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  • Country ETF Winners and Losers as Oil Prices Rise

    05-13-2015 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Various economies and country-related exchange traded funds could react differently as we see a rebound in crude oil prices. Major oil producers will enjoy a reprieve in their energy-induced sell-off, but large consumers may find their wallets a little lighter after paying for...

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  • Asset Allocation With WisdomTree ETFs

    01-27-2015 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    WisdomTree (NasdaqGS: WETF), the fifth-largest U.S. provider of exchange traded funds, introduced four ETF model portfolios aimed at investors with varying degrees of objectives and risk tolerance. These four model portfolios are strategic in nature but also reflect our curren...

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  • Middle East ETFs Rally, Top Oils Modest Bounce

    12-22-2014 11:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Futures-based oil exchange traded funds, namely the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), finished last week in fine form. Both USO and BNO jumped more than 3% off their Tuesday lows through the end of the week. However, i...

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  • Middle East Dividend ETF Changes for the Better

    11-18-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund (NasdaqGM: GULF) merits consideration in the conversation about emerging markets dividends and accessing those dividends via exchange traded funds. A 4.25% dividend yield for the WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Index (WTEMME), GULFs und...

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  • S&P Demotes Morocco to Frontier Status

    11-12-2014 01:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    S&P Dow Jones Indices announced Wednesday that following the results of its Country Classification Consultation that Morocco has been demoted to the frontier markets classification from emerging markets status. Morocco was demoted to frontier status because the lack of liq...

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  • New Qatar ETF Soars as Foreign Ownership Limits Increase

    05-27-2014 12:22 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of the new iShares MSCI Qatar Capped ETF (NasdaqGM: QAT) are up 3.5% Tuesday, making the fund one of the bright spots in an otherwise dreary day for emerging markets ETFs, after the Middle East nation boosted foreign ownership limits for Doha-listed stocks. The long-awa...

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  • Bank on Qatars Banks With These ETFs

    05-12-2014 11:14 AM by Todd Shriber

    When it comes to the financial services sector, many investors are content to stick with U.S. stocks. Often times, if those investors do have exposure to emerging markets financial services firms, it is through a diversified exchange traded fund, such as the iShares MSCI Emerging...

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  • Aprils Best ETFs: Commodities Cruise

    05-01-2014 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It was not a memorable April for U.S. stocks, but it was not a dreadful month, either. When parsing through the best and worst exchange traded funds of the month, some obvious themes emerge. Among the worst ETFs, momentum funds suffered. Aprils worst non-leveraged ETFs run the...

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  • Big Things From Small Packages With These ETFs

    04-27-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, global exchange traded products hauled in a record $247.3 billion, topping $200 billion for the second consecutive year. Flows to U.S. ETFs and ETNs dominated at a combined $190.5 billion, but in the first quarter U.S. ETFs brought in just $15 billion. That is to sa...

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  • Looming Departures Could be Good News for Frontier ETF

    04-17-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    In search of better returns compared to emerging markets and lower correlations to U.S. and emerging equities, investors have increasingly embraced investing in frontier markets. That much is evident by the rapid success of the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF (NYSEArca: FM). FM ...

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  • Foreign Investors Flocking to UAE, Qatar, Lifting These ETFs

    04-08-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Even as more familiar developing world equity markets rebound, frontier markets are on the receiving end of increased attention by global investors. That much is cemented by the 7% gained by the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF (NYSEArca: FM) over the past month, a run that exten...

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  • The Ongoing Allure of Frontier Markets

    03-31-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets exchange traded funds are starting to make a comeback. How long the rebound lasts is up for debate, but the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) is up 3.2% over the past month. EEM and rival ETFs still have a long way to reclaim lost glory. Divers...

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  • Catalysts for Emerging Markets ETFs? Maybe

    03-06-2014 01:29 PM by Todd Shriber

    For as bad as things have been for emerging markets equities this year, the 1.8% year-to-date losses sported by the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) are not dreadful. Factor in Thursdays action, and VWO a...

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  • Middle East ETF Still Shining

    03-06-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Some emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds have recently shown signs of improvement, but real strength continues to be seen in Middle East markets namely Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Those markets combine for 58% of the WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund ...

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  • Egypt ETF in Play on Russell Demotion

    03-04-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) will be one to watch Tuesday after index provider Russell Investments said it is demoting North Africas largest economy to frontier markets status from emerging markets classification. Russell Investments made the announcemen...

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  • Middle East ETFs Could Pullback as BlackRock Reduces UAE Exposure

    02-24-2014 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    After soaring since early 2013, frontier markets exchange traded funds and dedicated Middle East ETFs could face a near-term pullback on news that BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) has reduced its exposure to shares in the United Arab Emirates. BlackRock, the worlds largest asset manager,...

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  • Stable Currencies Help Frontier Market ETFs Attract Investors

    02-21-2014 02:48 PM by Max Chen

    Emerging and developed markets started 2014 in downbeat fashion, frontier countries and the related exchange traded funds, have come out relatively unscathed, attracting investors with their fixed currency policies. Funds exposed to less-developed countries experienced inflows...

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  • Teeing Off With GULF

    02-12-2014 11:17 AM by Todd Shriber

    Imagine the allure of equity markets that are soaring while providing investors with global exposure and strong dividend yields without the often irksome correlations to developed and emerging markets stocks. That combination may sound hard to obtain. Actually, it is not. That...

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  • Global ETFs to Diversify Emerging Market Risk

    02-10-2014 01:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    The economic and political problems in developing economies sent waves through the global markets. Nevertheless, the emerging markets should still be a part of a diversified global portfolio, and investors can utilize exchange traded funds to navigate the world. For starters, ...

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  • Diversify a Global Portfolio with a Middle East ETF

    02-07-2014 08:15 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 fund market. This Thursday, I focused on the WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: GULF). While the emer...

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  • A Surprising Region Leads Foreign ETFs in 2014

    01-30-2014 02:12 PM by Todd Shriber

    Here is a factoid that illustrates just how bad things are for foreign exchange traded funds this year: With a year-to-date gain of 1.7% heading into Thursdays session, the iShares MSCI New Zealand Capped ETF (NYSEArca: ENZL) was on the list of the 10 best foreign, non-leveraged ...

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  • Despite Argentina, Frontier ETF Still Tops EM Rivals

    01-27-2014 01:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    In an extension of a trend that started in earnest last year, the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF (NYSEArca: FM) is keeping its head above water even as it emerging counterparts flail. Heading into the start of trading Monday, FM was up 1.2% this year compared to an average loss...

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  • WisdomTree: Our Best- and Worst-Performing Funds through Q3 2013

    11-14-2013 11:10 AM by WisdomTree Investments

    There have been a number of big stories impacting WisdomTrees global product lineup in 2013 (through September 30): Japan: Japanese equities1 have rallied significantly, largely as a result of an aggressive monetary policy and a government commitment to stimulating economic g...

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  • Potential Syria Strike Throws Middle East ETFs into Turmoil

    09-05-2013 12:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    Talk of a U.S. military strike in response to chemical weapon deployment in Syria has weighed on Middle East exchange traded funds as geopolitical tensions fuel uncertainty. The Market Vectors Gulf States Index ETF (NYSEArca: MES) declined 7.5% and WisdomTree Middle East Divid...

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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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  • Some Dividend ETFs Outperforming the S&P 500

    05-21-2013 01:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend investors typically give up on fast growth in favor of steady income. However, some dividend exchange traded funds have been outpacing the broader S&P 500 so far this year. Of the almost 50 dividend-focused ETFs on the market, 18 are outperforming the S&P 500,...

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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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  • Best Dividend ETFs

    02-16-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds have become a key component holding for many investors, especially for those looking for that extra bit of cash on the side. Dividend ETFs specifically pick out companies known for their dividend yields, but among the ETF universe, the markets m...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Egypt

    11-29-2011 04:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a tenuous transition from the ousting of the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and continued violence, parliamentary elections helped ease stability concerns, lifting Egyptian markets and a related exchange traded fund that's fallen in November. In the Middle East, tensio...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Dividend Funds

    08-23-2011 10:21 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Market turmoil such as what we have faced recently in equities often causes value investors to come out of the woodwork and start hunting for potential bargains. One investment strategy that seems to gather steam when equity indices have fallen sharply from their highs is that...

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  • Frontier Market ETFs 101

    03-28-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Frontier markets is an investment sector that is just gaining traction with investors. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking these markets have given individual and institutional investors alike exposure to exotic markets with growth potential. This exposure doesn't come with out...

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  • Gulf ETFs: Worth The Risk?

    03-27-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    With all of the news of protests, uprisings and cut offs of oil supply, one may wonder why invest in Middle East or Gulf region exchange traded funds (ETFs). Despite all of the unsettling news, the ETFs have been performing over the past month. [Gulf ETFs: Volatility Could Rule.]...

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  • Middle East ETFs: Volatility Could Rule

    02-23-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Around the world, international economies are showing life again and investors are accepting a little more risk in their portfolios. But investors looking at Middle East markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been pushed away amid an uncertain economic and social outlook f...

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  • Middle East ETFs Tumble Amid Spreading Unrest

    02-15-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the Egyptian saga comes to a denouement, the focus is shifting to other Middle East nations. An increase in demonstrations and violent protests in the Middle East threatens to destabilize the region's economies, and Middle East exchange traded funds (ETFs) are spilling on the ...

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  • Egypt ETF Soars on Mubarak Resignation

    02-11-2011 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After 18 days of intense and sometimes violent protests, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ceded power to the country's military. Within minutes, Market Vectors Egypt (NYSEArca: EGPT) exchange traded fund (ETF) jumped up 6% and trading volume roared. It's not the only ETF that ...

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  • Egypt ETFs Lure Investors In Droves

    02-01-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Egyptian economy is said to be all but shut down as its citizens stage a revolution. That hasn't stopped investors from piling into the Market Vectors Egypt (NYSEArca: EGPT) exchange traded fund (ETF). You'd think the last place an investor would want to be is in a country...

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  • Egypt ETF Suspends Share Creation

    01-31-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The rising intensity of unrest in Egypt has forced the Market Vectors Egypt (NYSEArca: EGPT) exchange traded fund (ETF) to suspend share creation. Egypt's stock exchange has closed down for an indefinite period as a result of the protests. Van Eck's decision to suspend share c...

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  • Unrest in Egypt Has Mixed Impact on ETFs

    01-31-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) this morning are largely misex as investors weighed concerns over growing unrest in Egypt against optimism over relatively positive economic data and robust corporate earnings thus far. U.S. consumer spending rose more than expected in December to...

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  • 5 Africa ETFs to Watch Amid Egypt Protests

    01-25-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Over the last 10 days, Market Vectors Egypt (NYSEArca: EGPT) exchange traded fund (ETF) has lost nearly 8% of its value. Protests in the capital city could keep EGPT and other Africa-centric ETFs from making big upward moves anytime soon. The protesters are bent on using the m...

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  • Sate Your Risk Appetite With Frontier Market ETFs

    01-11-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Were you impressed by your emerging market allocations last year? Well, frontier market exchange traded funds (ETFs) eclipsed those markets and could continue to do so as businesses globalize and commodities get pricier. Frontier markets are doing better than the emerging mark...

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  • 10 ETFs to Play Byron Wien's 2011 Predictions

    01-05-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A well-known economic prognosticator has issued his 10 predictions for the New Year. If they come to fruition, you'll want these exchange traded funds (ETFs) on your radar to capitalize. Gregory White for Business Insider reports that Byron Wien, Vice Chairman of Blackstone Ad...

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  • The World Cup Stimulates Host Country ETFs

    12-18-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you were wondering whether the World Cup actually delivered any meaningful benefit to the host country and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track it, the proof that it does is here. The last World Cup helped South Africa's economy generate $527 million and brought in more ...

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  • Dividend ETFs: Ignore At Your Own Expense

    12-17-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although Treasury yields have been coming back up of late, there are still plenty of reasons to consider exposure to dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors seem to being buying that notion, too. Despite feeling bullish that the markets will continue to improve over t...

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  • 6 ETFs to Play the World Cup Picks

    12-03-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The World Cup not only draws the world's attention on a single country, it also provides a nice boost in economic activity. Now that Russia and Qatar will be hosts to the world's largest sporting event, exchange traded funds (ETFs) may become enriched by their successful hosting ...

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  • Frontier Market ETFs Deliver Benefits

    11-20-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets are growing so quickly that more intrepid investors are looking for other ground floor opportunities. That's leading them to frontier market exchange traded funds (ETFs). A lesser-known part of the investment world are frontier markets, which can also be descr...

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  • How Qatar Keeps Gulf ETFs on Investors' Radar

    10-30-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Thanks to vast reserves of oil and free-flowing cash, the Middle East has become an investing hot spot. The jewel in the crown of Middle East exchange traded funds (ETFs), however, just might be Qatar. The Gulf has continued to beat the odds laid out by the global financial cr...

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  • Investing in the 'Islamic Triangle' ETFs

    09-22-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors who want greater diversification in their portfolios need to think globally. Keeping that in mind, investors may want to consider investing in the "Islamic Triangle" or exchange traded funds (ETFs) that cover the Middle East North Africa (MENA) area. First off, count...

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  • Middle East ETFs: A Good Area to Invest?

    09-09-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Middle East seems to be unfazed by the global economic crisis and investors are putting more money into the region. But has near-term sentiment toward the region's exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned bearish? In a survey conducted by the Foreign Investment Office of the Du...

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  • Frontier Market ETFs: Growth With a Side of Risk

    08-10-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you're looking to bet on growth with a side of risk, frontier markets might be your speed. Allocations to these small, expanding markets exist in exchange traded fund (ETF) form. Frontier markets - countries even less developed than emerging ones - could offer better return...

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  • ETF Alternatives for Getting Oil Exposure

    04-23-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil prices are inching higher and for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors there are several ways to play the future of oil. ETFs can provide exposure to oil through futures contracts or through companies that deal directly with oil. Add one more way to get exposure to that list....

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  • Dubai Aside, Middle East ETFs Present Opportunities

    12-09-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As markets pause on news about Dubai World's extension on debt payments, there are still plenty of reasons to give Middle East-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) a look. Debt concerns about Dubai remain after a credit rating agency cut its ratings on six state-connected com...

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  • Emerging Markets Are Hot, But What About Frontier Market ETFs?

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

    Middle East-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) have garnered more attention as fears about Dubai escalated. Yet, many investors don't realize that the region is only one facet of the larger frontier markets category. Middle East ETFs, such as the SPDR S&P Emerging Middle...

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  • Dubai Worries Agitate Middle East ETFs, But Will It Blow Over?

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

    Talks of a possible debt default by a major Middle Eastern company have agitated global markets, and Middle East-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have also responded with significant contractions. But is it all just a temporary blip? Global markets were taken aback by news...

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  • Midday Market Update: Dubai Worries Continue to Weigh on Stocks

    11-30-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Concerns about a possible debt default in the Middle East made investors nervous and weighed on stock and exchange traded fund (ETF) prices this morning. Investors were also concerned about the strength of the holiday shopping season. Investors continued to fret abo...

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  • Middle East ETFs: The Next Big Growth Spot?

    11-16-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Growth in the Middle East is not just limited to its oil industry. Countries in the region are branching out to many different areas of the global market and Middle East related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may soon mirror the economic expansion that comes with diversification. ...

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  • Why Frontier Market ETFs May Be the Next Big Thing

    10-17-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Frontier markets are a notch below emerging markets, but they're preparing to become a force in their own right. There are a variety of exchange traded funds (ETFs) that can help you access these nascent economies. Over the next three-to-nine months, frontier markets are anti...

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  • 5 Risks That May Impact Middle East ETFs

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

    The Middle East is a sensitive and volatile region. This makes it especially important for investors in these exchange traded funds (ETFs) to be aware of any risk factors. Although the Middle East has been viewed as a fertile region for investors, there are still risks that g...

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  • 10 Ways to Access Middle East Growth With ETFs

    06-17-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Middle Eastern region is influencing world affairs and exchange traded funds (ETFs) in a big way as global economic development becomes more and more tied to the region's copious reserves of hydrocarbon resources. Since 2000, the Middle East has seen growth above 5% and ha...

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  • What Middle East's Currency Union Means for ETFs

    06-12-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Middle Eastern countries could form a monetary union that could potentially further consolidate their economic power and boost their markets, along with subsequent exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Middle East is being transformed by the retail industry, according to Reportlin...

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  • 3 Forces Impacting Gulf Economies and ETFs

    05-19-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many oil-exporting economies are set for contraction in the coming year as the global slowdown is showing latent effects and oil prices continue to waver, putting related exchange traded funds (ETFs) on pause for now.The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth foreca...

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  • How Can Islamic Banking System Help Our Economy and ETFs?

    04-19-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Can the Islamic banking system be a model for the United States, and if the overseas system had been in place domestically prior to the market meltdown, would stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been better off? While consistency and sustainability are the foundation...

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  • How Middle East and ETFs Rose Above Global Crisis

    04-03-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It appears thatMiddle Eastern countries, and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track this volatile portion of the globe have been among the least affected from the global economic crisis. How? Despite lower oil revenues, cuts in oil input and an increase in crude supplies,...

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  • Feeling Exotic? Here Are 7 ETFs in Different Asset Classes

    01-08-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are expanding with novel options that will perhaps entice the weary investor or enthrall the risk-seeker in the markets. By using ETFs, investors may diversify their portfolios with ETFs that track national indexes or broad baskets of well-known lo...

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  • Why Middle Eastern ETFs Could Prove Themselves in 2009

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

    As 2009 approaches many investors are considering where to put their money in the New Year, particularly with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Will the Middle East and Africa be a profitable place to put your money in the near future? The real estate market may prove to be a dece...

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  • Are The Gulf States, ETFs Dried Up With Oil Prices?

    12-06-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    You are viewing an older ETF Trends article from 2008. You may be interested in reading our more current articles on Commodity ETFs and Frontier Markets. The United Arab Emirates has watched from a distance as the global credit crunch has unraveled in the West, but they di...

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  • Middle East ETFs, Indexes Attract Global Interest

    11-17-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Areas of emerging markets displaying potential for continued rapid growth (at least, after the global economic downturn finally abates) include the Middle East, and Dow Jones Indexes has launched two new indexes for exchange traded funds (ETFs). BNP Paribas has been licensed t...

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  • Middle Eastern ETFs May Push Pause

    11-05-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Middle Eastern countries have seen investors are scaling back, as the region and exchange traded funds (ETFs) lose capital flows. Arab Gulf capital inflows are essential for these economies to continue their growth spurt. As investors' appetites for the region are waning, ...

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  • Africa, ETF Have Challenges to Overcome

    09-19-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Back in July 2008, Market Vectors launched an exchange traded fund (ETF) that invests in companies on the continent of Africa. The index is the Dow Jones Africa Titan 50 Index, and the highlight of this ETF is that it tracks the entire continent of Africa, not just the region of ...

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  • Egypt's Uncertain Future Could Hit ETFs

    09-13-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Egypt might not be all that it seems when it comes to real life and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Visitors to the country might see nothing but posh beach resorts and glimmering factories, with the rumble of stable economic growth and much promise. But a closer look reveals wh...

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  • The Middle East Could Be Too Mysterious for Some ETF Investors

    09-06-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Middle East is shrouded in mystery and investors who want to dabble in those economies should do so with a bit of caution, say advisors, as exchange traded funds (ETFs) are allowing access for all. ETF providers are already scoping out the Gulf as the next investment front...

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  • Van Eck Dives Into The Gulf With New ETF

    07-25-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Van Eck is trekking out into frontier markets with the launch of their exchange traded fund (ETF). Market Vector Gulf States (MES) gives easy access to the gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Katar and United Arab Emirates. The fund's expense ratio is 0.50%, with total n...

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  • WisdomTree ETF Travels To The Middle East

    07-17-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree has edged their way into the Middle East exchange traded fund (ETF) lineup with the launch of a new fund. The WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund (GULF) covers the same region as S&P's GCC40 Index, which has no ETF yet associated with it, reports ETF Guide. ...

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