37 billion was pulled ...

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  • Brazil ETFs Worst Performing Q2 International Market

    07-01-2013 02:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazi's Ibovespa index was the world's worst performing benchmark over the second quarter as a sluggish economy, rising inflation and weaker domestic currency pummeled Brazilian stocks and related exchange traded funds. The benchmark Ibovespa index plunged 16% in the second qu...

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  • A Brazil ETF That Hedges Against a Depreciating Real

    06-14-2013 11:04 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazilian stocks are weakening as investors speculate on the potential winding down of monetary stimulus. Nevertheless, Brazil's market turn around, an equity hedged exchange traded fund can be a better play. The db X-trackers MSCI Brazil Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBBR) ha...

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  • Another EM Currency Gets Some Relief...Sort Of

    06-13-2013 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking Brazil, Latin Americas largest economy, were previously darlings of the risk-on commodities and emerging markets trade. With all of those themes out the window, at least for now, Brazil ETFs have been getting hit from all angles. Unfortunately for i...

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  • Brazil ETFs Lower After Financial Transaction Tax Removed

    06-05-2013 03:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil exchange traded funds could find support as the government removed a tax on foreign investment inflows, allowing global investors to move freely in and out of Brazilian markets. Due to a drop in foreign inflows, Brazil has removed the financial transaction tax, or "IOF,...

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  • Single-Country ETFs for Emerging Markets Slammed by Fed Talk

    06-05-2013 10:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Concerned that free flowing liquidity from years of loose monetary policies will soon come to an end, investors are shifting away from emerging market assets and exchange traded funds. The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) lost 3% over the past month. The fund...

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  • Brazil ETFs Fall As Economy Slows

    05-30-2013 09:03 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the failed attempts at stimulating growth, Brazil's economy expanded at below expectations, dragging down related country-specific exchange traded funds. The iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZ) plunged 3.6% Wednesday. The fund is down 2.9% year-to-date. The fu...

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  • Russia ETFs Lag Behind Other BRIC Economies

    04-23-2013 01:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Among the big four BRICs - Brazil, Russia, India and China - emerging market economies, Russian stocks and related exchange traded funds are lagging behind. Now, JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) has cut its outlook on Russian equities. Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) decline...

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  • WisdomTree is Working on Brazil Low-Volatility ETF

    03-25-2013 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Low-volatility strategies are garnering greater interest, and the exchange traded fund industry has noticed. WisdomTree wants to test the space as it files to launch a Brazil country-specific, low-volatility fund. According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the W...

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  • BRIC ETFs Get Hit with Outflows

    03-18-2013 11:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Local investors have been heading for the exits in BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) economies. Outflows in such exchange traded funds and equity markets are touching upon highs not seen since 1996. People domestically can see that the fundamentals of a large part of their i...

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  • Brazil ETFs Gaining Momentum After Government Stimulus

    03-14-2013 03:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazilian stocks and exchange traded funds are trying to get in gear in March although trading has been very volatile lately. The iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZ) is in the green for March after a strong early month rally, but is now on a three-day losing streak....

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  • Stimulus Could Boost Brazil ETFs

    02-27-2013 10:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the lackluster growth over 2012, Brazil's economy could strengthen this year as the government steps in to stimulate the economy, bringing investors back to Brazilian stocks and related exchange traded funds. Brazil's government has increased government expenditure and e...

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  • Brazil ETFs Rebounding After Tough 2012

    02-01-2013 01:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Brazilian economy has disappointed investors for the short term, however, factors are supporting a turnaround in the performance of the country and exchange traded fund. Long term investors will gain exposure to the ongoing growth forecast for the country this year as economi...

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  • The Winners and Losers in BRIC ETFs

    12-27-2012 04:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    When looking at the emerging markets, it is hard to ignore the so-called BRICs - Brazil, Russia, India and China. While these countries have enjoyed robust growth rates in the past, the BRIC country exchange traded funds currently show disparate performances. For instance, Ind...

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  • PIMCO Total Return ETF Manager Gross Offers 5 Investing Tips

    12-24-2012 10:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    For the exchange traded fund investors who are reluctant to just sit idly by while the government hikes up taxes and diminishes overall wealth, PIMCO's resident bond guru, Bill Gross, suggests a couple of steps to hedge the pending wealth tax. Gross manages the PIMCO Total Ret...

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  • Defensive ETFs to Shield Against the Fiscal Cliff

    12-14-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The economy and markets are humming along, but potential risks still loom, namely the so-called fiscal cliff. For the more pessimistic investors, it could be time to look over some defensive exchange traded fund options. While Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive officer at Pacif...

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  • Falling Investment Cripples Brazil ETFs, Economy

    12-11-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil exchange traded funds have been stuck in a rut as the Brazilian economy, one pillar of the BRIC emerging markets, stumbled over the third quarter, despite the heavy helping hand from the government. The iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZ) lost 1.6% over the p...

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  • International ETFs Minus Currency Risk

    12-06-2012 08:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investing in international exchange traded funds comes with risks for U.S. investors such as the obvious geopolitical factors -- however, many investors can overlook currency risk. To mitigate these currency risks, some ETFs hedge their exposure to foreign currencies. "Currenc...

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  • How Diversified Are Your ETFs?

    11-14-2012 07:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are touted for the diversification benefits they provide but specialized or targeted sector funds may not be as well-rounded as one may think. While some ETFs do provide cost efficient diversification benefits, the reward comes at the price of individual res...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Brazil

    11-13-2012 09:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    The market in Brazil has been impeded by consumer debt and regulation in the commodity sector. Focused exchange traded funds can give investors targeted exposure to the country while cutting the risk of single companies and regulatory hurdles. "During that last decade the benc...

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  • Time to Shift from U.S. Stocks to Emerging Market ETFs?

    10-25-2012 08:55 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the impressive run in the domestic markets, advisors and investors are beginning to shift more money into emerging market equities and exchange traded funds. Northern Trust's chief investment strategist, Jim McDonald, has argued for easing up on U.S. stocks and moving ca...

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  • Brazil ETF Options Beyond EWZ

    10-15-2012 10:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil, one of the pillars of emerging market growth, has been an attractive locale for investors to diversify their international exposure. While investors have focused on the $8.7 billion iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZ), there are also other Brazil exchange trade...

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  • Booming Agriculture Sector Could Lift Brazil ETFs

    10-10-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil is rich in natural resources. With an abundance of land and water, the country's thriving farming and agricultural industry could help grow the many ETFs tracking Brazil. Brazil is now the world's largest exporter of five major crops and the largest producer of beef, Ja...

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  • Brazil ETFs Strengthen on Stimulus Measures

    09-10-2012 08:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    The largest ETF for Brazil has been forming a base since May and is now trying to break out as the government attempts to kick-start the economy. The iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZ) rose 2.8% in the past week and is 5.5% higher over the last three months. Nevert...

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  • Brazil Infrastructure ETF Builds Up on Stimulus

    08-24-2012 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Brazilian government recently announced the largest-ever stimulus package to increase private investment for the aging infrastructure system. An added boost in spending is in the near future as the country gets ready for the Summer Olympics in 2016. Investors should note the ...

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  • Hedge Fund Bets on Brazil ETF

    08-17-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are attracted to Brazil for robust economic growth and the hope of high returns. One prominent hedge funds is betting on Brazil by using an ETF. Money manager Ray Dalio, who runs Bridgewater Associates, a $120 billion hedge fund, purchased 2,002,700 shares of iShares...

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  • Mexico Shines in Latin American ETFs

    07-31-2012 07:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    Mexico has been outperforming behind the scenes, as investors have focused their attention on the doom and gloom in the Eurozone and the U.S. The exchange traded fundiShares MSCI Mexico Index (NYSEArca: EWW)has popped above its 200 day-moving-average. "Economists are predictin...

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  • Emerging Market ETFs: Higher Growth, Better Demographics

    06-11-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors seeking to capitalize on a single country's growth should consider that an expanding, robust economy needs active participants to fully maximize a country's potential. With developed economies suffering from an aging population, there might be better opportunities in em...

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  • How ETFs Save on Fees

    05-07-2012 12:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are paying attention to costs and fees associated with exchange traded fund investing. There is a realization that investment costs are eating into actual principal or returns, so the less fees raked up, the better. Morningstar says "costs have come down because of a...

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  • ETF Performance: A Selective Approach to Emerging Markets

    04-19-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Since the October 2011 lows, emerging market equities and stock exchange traded funds have made significant gains, but some areas are beginning to taper off. It may be time to selectively pick performing countries and cut out the rest. "Despite emerging markets strong recent p...

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  • Five Global ETFs To Watch

    03-19-2012 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. stock market has strengthened in 2012, leaving many foreign and emerging market stocks in the dust. There are plenty of buying opportunities with emerging market and overseas exchange traded funds to be found. Foreign and emerging market economies and shares have not ...

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  • CBOE Launches ETF-Based Volatility Index Products

    02-29-2012 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Chicago Board Options Exchange and CBOE Futures Exchange are launching ETF-based volatility index products. The CBOE is the largest U.S. derivatives trading platform. "We continue to see tremendous interest in trading VIX options and futures and our other volatilit...

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  • Best Emerging Market ETFs

    02-22-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With global growth, copious liquidity and low interest rates spurring riskier investment strategies, emerging market equities and exchange traded funds have been among the most attractive assets this year. "The main argument for investing in international equities is for diver...

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  • Currency ETF Chart of the Day: Brazil

    02-09-2012 12:01 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Exchange traded funds following the so-called BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China are off to a great start in 2012 both in terms of performance and asset inflows. Today we want to take a look at one of the currencies of a major BRIC player, Brazil. The iShares MSCI...

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  • BRICs Lead Emerging Market ETFs

    02-06-2012 02:00 PM by John Spence

    So-called BRIC exchange traded funds that invest in Brazil, Russia, India and China are among the top performers among ETFs that track emerging market stocks. The iShares MSCI BRIC Index Fund ETF (NYSEArca: BKF), Guggenheim BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: EEB) and SPDR S&P BRIC 40 ETF...

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  • Brazil ETFs Gear Up for World Cup, Olympics

    02-05-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Brazil exchange traded fund has broken above its 200-day moving average amid the rally in emerging markets. Brazil has been the focus of many investors over the past few years, and 2012 could prove to be even bigger for the growth of the economy. Attention will be focused ...

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  • Foreign Investors Support Robust Brazil ETF Gains

    01-25-2012 09:44 AM by Tom Lydon

    After its worst annual performance since the financial crisis, the Brazil exchange traded fund may outperform most emerging and developed markets as foreign investors come back to Brazilian equities. The iShares MSCI Brazil (NYSEArca: EWZ) holds the country's largest companies...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Brazil

    12-30-2011 11:09 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil has surpassed Great Britain as the sixth largest economy in the world. Exchange traded funds pegged to Brazil have had a tough year, but their longer-term performance record on steady economic growth remains solid. The iShares MSCI Brazil (NYSEArca: EWZ) is down about ...

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  • Biggest Losers: Global ETFs That are in the Dumps

    11-23-2011 10:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global equities and exchange traded funds have bounced around in 2011 on the Eurozone debt crisis and uncertainty over the global economic outlook. If investors are looking for the ETFs that have been hardest over the past year for contrarian ideas, a good place to start is in...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Brazil

    11-21-2011 10:09 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    After more than doubling in 2009 and roughly flat-lining in 2010, the Brazilian equity market as measured by iShares MSCI Brazil (NYSEArca: EWZ) has faltered in 2011, losing 23.75% year to date. Currently, EWZ is clearly the giant in the exchange traded fund landscape as far as B...

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  • Brazil ETFs Hit by Lower Industrial Output

    11-01-2011 12:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Brazil traded to the downside Tuesday after a report estimating that industrial production fell 2% in September, more than expected. Brazilian stocks were also lower after a call for a vote in Greece put Europe's latest financial bailout in...

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  • The Contrarian: Downtrodden Global ETFs for Bargain Hunters

    10-24-2011 05:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    The summer downturn was cruel to many international markets, with several developed and emerging exchange traded funds on track for a tough 2011 despite the recent bounce. Since the market highs in spring, some global equity ETFs have taken a beating as investors dumped risky ...

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  • Brazilian Stock, Currency ETFs in Focus After Rate Cut

    10-21-2011 02:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's weakening domestic market and a slowing global economy are weighing on Brazil-related exchange traded funds, but Brazil's central bank is taking action to help alleviate the stress. The iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZ) is down about 20% over the past thr...

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  • BRIC ETFs Crumbling

    09-29-2011 03:22 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in the so-called BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China have been under pressure lately, raising questions about the health of these key drivers of the global economy. Cullen Roche at Pragmatic Capitalism on Thursday writes that the m...

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  • Assessing Risk in Brazilian ETFs

    09-13-2011 03:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil and exchange traded funds tracking the country have benefited from capital flowing into the country, but foreign investment also brings dangers, according to a report Tuesday. Investors have been enticed by optimistic growth projections for Brazil, but all that liquidit...

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  • Brazil ETFs May Get Boost from Surprise Rate Cut

    09-02-2011 08:22 AM by Tom Lydon

    An unexpected interest rate cut in Brazil may provide momentum for exchange traded funds that invest in the Latin American country, such as iShares MSCI Brazil (NYSEArca: EWZ). Emerging market governments have been cautious as global growth engines have been sputtering and maj...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: India

    08-31-2011 08:05 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Exchange traded funds and notes that invest in the so-called BRIC countries have suffered from a performance standpoint year to date, lagging the developed markets indices. The acronym stands for Brazil, Russia, India and China. For instance, EWZ (iShares MSCI Brazil) is down ...

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  • The Contrarian: Single-Country ETFs

    08-23-2011 03:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many exchange traded funds that track individual countries have been beaten to a pulp in 2011. Some bargain hunters see cheap valuations in these hard-hit ETFs despite global debt and economic tensions. Last week, we took a look at some of the most oversold ETFs measured by di...

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  • Checking in on the BRIC ETFs

    07-22-2011 11:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    Some investors use exchange traded funds indexed to the so-called BRIC nations -- Brazil, Russia, China and India -- for targeted exposure to emerging markets. Growth-focused investors often look at BRIC countries and the term was coined back in the early 1990s as individuals ...

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  • Germany ETF Falls as Focus Shifts After Vote

    06-22-2011 08:14 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund indexed to Germany was among the steepest decliners in Wednesdays premarket trading after Greeces prime minister survived a vote of confidence. The iShares MSCI Germany (NYSEArca: EWG) was down 2% before the bell. [Germany ETF Profiled] The vote of c...

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  • Brazilian Real ETF Creeping Higher Again

    06-14-2011 02:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund following the movement of Brazil's currency against the U.S. dollar has been rising after a steep pullback in late 2010 due to government intervention. The $410 million WisdomTree Dreyfus Brazilian Real Fund (NYSEArca: BZF) is up about 7% year to date a...

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  • Emerging Market ETFs Could Be On Course For A Turnaround

    06-02-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets exchange traded funds (ETFs) experienced their worst month in a year, but emerging markets may be set to fuel the next wave of global investments. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (NYSEArca: EEM) and Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) a...

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  • Keep an Eye on Brazil ETFs and Regional Banks: Strategist

    04-28-2011 02:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    An investment strategist for exchange traded fund (ETF) manager iShares recommends investors keep an eye on Brazil ETFs and regional banks. Some analysts like valuations in regional banks and the potential for takeovers by larger rivals. There are plenty of regional bank ETFs ...

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  • Brazil ETF Falls with Metal Prices

    04-13-2011 10:47 AM by John Spence

    The $13.1 billion iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZ) was down more than 1% on Wednesday afternoon in active trade, putting it on track for a third straight day of steep losses. Brazilian stocks fell on speculation China may take further measures to cool the economy...

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  • Are BRIC Economies and ETFs Coming Back?

    04-12-2011 06:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    So-called BRIC countries took a backseat to other sectors over the past year, but now they're getting more attention. For instance, Russia's single-country exchange traded fund (ETF) grabbed the spotlight recently, as its performance may have signaled a comeback. Are other BRIC (...

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  • Brazilian Real ETF Shoots Higher Despite Curb

    04-08-2011 12:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks the movement of the Brazilian real against the U.S. dollar has soared this week despite an attempt to cool the currency's rise. Brazil this week said it would extend a tax on offshore dollar loans. WisdomTree Dreyfus Brazilian Real ...

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  • ETF Spotlight: iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ)

    04-07-2011 02:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZ), part of a weekly series. Assets: $13.4 billion Objective: The fund tries to reflect the performance of the MSCI Brazil Index. Holdings: Top holdings include Petrobras Petroleo Bras-PR 11.58%, Cia Vale Do R...

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  • VIX Indexes Branch Out To Select ETFs

    03-29-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The latest method to measure portfolio risk and get a feel for what's going on in the stock market is with specific exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Chicago Board Options Exchange is launching volatility indexes, says John Spence of MarketWatch, based on the VIX, or CBOE Volatil...

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  • Can Obama's Visit To Latin America Cultivate Growth For ETFs?

    03-24-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    President Barack Obama's visit to Latin American countries may have proven influential for trade relations between the U.S. and subsequent economies. U.S. businesses, exports and jobs are topics that were hit upon, in hopes of hitting a turning point for markets and exchange trad...

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  • Brazil ETFs Take a Breather

    02-13-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil was one of the countries leading the way out of the global recession, and now the country is showing some signs of weakness. One clear sign? All but one Brazil exchange traded fund (ETF) have dropped below their 200-day moving averages. Seemingly everything from budget ...

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  • 5 Latin America ETFs to Watch in 2011

    12-28-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Latin America is one emerging market region to keep close tabs on. But the region has a lot of moving parts, which has resulted in varying performance in their exchange traded funds (ETFs). Brazil. It's been a flat year for Brazil. iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZ...

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  • Is Brazil ETF A Smart Investment?

    12-27-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Most exchange traded fund (ETF) investors hold emerging market exposure, and Brazil may be the least risky, emerging market investment destinations out there. Here's why. Brazil's economy grew 7.5% year-over-year ending September 31, and GDP expanded 8.4% year-to-date, writes ...

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  • New President Has Brazil ETFs Sitting Pretty

    12-07-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil has a new president, and with that, a new political agenda. Is the new leadership in Latin America's hottest economy enough to goose Brazil exchange traded funds (ETFs) into 2011? President Dilma Rousseff is the first woman to ever hold the office in Brazil. Thanks to h...

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  • Brazil ETFs: The Positives and Negatives

    11-24-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil has become a magnet for foreign investors. Is exposure to the country via exchange traded funds (ETFs) right for you? The Good. Brazil's macroeconomic changes are setting up the country with economic responsibility and international credibility, writes Cinthia Murphy fo...

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  • Brazil ETFs: New President, New Rules

    11-03-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the support of the previous president, the new president of Brazil may continue to nurture the incredibly strong emerging market. Investors have been flocking to Brazil's markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs), but the government may begin to limit the access for foreign i...

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  • Brazil ETFs Wait for New President

    10-06-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's run-off elections are scheduled to take place at the end of this month. Whoever the country's new leader will be could determine the future of this growing economy and its exchange traded funds (ETFs). The country's new leader will have big shoes to fill. The current ...

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  • Global ETFs: Where Investors Take Refuge

    09-25-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A recent Bloomberg survey shows that when it comes to investing in global stock markets, the United States has fallen out of favor. In which exchange traded funds (ETFs) can the investors be found? Mike Dorning for Bloomberg reports that although the United States is still top...

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  • 5 Reasons to Like Brazil, 5 ETFs to Play It

    09-24-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Uncertainty in the U.S. markets and poor economic readings have pushed investors to other top-performing exchange traded funds (ETFs), such as those that give exposure to Brazil. If you've been on the fence about this economy, read on. The Latin American country is rich in...

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  • Bernankes Assurances Lift ETFs After GDP

    08-27-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Second-quarter GDP was revised sharply downward this morning. But before the markets could worry too much, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stepped in with some reassuring words that were enough to sustain exchange traded funds (ETFs) and turn the markets positive in early t...

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  • Latin America ETFs: It's Not All About Brazil

    08-25-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy largely dominates South America, but other emerging Latin American economies are also showing some promise. Good news: there are exchange traded funds (ETFs) for them, too. The Brazilian Central Bank President Henrique Meirelles expects that the economy will ...

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  • A Glimpse at an Ivy League ETF Portfolio

    08-24-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's far from any sort of secret that Harvard's endowment likes exchange traded funds (ETFs). Recent filings show just how much, in fact. Harvard's endowment disclosed in SEC filings that it favored emerging markets ETFs, raising its positions in them in the second quarter whi...

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  • Brazil ETFs Lead the Latin American Economy

    08-03-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Political risk in this year's Brazilian presidential election isn't severe enough to faze investors. Latin America's economy will see some healthy growth, led by the quickly-expanding Brazilian economy. Additionally, Brazil exchange traded fund (ETF) investors may now track the c...

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  • Brazil ETFs: Growing, With Room for More

    07-22-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil is a growing economy, and the country is expanding its infrastructure to accommodate its rapid growth. The growth of Brazil's economy, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), has been quite impressive, but the Central Bank is stepping in to keep the economy from b...

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  • 6 ETF Plays for the Brazilian Economy

    07-08-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With well-established global economies and markets fighting to stay steady, emerging markets like Brazil and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) seem like they are effortlessly expanding in comparison. For now, Brazil looks like an attractive location to stash away one's wea...

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  • Brazilian Banks Lift Emerging Market Financial ETFs

    06-24-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging market banks are well-capitalized, well-funded and growing rapidly. Brazil's banks seem to be among the strongest of the bunch and the country has been the motor behind emerging financial exchange traded funds (ETFs). In the last month, both iShares MSCI Emerging Mark...

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  • Global X Launches First Brazil Mid-Cap ETF

    06-22-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global X, the exchange traded fund (ETF) provider behind funds covering Colombia, the Nordic countries and silver miners, is out today with a new one: mid-cap corporations in Brazil. The Global X Brazil Mid-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: BRAZ) is the first fund to give investors pure expo...

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  • Latin America's ETF Hot Spots

    05-28-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Recent pullbacks aside, Latin America's exchange traded funds (ETFs) are still worthy of a little attention. Several of them, in fact, remain above their 200-day moving average and have held up relatively well through the market's tumult. Only three Latin America-focused ETFs ...

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  • Global ETFs in Harvard's Portfolio: Do They Make the Grade?

    05-27-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Harvard's endowment loves exchange traded funds (ETFs) - it's true. In its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), we're privy to which ETFs in particular it loves, and which ETFs, not so much. As the richest university in the United States, Harva...

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  • Are Pure-Play ETFs Worth the Risk?

    05-24-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund (ETF) universe offers a breathtaking array of options to choose from. The latest addition to this universe is the pure-play ETF, which gives investors very focused exposure to a sector. With that focused exposure, though, comes more risk. ETFs were ini...

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  • ETFs That Could Benefit as BRICs Get Stronger

    05-17-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) floated the idea of conducting trade without relying on the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency. At the group's second summit in Brazil last month, BRIC countries voiced the need for big changes that could add to the st...

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  • What's In That There ETF You're Buying?

    05-17-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have come to love exchange traded funds (ETFs) for its ability to diversify a portfolio. However, some ETFs are more heavily weighted in sectors or companies than you might be comfortable with. Broad-based ETFs that track major indexes, asset classes and subclasses w...

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  • Will Your Money Be Safer In Latin America ETFs?

    05-14-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As a new fiscal crisis emerges in the developed world, investors may be inclined to push more money into the developing Latin America markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Robust growth and large reserves of natural resources are just some reasons to keep an eye on Latin Amer...

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  • Rising Unemployment Dings Brazil ETF, Perhaps Not for Long

    04-30-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Yikes. Unemployment in the growing nation of Brazil rose 7.6% last month. The numbers, which are down from 9% one year earlier, may not do much to calm concerns that the Latin American country's economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are overheating. The increase may, in fact,...

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  • Emerging Market ETFs: Is It Too Late?

    04-14-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With unemployment high, stock markets off previous levels, federal deficit in the trillions and a depressed dollar, the U.S. may be losing its edge. Don't lose heart; look at global exchange traded funds (ETFs) instead. Still, venturing abroad has its own set of risks - such a...

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  • Brazil ETFs: A Robust Economy?

    04-13-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While others were bogged down by the financial debacle, Brazil's economy only dipped slightly below zero last year, and its related exchange traded fund (ETF) may show some solid growth this year. However, Brazil's economy is still caught onto a couple of snags that keep it from ...

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  • How to Choose Emerging Market ETFs

    04-02-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Choices, choices, choices. Emerging market exchange traded funds (ETFs) are no longer just broad, all-purpose plays. There are sector funds, single country funds and, yes, there are still the broad funds. What you choose to own, though, depends on you. Greg Savage, managing d...

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  • The Best ETFs to Play the Brazil-Mexico Rivalry

    03-26-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy with its steadfast and robust growth is something to envy, and envy is exactly what Mexico is feeling. While both countries' economies and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have experienced remarkable gains, Brazil's denizens seem to be happier about their sit...

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  • Brazil ETFs: Central Bank Targets Inflation as Economy Expands

    03-22-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    You knew it might happen eventually. Brazil's economy has been white hot for such a sustained period of time that it's now looking at tightening monetary policy. That has many investors wondering what it might mean for exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the country's develop...

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  • Brazil ETFs: Using Caution If There's a Bubble

    03-15-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy is something it seems like every investor wants in on, and with all the economy has going for it, it's no wonder. But is the flood of new money into exchange traded funds (ETFs) and other investments going to come at a price? Direct foreign investment into Bra...

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  • 4 Reasons Mexico Is Just as Hot as Brazil

    03-11-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Mexican economy has its ups and downs, however, the resource-rich country often gets lost in the shadow of its Latin American counterparts - especially Brazil. But Mexico has promise and an exchange traded fund (ETF) to ride its coattails. Mexico may not have as many fans ...

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  • 7 ETFs for Latin America's Recovery

    02-25-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Latin America isn't content to just sit back and let the recovery happen to its exchange traded funds (ETFs). The region is taking matters of growth into its own hands, joining forces with Caribbean nations to discuss forming a bloc that would promote better economic well-being. ...

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  • 5 Reasons to Consider Brazil and 5 Ways to Play It

    02-16-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Are you interested in investing in emerging markets? Well, there are five good reasons why you should consider Brazil, along with five exchange traded funds (ETFs) to play the Brazilian market. A growing consumer market and governmental aid have increased merger and acquisiti...

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  • Amid Recovery, Brazil's ETF Shows Its Might

    02-05-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After noticing the potential for an asset bubble, investors have been pulling money out of Brazilian stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Nevertheless, Brazil is proving to be a robust economy as both consumption and exports rise. Angel Gurria, Organization for Economic C...

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  • How to Cope With Risks in Latin America ETFs

    01-29-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Latin America was the star of the global investing show in 2009. Now some are raising the red flag that this region and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be overheated. If this is actually happening, there are ways to protect yourself and keep from getting burned. Althoug...

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  • MSCI Rides the Wave of Global ETF Investing

    01-26-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, international stock markets were all the rage, sparking billions of dollars of inflows into exchange traded funds (ETFs). One big index provider managed to nab about 70% of that money, leading to an even bigger jump in its share price. Inflows into U.S.-listed ETFs...

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  • 4 Reasons to Stick With Emerging Market ETFs

    01-20-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Since the calendar switched over to the new year, little has changed in emerging market exchange traded funds (ETFs). In fact, if anything, the picture has gotten a little bit better despite today's blip. Productivity Improving. China and India have long been desired locat...

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  • What's Going Right for Brazil's ETFs

    01-06-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It is not often that a country has so many things going right. Brazil seems to be fortunate enough to have all the positive factors with little to impede its growth in its economy and related exchange traded fund (ETF). Brazil has a fast-growing consumer market, investment-gra...

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  • The 8 Best ETFs of 2009

    12-31-2009 02:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    The year began with a free-falling market, but once we hit March, the markets made a fast about-face. Commodities and emerging markets lead the markets in the 2009, and it's no surprise that their related exchange traded funds (ETFs) experienced some of the most gains. Which ETFs...

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  • Brazil ETF: How Country's Leaders Are Stoking More Growth

    12-21-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy has been one marked by steady, but slow, recovery this year. Now that a recession is in the rearview mirror, the country has shifted its focus to keeping inflation in check while goading further growth, which could reap benefits for its exchange traded funds (ETF...

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  • ETF Winners and Losers When the U.S. Dollar Is Weak

    12-11-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. dollar is steadily dropping. Yet, value can be found in certain areas of the market and exchange trade funds (ETFs). Who wins and who loses when the dollar drops off? The dollar's value relative to other world currencies has depreciated by a third since 2002, accordin...

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  • Brazil ETF: A Potential Not Yet Realized

    12-09-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging market economies, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), have shown a swift recovery and growth, for some, is only starting to gain momentum. Brazil is one such country that is beginning to realize its potential and emerging market investors should take note. ...

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  • 5 Country ETFs Off Their Lows, But Not Past Their Highs

    12-03-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The financial crisis dragged world exchange traded funds (ETFs) down, but investors are now coming back and stock markets are thriving again. There are still plenty of funds off their highs and presenting buying opportunities. Investors tend to bid up equity prices too high wh...

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  • Why Brazil's ETFs Are Among the Emerging Market Leaders

    11-20-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil is a country on the rebound. The country's related shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have reflected this with stellar performance so far this year. Why is Brazil a leader among emerging and developed markets? Brazil's policymakers' fiscal and monetary actions enab...

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  • Brazil's ETF: An Economy Just Getting Started

    11-17-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's domestic industries are showing a quick rebound. The economy, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), may be only just beginning to reflect a recovery in the emerging market. With a surge in domestic consumption bolstered by optimistic Brazilians, low unempl...

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  • Brazil ETF: Getting a Lift From China

    11-11-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Stronger-than-anticipated industrial numbers from China had a nice side effect for Brazil and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs): it heightened investor risk appetite Chinese factory output growth surged to a 19-month high in October. China, the world's third-largest ec...

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  • Are ETFs Creating An Emerging Market Bubble?

    11-09-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets exchange traded funds (ETFs) have raked in about $26 billion so far this year, which has sparked concern that all this hot money is feeding a growing asset bubble. But is this so? Some fear that this so-called "mindless money" is being thrown at these markets...

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  • How to Play Emerging Markets With ETFs

    10-30-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some of the best-performing exchange traded funds (ETFs) this year have been in the hot and getting hotter area of emerging markets. But is there any steam left in this rally? Although the pace may eventually slow down, Barron's reports that emerging markets still have room l...

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  • 4 Ways Brazil's Growing Middle Class Can Benefit ETFs

    10-29-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's development in recent years has had a key positive side effect: a booming middle class. The growth of this segment could help drive consumption and, in turn, boost the country's exchange traded funds (ETFs). Brazil is one step closer to joining the ranks of developed ...

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  • Tom Lydon Makes the Case for Brazil ETFs on Fox Business

    10-28-2009 12:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    Tom Lydon appeared on Fox Business this afternoon to discuss Brazil's exchange traded fund (ETFs). Oh, and if you've always wondered what Tom looked like before he became follicly-challenged, have your curiosity satisfied at the end of the video.

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  • 5 Top Emerging Market ETFs Off the Lows

    10-26-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging-market countries have gathered their composure with grace, and emerging market related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have bounced back to impressive heights since the March 9 low. Let's take a look at five emerging countries that have shown some robust gains. Turkey. T...

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  • Brazil's New Tax: What It Could Mean for ETFs

    10-23-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    This week, Brazil implemented a 2% tax on new foreign investment. What could this mean for investors in the popular exchange traded fund (ETF) that focuses on the country? To understand the implications of the new tax, it's important to understand how iShares MSCI Brazil (NYSE...

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  • Brazil Takes Advantage of Upgrade; How to Play It With ETFs

    10-07-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) are becoming more robust. As a result, the country is beginning to take on more responsibilities as its finances recover. Taking advantage of a recent sovereign debt upgrade, Brazil will raise about $1 billion in issuing global ...

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  • How to Play Rio's Olympic Win With Brazil ETFs

    10-02-2009 10:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    Rio de Janeiro has been named the winner to host the 2016 Olympics. What could this mean to Brazil's already bustling economy and its exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Brazil's economy has already been humming along, but two major sporting events could just be the icing on the ca...

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  • What Brazil's Upgrade Would Mean for ETFs

    09-24-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Moody's Investor Services is eyeing Brazil for a possible upgrade, which could give a boost to its exchange traded fund (ETF), which is already one of the year's top-performing funds. The possible upgrade of Brazil to investment-grade is good news for the country's financial s...

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  • Brazil Emerges from Recession; What's Next for Its ETF?

    09-14-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's gross domestic product (GDP) grew for the second consecutive quarter, ending the recession there on a technical level. But that doesn't mean the country and its exchange traded fund (ETF) can rest on their laurels just yet... The economic crisis has dwindled enough in...

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  • Brazil's ETF Is a Recession Success Story, But Will It Continue?

    09-02-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The performance of Brazil's economy and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) so far this year has shaped into one of the most compelling emerging market growth stories. Where does it go from here? Analysts credit the falling interest rates mixed with the government stimulus a...

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  • 5 Reasons Going Abroad Benefits Brazil's ETF

    08-25-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) only continue to get stronger. For that reason, it's no real surprise that the country is now increasingly looking overseas for other investment opportunities to boost the prospects of its companies at home. The idea of Brazilian...

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  • How ETF Trading Volume Shines a Light on Trends

    08-21-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a useful tool for investing and investors agree. Over the past couple of years trading volumes in the various ETFs have shot up. Let's take a look at which ETFs investors crave the most. ETF trading volume jumped from $142 billion in 2004 to $3...

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  • ETFs That Benefit From a Widening Wealth Shift

    08-17-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Not all countries and their exchange traded funds (ETFs) are created alike. The way various countries reacted to and recovered from the financial crisis is a testament to that fact. Two cases in point are Brazil and China, which are seemingly poised to dust the United States on a...

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  • What Brazil's ETF Has That Others Don't

    08-13-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy has turned a corner, according to the country's president. If that's true, its exchange traded fund (ETF) could continue to enjoy the handsome performance it's been delivering year-to-date. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced that Brazil's economy is...

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  • 8 Reasons Brazil's ETF Is Hot, Hot, Hot

    08-04-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    An easing global recession, increased demand for commodities and higher domestic demand - it's all come to benefit Brazil's economy and exchange traded fund (ETF). Some good things happening over there: Brazil's Bovespa index recently reached an 11-month high after ending ...

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  • Brazil ETF: 5 Signs of a Rebound

    07-24-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's government has taken a number of steps to jump-start growth in its economy and exchange traded fund (ETF). This now includes slashing interest rates back to a record low. In order to spur growth in Brazil's economy, the Central Bank has slashed interest rates yet aga...

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  • Will Mining Giants Still Pull Through For ETFs?

    07-20-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Mining goliaths, once riding on the steady profits stream attributed to high commodity prices, are now bickering over contracts with resource-rich countries that are no longer getting the levels of revenue desired. Mining firms and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them...

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  • Brazil's ETF: Emerged from the Recession?

    07-20-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy is now being forecast to grow at a faster rate than many anticipated it would, a situation that's positioning related investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs) to potentially take advantage, as well. This year, Brazil is forecast to grow around 4% to 5%, ...

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  • 5 ETFs That Have Done a 180 From 2008

    07-10-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In 2008, most exchange traded funds (ETFs) took a beating to some degree or another. In 2009, the economy is still limping along, but some of last year's most beaten-down have been crawling their way back with impressive results. Here are five of them. Note that this isn't a com...

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  • Asset Flows Illustrate Why ETFs Are the Go-To Investment

    06-24-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Assets flowing into exchange traded funds (ETFs) that target certain market sectors illustrates that more and more investors are getting hip to their benefits and realizing the positive role they can serve in their portfolios. ETFs are designed to mimic the index that they tra...

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  • What Brazil and ETF Are Getting Right

    06-22-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil is a leading nation in South America and has quickly risen to become a model of fiscal discipline, giving strength to their markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). What can we learn from them? Like many other countries, Brazil has taken a few blows during thi...

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  • How to Prevent Overexposure With Materials ETFs

    06-12-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In the midst of a global market recovery andrally, the materials sector and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) have performed remarkably well. But how do you make sure that you don't overexpose your portfolio to this one sector? The best way to prevent overexposure is to remai...

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  • ETFs to Watch As the World Decouples

    06-02-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As emerging countries "decouple," emerging economies and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may outpace the markets of bulkier developed countries. It is clear that the emerging market is recovering faster than developed ones, according to ETF Grind. While developed markets ...

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  • What Decoupling Means for Emerging Market ETFs

    05-25-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A phenomenon known as "decoupling" may explain why a few of the largest and least indebted emerging economies, and related exchange traded funds (ETFs), could be pushed along their own paths of fortune. After the collapse of America's economy and subsequent downfall of the eme...

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  • Why Brazil and Canada's ETFs Are Poised to Ride Out Downturn

    04-16-2009 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some countries are poised to ride out this economic downturn better than most, and they can offer exchange traded fund (ETF) investors some good options for their portfolios once potential long-term uptrends emerge. Brazil and Canada are in good positions for the economic...

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  • How BRIC Countries and ETFs May Help Your Portfolio

    04-06-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    By diversifying a portfolio, a potential investor could hold some emerging-market exchange traded funds (ETFs) from the BRIC countries. The BRIC countries, or Brazil, Russia, India and China, may be the ones to recover faster and experience sustained growth, writes John F. Was...

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  • 5 Factors In Favor of Brazil's ETF

    04-02-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets are one of the more popular themes in our investing universe and their may be potential for growth in Latin America, most notably Brazil, and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Latin American countries have been undergoing large infrastructure program...

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  • These ETFs Could Benefit If China Rallies

    03-25-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Once China starts thriving, China's trade partners will be in a position to gain from the increased trading traffic, and this may be reflected in their markets along with subsequent exchange traded funds (ETFs). China and Brazil's growing relationship has helped foster boosts ...

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  • 3 ETFs That Avoided the Market Lows

    03-12-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    March lows. At least that is what we focused on in the United States, but one area of exchange traded funds (ETFs) in particular managed to buck the trend. While the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both hit new lows on March 9, a few emerging markets, namely China...

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  • How Bad Things Are Good for Brazil's ETF

    03-06-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Why has the global downturn given Brazil and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track this emerging market an unusual tinge, resulting in an economy that is relatively in good shape? The Economist states the following reasons why Brazil is doing better than most, even though...

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  • Why Brazil ETF Could Prevail Among Emerging Markets

    02-11-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazilhas beenbe affected by the global economic downturn, however, many economists are examining the country's influences and are realizing that the world's 10th-largest economy may be better off, leaving exchange traded funds (ETFs) to reap rewards. Foreign-aid programs ...

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  • ETF Performance Report - January 2009

    01-30-2009 02:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    Economic news and corporate earnings from fourth quarter were reported through the month, affecting markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 9% for the month, the S&P 500 was down 8.6% and the Nasdaq 6.4%. iShares MSCI Chile...

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  • 4 Countries, Many Ways to Access Them with ETFs

    01-28-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are at dirt-cheap prices, and it would be a shame to not capitalize on this opportunity. ETFs are becoming a popular investment tool for investors to gain exposure to emerging markets by removing the onerous task of pi...

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  • Reasons Brazil's Economy, ETF Could Be in Good Hands

    01-21-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) are in good hands with leaders who are working hard to improve the Brazilian quality of life. Brazil's president, Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, is a pragmatic former trade-union leader with an astounding 80% approval rating in his se...

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  • 14 ETFs to Keep in Mind for 2009

    12-29-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It is just about that time of year where we reflect upon the year and resolve to improve upon our quality of life in a fresh new year. Let's just hope that exchange traded funds (ETFs) have not forgotten this tradition andwill resolve to undertake some new years resolutions for a...

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  • One Big Step Brazil Is Taking to Strengthen Its Economy, ETF

    12-11-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As emerging markets continue to grow and grab market share, a strong higher education system will be vital to their success. As a result, several major Brazilian companies have decided to build their own education systems, adding value to their companies and the exchange traded f...

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  • Ideas for ETF Investors While Waiting for Markets to Turn

    12-03-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A fickle market has investors hiding safely behind cash, but Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist at Economic Outlook Group, looks to some exchange traded funds (ETFs) when the markets calm. According to Bernard Baumohl in an interview with Ed Lin for Baron's Online, inves...

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  • Brazilian ETF Mirrors Financial Distress

    11-10-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the good old days of record commodity and credit growth are gone for the moment, Brazil and its exchange traded fund (ETF) face the stark reality of global economic unrest. Credit is scarce and banks have grown suspicious of one another.This set the stage for two of the lar...

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  • Brazilian ETF and Currency Fight Inflation

    10-29-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Brazilian real strengthened on speculation that the central bank's efforts to shore up the currency will help offset investor aversion to higher-yielding assets, giving the currency's exchange traded fund (ETF) some vigor. The Central Bank of Brazil sold 16,750 currency sw...

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  • Brazil's ETF Misses a Beat in Down Market

    10-24-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) are heading south like just about everyone else as investors take their money out of emerging markets. It was once believed that these economies were decoupled from the West, but lately, it doesn't seem to be the case, says Reute...

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  • Global ETFs Hit Especially Hard In Slowdown - Now What?

    10-23-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global exchange traded funds (ETFs), for the most part, have been hit harder than any other area. Most are at least 50% off their highs, while some are a full two-thirds or even more. As the U.S. economy slumps further, banks are lending less, leading to consumers spending les...

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  • China, Brazil ETFs Hit By Global Flu - But Good News Is There

    10-12-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Does any country get immunity from the global credit crisis and financial misery spreading around markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Apparently, China won't find it in these troubling times and will continue to take hits from the crisis. But that being said, growth is e...

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  • Latin American ETFs Hit Hard By Lower Growth Forecasts

    10-02-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Latin America's exchange traded funds (ETFs) were hit hard today, and its fastest economic expansion in 30 years might be coming to an end. The global credit crunch has been stunting investment and dampening demand for the region's commodities, say Joshua Goodman and Sebas...

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  • Three Countries, Three ETFs, Three Outcomes

    09-24-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    What do Chile, Brazil and South Africa have in common, aside from all having their own country-focused exchange traded fund (ETF)? The three countries are all facing inflation, and along with this, slower growth, but Chile stands out as a diamond in the rough markets. Chile bo...

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  • Brazil's Rising Middle Class Could Make ETF First Class

    09-12-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's recent rise among the industrializing nations has brought about rapid growth which has given way to a new social consciousness, as well as an exchange traded fund (ETF) that has a bright future. In Brazil, the middle class is described as someone with a job in the for...

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  • How Brazil, Argentina Handle Soaring Food Prices Affects ETFs

    09-02-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As food prices soar, the methods and approaches that different countries take to prepare are insightful and tells a lot about how their exchange traded funds (ETFs) might be affected. In Brazil, the government is helping farmers finance new machinery and equipment to grow mor...

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  • Brazil's Currency, ETF Could Benefit From New Ties With Japan

    08-28-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to foreign investing, don't forget about currency exchange traded funds (ETFs). WisdomTree Dreyfus Brazilian Real (BZF) presents a great way to get exposure to global currency and diversification all in one ETF. A little exposure to such funds could benefit inves...

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  • Mexico ETF Bucking the Trend on Strength of Components

    08-24-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Mexico and its exchange traded fund (ETF) are feeling down in the dumps, but its outpacing some other regions. The iShares Mexico Fund (EWW) has fared better than Europe, Russia, Asia, Canada, Australia and Brazil to name a few, so what gives? It could be that although growth ...

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  • BRIC ETFs Crumble and U.S. Is Left Standing

    08-15-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The so-called BRIC countries and exchange traded funds (ETFs) were stars in 2007, but now most of those regions are finding themselves feeling a little off. Over the past month, the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) has outperformed every BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) -focused E...

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  • Wal-Mart Seeks Expansion In Brazil, Taking ETF Shopping

    08-14-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It could be a win-win situation for both Brazil and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold Wal-Mart as a top component. Wal-Mart (WMT) is looking to expand in Brazil, where they are the third-largest retailer, in hopes that Brazilians will shop till they drop. Wal-Mart is l...

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  • ETFs Are Tested as Even BRIC Economies Feel U.S. Slowdown

    08-08-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the United States continues to experience a serious economic slowdown, exchange traded funds (ETFs) face many challenges as even the BRIC economies are feeling the repurcussions. Regardless of whether or not the United States is truly in a recession, it is undeniable that ...

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  • Brazil ETFs Reflect Strong Economy on a World Stage

    08-01-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's exchange traded funds (ETFs) may ultimately look promising as the country rides the biggest economic expansion in three decades. As this economy grows, Brazil has developed a new swagger that has provided it with greater leverage to push for a tougher bargain in trade...

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  • Goldman Sachs' Predictions Could Have Implications for ETFs

    07-31-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Goldman Sachs' economic team recently pulled out their crystal ball to come up with a new world order for the year 2040, and the prognostications could affect exchange traded funds (ETFs) in years to come. Take heed: this team was the originator of the BRIC concept (Brazil, Ru...

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  • Brazil and Its ETF Aren't All Growns Up...Yet

    07-23-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) exchange traded fund (ETF) is treading water at the same place it did at the beginning of 2008. With the country's rapid appreciation in recent years, is there really more room for expansion? The surprisingly quick pace of growth in this ...

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  • China's Redirected Foreign Investment Could Help Latin America's ETFs

    07-19-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    China's recent $250 million decision could help Latin America-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). China Investment Corp. (CIC) has decided to inject $200 billion into their sovereign wealth funds, and $250 million of that is going toward emerging markets, reports Irwin Gree...

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  • Latin ETFs Deliver Heat Over Last Five Years

    07-10-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Over the last five years, Latin America's exchange traded funds (ETFs) have shown they've got the moves. What's more, the region is exhibiting signs of being a reliable long-term sector, says Tom Sullivan for Barron's. Latin America gets a special boost in the area of natural ...

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  • Latin America May Be Slowing Its Economic Rhythm For ETFs

    07-06-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Is life returning to its trademark slow pace in Latin America as economies and exchange traded funds (ETFs) suffer in the wake of the U.S. credit slump? In Brazil earlier last week, the Bovespa stock index fell 10 points to its lowest level in 10 weeks after industrial output...

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  • Single-Country ETFs Are World Travelers

    07-05-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Single-country focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) are well-recognized for their investment benefits and instant diversification. They are one of the most simple ways to gain foreign stock exposure across a range of sectors, with less volatility and expense than single stock...

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  • Steel Prices Rise and Metals Gain to Solidify Related ETFs

    06-09-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    May turned out to be a good month for the metals and mining exchange traded fund (ETF). SPDR S&P Metals and Mining (XME) was the third-best ETF for the month, returning 14.9%,  according to Lipper. One thing in particular may have had something to do with its succes...

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  • Homebuilding, Mobile Phone Sectors Weigh Down Brazil Markets and ETF

    06-03-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's stocks fell to their lowest point in three weeks, taking its exchange traded fund (ETF) down with them. A larger-than-expected jump in industrial output had some people speculating whether the central bank would raise rates to calm the economy, reports Alexander Ragir ...

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  • Brazil and Its ETF Reaping Rewards of Natural Resources

    05-27-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

      Global demand for Brazil's exports are leading to strong economic growth for the country and its related exchange traded fund (ETF). Commodities such as iron ore, beef, ethanol, soy and copper are trading close to record levels, and iShares MSCI Brzil Index (EWZ) has gi...

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  • Single-Country ETFs Need A Closer Look Before Leaping

    05-26-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Hot spots within financial markets across different countries may be easier to spot than you think and exchange traded funds (ETFs) may help guide you. Ron DeLegge of ETFGuide says there are certain things to keep in mind when it comes to single-country funds, including: They...

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  • BRIC ETFs Could Strengthen After Countries Meet

    05-16-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The BRIC countries and exchange traded funds (ETFs) might be seeing even better days as the four countries meet this week to discuss economics and international cooperation. The foreign ministers of the four BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - are going to  ...

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  • BRIC ETFs Were Anything But In April

    05-07-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    BRIC exchange traded funds (ETFs) showed themselves to be solid in April. Investor interest and enthusiasm for the funds has peaked over the past several years, with outstanding sector-leading performances in 2007. Richard Widows for The Street researched the BRIC ETFs for ...

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  • How to Invest in Single-Country ETFs

    05-02-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track a single country have have been a boon to many long-term investors. They allow investors to reduce their exposure to specific regional disruptions, such as the recent credit crunch, and they up the exposure available to countries that are ...

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  • Brazil, Latin America ETFs Soar After Investment Upgrade

    05-01-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil's exchange traded fund (ETF) got a big boost after Standard & Poor's rated the country to "investment grade." The country's continually growing economy and debt reduction are cited as two reasons for the upgrade, reports Rob Wherry for Smart Money. Brazil...

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  • BRIC ETFs Have Many Access Points for Investors

    04-30-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A reader wrote in recently wanting to know more about BRIC and the related exchange traded funds (ETFs). We're here to help! BRIC stands for four of the fastest-growing emerging markets out here: Brazil, Russia, India and China. In 2007, these countries delivered some of the ...

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  • Brazil ETF Benefits From Economics and Agriculture

    04-21-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As exchange traded fund (ETF) investors look across the globe for investment opportunities, its hard to not take a second look at Brazil.  The economic leadership has enabled the country to grow and attract new capital, reports Mike Paulenoff of MarketWatch.  In 200, Br...

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  • More ETF Data for You to Geek Out On

    04-07-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last month, Jim Wiandt at Index Universe put together a table for exchange traded fund (ETF) data nerds. It was such a hit, he's got more for you. He put all 664 ETFs on a spreadsheet, multiplied the assets for each ETF by its expense ratio, then divided that number by the total...

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  • Latin America, Brazil ETFs Are Bucking the Trend

    03-20-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Most single-country exchanged traded funds (ETFs) are sitting below their 200-day moving averages. Many, particularly those in Asia, are in the double digits in their positions below their trend lines. Two funds are above, and they're sticking out like a sore thumb: iShares MS...

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  • Emerging Market ETFs Could Be Worth a Look In Rough Times

    03-18-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Is it time for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors to take a trip to emerging markets - or anywhere other than the United States for now? While some stocks are beginning to stir and the markets have been up so far today, thanks to optimism about the Federal Reserve's most r...

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  • Even In These Markets, You Can Still Find ETF Movers and Shakers

    03-12-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Yesterday, the markets delivered outstanding performance and some exchange traded funds (ETFs) finished up in the double digits. But one good day doesn't mean we're out of the slump yet. It's still time to take a defensive stance with your portfolio and make sure you've got tha...

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  • Brazil Is Tranquil Amid US Turmoil; ETF Stays Solid

    02-26-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil remains confident and poised, convinced that a U.S. recession will not affect neither the thriving domestic markets nor its related exchange traded fund(ETF). President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva said they are well-prepared to weather a United States recession because of ...

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  • Latin America ETFs Have Stability and Growth to Their Name

    02-21-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    We're only six weeks into the year, and the U.S. markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have gotten off to a slow start. The domestic markets are down anywhere from 7-12%. But emerging markets are another story. Sure, they carry more risk, but they also have been hol...

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  • Brazil ETF Shaking Things Up

    02-13-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It is hard to determine what moves a broad group of stock so much that an exchange traded fund (ETF) will move sharply, but one factor could be that the major holdings are concentrated. This can lead to volatility. Emerging market and country-specific funds are particularly pro...

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  • Latin America and ETF Are Rich in Resources

    01-14-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One person who's been to Latin America many times over the years has witnessed the changes that have played a part in the continent's growing exchange traded funds (ETFs) firsthand. Martin D. Weiss for Money and Markets has gone back and forth to the region since the age of six...

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  • Brazil's ETF Could Retain Its Looks Through 2008

    01-04-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil is generally known as the land of really good-looking people, and that tendency toward good looks extends to its exchange traded fund (ETF). The iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) was among the top performers for 2007, and Dave Mock for the Motley Fool takes a good look at...

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  • 2007's Top ETF Performers

    12-31-2007 01:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    After all of the global expansion we saw throughout 2007, it's no big surprise that exchange traded funds (ETFs) tapping into those markets remained the strongest performers. It was a race to the finish line, but the top-performing ETF this year wasn't even an ETF. It was the ...

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  • Latin America and Its ETFs On the Upswing

    12-21-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There's been a lot of talk about Asia's performance this year, but Latin America and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) that have been performing nicely too. PlanetQuant crunched the numbers and released their Global Equity Scorecard this week. They write on Seeking Alpha that t...

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  • Our 2007 ETF Predictions: How Did We Do?

    12-18-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Early this year, we boldly stepped forward and made our predictions for what we foresaw as the top exchange traded fund (ETF) trends of 2007. So, how did we do? Prediction: Global ETFs will continue to outperform their domestic counterparts.True. As the economy becomes mo...

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  • Does Brazil And ETF EWZ Have Staying Power?

    12-03-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Brazilian market has proved to be stronger-than-expected, but do the stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have staying power? The rise has been similar to other emerging markets, and due to the commodities boom iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (EWZ) has risen to the top. ...

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  • The BRIC ETF Theme

    11-26-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries are growing at a substantial pace, helping exchange traded funds (ETFs) and Canada attractive to investors. Why Canada? No matter what happens with the U.S. economy, the BRIC countries will most likely buy their resources from Ca...

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  • Do You Have an ETF Exit Strategy?

    11-23-2007 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Investors Weigh Heading For The Exits Jesse Emspak - Investors Business Daily With many of the year's most popular ETFs starting to look shaky, it's a good time to look at exit strategies. IShares FTSE/Xinhua (FXI), PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China Portfoli...

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  • New Energy Source For Brazil and ETF

    11-14-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil and its exchange traded fund (ETF) are already growing, but what happens when a new offshore field is discovered? This new oil field could turn the country into a global exporter and make Brazil the No. 8 energy producer, up from No. 17, reports Investor's Business Daily....

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  • ETFs: Who's Hot and Who's Not?

    11-14-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In China, 2007 may be the Year of the Pig, but in the United States, it's proving to the the Year of the Emerging Market for exchange traded funds (ETFs). Eight or nine of the 10 best-performing ETFs and exchange traded notes (ETNs) covering emerging markets, writes Heather Bell...

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  • Brazil's ETF Is Still on Fire

    10-30-2007 03:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) has been one of the top performing exchange traded funds (ETFs) so far this year. Currently, it's up 80.2% year-to-date. The exchanges share price on Monday represented almost 50 times forward earnings, reports the Financial Times. This is a h...

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  • Latin American ETFs Have New Competition

    10-23-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Two new leveraged mutual funds from ProFunds could gobble assets away from other Latin American exchange traded funds (ETFs). The ProFunds UltraShort Latin America ProFund (UFPIX) is designed to reflect twice the downside movement of the Latin America 35 ADR Index. On the opposi...

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  • Get to the ETF Party

    10-18-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are baskets of stocks that trade on an exchange like a single stock, but are modeled after index mutual funds. ETFs give investors tax efficiency and are not actively managed, so expenses are minimal. They also can provide instant diversification, lo...

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  • An ETF Passport

    10-08-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

                          Broad-based exchange traded funds (ETFs) could lead you to believe that you own a small piece of the world, but indexes such as the EAFE might have a few too many gaps. The $49 million ...

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  • What Constitutes an Emerging-market ETF?

    10-04-2007 04:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging-market exchange traded funds (ETFs) are attractive to investors because their countries' economies grow at faster rates than the developed countries, which is reflected in the ETFs' performance. However, the down side to emerging-market ETFs is that they tend to be more ...

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  • September ETF Session

    10-02-2007 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Let's look at some September exchange traded fund (ETF) happenings: The ETF 50 Index increased 4.7%, which is its largest monthly gain this year. Aaron Siegel for Investment News reports that the benchmark contains 50 of the most popular ETFs, and it advanced 3.5% in the third q...

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  • A "Triple Whammy" for Foreign ETFs

    09-27-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    International stocks, and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold them, are gaining more value now that interest rates have declined. Bill Donoghue for MarketWatch says it's a triple whammy: Rising foreign stock values, plus a weakening dollar and lowered interest rates combi...

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  • Brazil-related ETFs Benefit from Weak Dollar

    09-25-2007 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    As an emerging-market exchange traded fund (ETF), the iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) has been popular with many investors. Currently, it's up 51.2% year-to-date. Brazil's stock market had a record closing yesterday. In addition, Brazil's currency, the real, gained 0.21% to 1.86...

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  • Emerging-market ETFs - Still a Great Opportunity

    09-23-2007 01:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve's rate cut was much appreciated and anticipated by Wall Street last week, but there was a real gain abroad for emerging markets and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that focus on them. Latin America and Asia both got a boost, says Bill Donoghue for MarketWatc...

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  • ETF August Activity

    09-05-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) experienced a lot of activity in August. ETF Insider's ETF 50 Index, which represents the asset-weighted price performance of the 50 largest ETFs, accounted for 80.7% of total ETF assets, reports Aaron Siegel for Investment News. It increased by 0.6%...

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  • Current Affairs Affect Latin American ETFs

    08-21-2007 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although the iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index (ILF) exchange traded fund (ETF) is down 16.1% for the month, it's up 12.3% year-to-date and generally has been a strong performer for most of this year. ILF's main components are Brazil at 59.8% and Mexico at 29.5%. The countr...

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  • 5 Top ETFs for the Year So Far

    08-15-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Even with the markets in turmoil lately, it doesn't hurt to stop and examine exchange traded funds' (ETFs) performance so far this year. In doing so, a few ETF all-stars emerge. Can you guess which ones make the top five, according to Jeffrey Ptak for Morningstar? One of these ...

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  • Emerging Market ETFs: Right or Wrong?

    08-10-2007 08:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many exchange traded funds (ETFs) give investors easy access to globalization. While there can be benefits to investing in emerging markets, there can be drawbacks as well. Walter Updegrave for CNN Money gives some of the pros and cons for this investment sector: Wrong reasons ...

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  • Thinking Global, Acting Local with ETFs

    07-19-2007 01:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investing in global exchange traded funds (ETFs) has been a hot topic, as the global markets continue to outperform domestic markets. U.S. markets are reaching record highs, the DIAMONDs Trust (DIA) is up 12% year-to-date, but it still lags behind the top international ETF, iSha...

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  • Brazil Economy Helping ETF Become Top Performer

    07-19-2007 01:23 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil, and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that focus on the country, are on fire right now. Along with Brazil, the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are expected to grow at a rapid pace during the next several decades. Brazil does boast beaches and rain fore...

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  • The Flow is Foreign for June ETFs

    07-14-2007 01:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    International and fixed-income exchange traded fund (ETF) assets flourished in June, as investors took a tiny break from U.S. markets. International ETFs gained $3.7 billion in assets. iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) received $1 billion, the most in its category, reports Trang Ho for In...

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  • Many Domestic and Global ETFs Hit All-time Highs as Dow Breaks Record

    07-12-2007 03:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund (ETF) investors cheered from the sidelines today as the S&P's 500 index and Dow Jones' industrials soared to all-time highs today. Strong retail sales news helped give investors optimism regarding the economy. The Dow posted the biggest one-day percentag...

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  • Emerging Market ETFs Lead the Way

    07-09-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them have displayed the best one-year performances so far. Lipper data gives iShares FTSE Xinhua/China 25 Index (FXI) the top spot. Despite its February dip, it has one-year gains at 77.8%. The other hot performers...

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  • Latin America ETFs Post Inflows

    05-31-2007 01:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    China may be the topic of the day, but looking at the Latin American exchange traded funds (ETFs), that is where things are moving.  While China saw fund outflows this month, Latin American funds were the only emerging market funds to post inflows.  iShares FTSE/Xinhua...

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  • Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) ETF Gets Dissected

    05-14-2007 01:08 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets should see more of the spotlight as value-seeking investors  are attracted to cheaper stock prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) with long-term growth aspects. Last September, Claymore launched the BRIC ETF (EEB), which is up 6% this year.  Murray C...

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  • Reasons To Go Global ETF Style

    05-04-2007 01:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Diversifying investments is done with the intent of achieving higher returns while reducing risk. Recently, billions of US dollars have shifted into global stocks, funds and ETFs and the wave doesn't seem to be slowing any time soon. Nicholas Vardy for Seeking Alpha has some v...

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  • !Arriba! Mexico ETF

    05-03-2007 07:44 AM by Tom Lydon

    Barclay's iShares MSCI Mexico (EWW) is la primera among the rival Latin America-focused mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Based on 12 months as of April 30th, it is up 38%, compared to the iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index (ILF), at 26% and iShares MSCI Brazil ...

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  • Brazil ETF Sustaintainability?

    04-13-2007 01:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    Brazil has been a hot country for several years and the exchange traded fund (ETF) following the country has too.  That's not to say there have not been any setbacks.  Normally, it's a country's internal issues that cause setbacks (i.e. elections), however Brazil tells...

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  • Can Food Inflation Affect ETFs?

    04-01-2007 01:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    The latest recovery for exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be facing another challenge. There have been massive price surges in consumer foods over the past year (10%) and this is a result of the cost of global finished consumer foods. This past year corn has doubled, while grain ...

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  • International and Technology ETFs - Popular Again

    03-20-2007 04:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) had another solid day with Japan, Europe and Latin America ending Tuesday in positive territory.  Carl Delfeld of ETFXRAY.com reports iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) was up 1.96%, B2B Internet HOLDRs (BHH) was up 1.94%, iShares MSCI South Africa...

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  • Brazil ETF EWZ Is On The Up

    01-19-2007 12:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    During 2006, while India and China were all the rage Brazil's exchange traded fund (ETF), iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ), was up 45%. Carl Delfeld's main concern is if Brazil's economic recovery is sustainable or just another stage in the economic cycle. He says most of Brazil'...

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  • Brazil ETF Ready for Consumers in New Year

    12-24-2006 01:03 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities were the main support of 2006 for the Brazilian exchange traded fund (ETF).  The iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (EWZ) is up 37% year-to-date. Looking forward into 2007, economists believe consumerism will be the next big growth area for the country. Lower inte...

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  • Single Country ETFs

    11-16-2006 07:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Single country exchange traded funds (ETFs) require an investor to put some time and thought into their portfolio. If one wants to go foreign without investing in one single country, there are broad-based ETFs available.  Roger Nusbaum of Seeking Alpha offers his point th...

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  • Emerging Market ETF Investing

    10-30-2006 07:57 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have made investing abroad more comfortable. Looking at one-year performance, most of the top ten ETFs are emerging markets.  They include iShares MSCI Mexico (EWW), iShares MSCI Austria (EWO), iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ) and iShares MSCI Singapor...

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  • Latin American ETFs Lead for Month

    10-24-2006 01:44 PM by Tom Lydon

    Latin American exchange traded funds lead the pack for the past month.  Below are the ETFs in the region and how they have performed over the past month. iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index Fund (ILF) +14% iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ) +15% iShares MSCI Mexico (EWW) +12% ...

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  • ETF Valuations Are Key

    10-05-2006 09:14 AM by Tom Lydon

    Ticker Sense takes a look at the current market environment and finds that although the Dow is reaching new highs, exchange traded funds in global markets are not especially overbought.  His model shows most ETFs are not near their theoretical highs, some are even trading...

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  • Latin American ETFs Down Over 20%

    05-25-2006 06:42 AM by Tom Lydon

    The selling hasn't been pleasant domestically, but emerging market countries have been feeling much more pain. The iShares S&P Latin American 40 Index (ILF) is off 21% from its 2006 high and the iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) is off over 27%. "What I think happen...

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  • ETF Trends - Performers Giving Back the Most During This Correction

    05-17-2006 03:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Over the past three years, top performing exchange traded funds include: iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ) 62% iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index (ILF) 54% iShares MSCI Mexico (EWW) 46% iShares MSCI Austria (EWO) 46% Although the S&P 500 has been down 5 of the past 6 tradin...

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  • Using ETFs for Global Gains

    05-15-2006 10:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Carl Delfeld of Chartwell Advisor provides some interesting statistics about global trends and how investors can take advantage of these opportunities using exchange traded funds.  To highlight a few: The U.S. has not been the world's best stock market in 16 years - S&am...

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  • Buy and Hold ETFs Not Realistic

    03-28-2006 02:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    Buy and hold works well, in hind sight.  Based on three year annual returns, the top ETFs are iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ) up 73%, iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index (ILF) at 60% and iShares MSCI Austria (EWO) with 53%.  Along the way each of these had corrections of ...

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  • Single Country ETFs On Fire!

    03-20-2006 06:44 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFzone Trading Specialist, Jonathan Bernstein points out that single country ETFs have been on a fire the past two years. Many have appreciated over 50%! Some examples include: like iShares MSCI Mexico (EWW) and iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ) iShares MSCI Japan (EWJ), iShares MS...

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  • Emerging Markets ETFs On Sale

    03-09-2006 10:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last year was a stellar year for emerging market exchange traded funds.  As we posted in January, the top ETF performers were Latin America, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico, each having returns in excess of 44% for 2005. Can this trend continue?  Carl Delfeld finds arg...

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  • Latin American ETFs Begin to Cool

    03-07-2006 08:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Latin American exchange traded funds (ETFs) have suffered from the recent global market correction. As of mid-day trading iShares MSCI Mexico Index (EWW) was 8.03% off its most recent high, iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) was off 10.62% and iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index...

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  • Emerging Markets ETFs Full With New Money

    02-28-2006 06:07 AM by Tom Lydon

    Assets in international ETFs surged in January as investors continue to diversify overseas. The largest ETF provider, Barclays Global Investors saw the largest growth in their emerging markets ETFs: iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index (EEM) with 10.1% asset growth  ...

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  • 2006 ETF Leader - Latin America

    01-27-2006 10:28 AM by Tom Lydon

    iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ) is up 22% this year and iShares MSCI Latin America (ILF) is up 16%.  These numbers indicate there is a bull market somewhere in the world.  What is it about Latin America? Foreign Direct Investments continue to flow into the region Tourism i...

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  • Energy ETFs Top Performers This Year

    01-20-2006 09:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    In the past month energy prices have been rising.  Oil prices reached $68 a barrel and it is possible they may go on to $70.  Pressure on prices is coming from Iran, Nigeria and new threats from bin Laden.  Beneficiaries of the higher oil prices are energy stock...

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  • Latin American ETFs Outperform Other World Markets

    01-07-2006 07:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    The first trading week of the year saw U.S. markets surge forward finishing at their highest levels since mid-2001.  The Dow gained 2.3% for the week, the S&P 500 was up 3.0% and the NASDQ 4.5%.  Technology was a big topic this week with the Las Vegas Consumer El...

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  • Best Performing ETFs for 2005

    01-01-2006 08:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    The top exchange traded fund performers for 2005 were influenced by foreign economic expansion, consumer spending and higher energy prices.  Telecommunications, oil and building south of the border helped iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index (ILF) become the best performi...

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  • Global Investing Opportunities Better with ETFs

    12-20-2005 02:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the S&P 500 gained 3% for 2005 (through 12/9), the MSCI Europe, Australsia & Far East Index was up 20%.  U.S. investors wanting to participate in the booming markets abroad are flocking to exchange traded funds.  Money going into international ETFs for 20...

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  • Natural Resource and Latin American ETFs Lead the Pack YTD

    11-24-2005 08:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    As we wrap up 2005, look who the best performing Exchange Traded Funds are for the year: Updated 11/23/2005 Top Performing ETFs by YTD Performance View Bottom | More 4 WEEKSYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 Year --------- Click on column headers to sort by time period. -------...

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  • Top Performing ETF for September is Latin America (ILF)

    09-29-2005 12:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    ishares S&P Latin America 40 Index (ILF) was one of the top performers for September, up 13.8% for the month and 47.1% year-to-date.  This ETF focuses on leading companies in Brazil and Mexico (also top ETF performers for the month iShares MSCI Brazil EWZ and iShares...

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