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The developing markets have been falling behind developed stocks for the past few years, but as once outperforming plays grow long in the tooth, investors are taking a second look at the more cheaply valued emerging market exchange traded funds. Over the past five years, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and iShares […]

Investors are beginning to adopt greater international exposure to diversify their investment portfolios, and more are picking up smart-beta exchange traded funds to potentially enhance the overseas returns. However, potential investors should understand how these alternative index-based strategies may differ from traditional market cap-weighted indices. “As investors increasingly consider fundamentally weighted ‘smart-beta’ ETFs, we think […]

Notching rebounds of epic proportions, Russian stocks are among the world’s best performers this year and the effect is being felt throughout the exchange traded funds space. Led by an almost 33% gain for the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX), RSX, the iShares MSCI Russia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: ERUS) and theSPDR S&P Russia ETF […]

When it comes to investing in overseas assets, investors are becoming more finicky with their emerging market exchange traded fund exposure. For instance, James Daniel of The Advisory Firm dropped two broad emerging market ETFs, WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DEM) and iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), and replaced the positions […]

Exchange traded funds tracking Russian equities are among this year’s top-performing non-leveraged ETFs, emerging markets or otherwise. There could be more upside ahead for Russia ETFs as oil prices stabilize and if tensions with neighboring Ukraine continue to ebb. The Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX), the largest and most heavily traded Russia ETF, climbed […]

The last do not always wind up being first, but Russian stocks are giving it a go. Just look at the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX). One of last year’s worst-performing non-leveraged ETFs, RSX is, to this point in 2015, the year’s best non-leveraged ETF with a gain of 15.2%. Whether it is a […]

The U.S. is not the only market offering dividend growth to income investors. Last year, global dividend reached $1.03 trillion with $1 of every $7 of that total coming courtesy of developing world companies. Since 2009, emerging markets payouts have more than doubled and the trend of developing world dividend is continuing again this year. […]

These are not go-go days for Russia exchange traded funds in terms of performance, but investors do not seem to mind. Lured by some of the lowest valuations in the developing world, investors continue to allocate cash to ETFs such as the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX). From early August through late October, RSX’s […]

On news that Russia and neighboring Ukraine are nearing a cease-fire to end months of bloodshed in Eastern Europe, Russian stocks and U.S.-listed exchange traded funds soared Wednesday with the country’s benchmark Micex Index surging 3.6%. News agencies reported early Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had been in talks […]

Tom Lydon appeared on FOX Business Thursday to discuss opportunities with emerging markets exchange traded funds, including the advantages of dividend-based and low volatility strategies found in ETFs such as the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DEM) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: EEMV). The opinions and forecasts expressed […]

Russia’s benchmark Micex Index bottomed on March 14th and since then, stocks there have been in rally mode. Since that day, the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX), the iShares MSCI Russia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: ERUS) and the SPDR S&P Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RBL) have all gained more than 20%, entering bull markets as global […]

WisdomTree Investments (NasdaqGS: WETF), the fifth-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, said today that it now has 10 ETFs with at least $1 billion in assets under management. The WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (NYSEArca: EPI), the largest India ETF, is the newest member of WisdomTree’s $1 billion club. India ETFs are trading lower Monday, […]

Last year, emerging markets companies accounted for $1 of every $7 paid in dividends. Over the past five years, emerging markets payouts have doubled. One of the primary drivers of developing world dividend growth has been China. The world’s second-largest economy is the largest emerging markets dividend payer in dollar terms, a trait that has […]

There is no refuting that emerging markets dividends are on the rise and are playing an increasingly important role in compensating investors as they wait for moribund developing world equities to rebound. The proof is in the pudding on multiple fronts. Last year, emerging markets companies accounted for $1 of every $7 paid in dividends […]

Heading into Thursday’s trading session, the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) was down 18.8% this year, easily making the largest Russia ETF the worst performer among the four major single-country ETFs tracking BRIC nations. To paint a picture of just how poorly Russian stocks have performed in 2014, RSX’s year-to-date loss is great than […]

Emerging markets equities and exchange traded funds have been vexing propositions for investors for over a year. With little upside to be had from many of the big name, diversified developing markets ETFs, compensation for investors’ trouble has come in the form of increased dividends. Last year, emerging markets companies accounted for $1 of every […]

Last Friday, the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) gained 3.6% on volume that was more than triple the daily average ahead of Sunday’s referendum on whether Crimea will remain part of Ukraine or become part of the Russian Federation. Even with last Friday’s ebullience, Russia ETFs have been punished over the past month with […]

Well-documented have been the struggles of emerging markets exchange traded funds this year, but the reality is, these ETFs have provided little to write home about for long-term investors in recent years. Over the past three years, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) are […]

WisdomTree (NasdaqGS: WETF), the fifth-largest U.S. sponsor of exchange traded funds, earlier this week announced the expansion of its Latin America footprint, saying it received approval to list 12 of its ETFs in Peru. New York-based WisdomTree said the the Superintendencia de Banca, Seguros y AFP (SBS), the Peruvian pension funds investment regulator, approved a […]

It is cold in Russia. So are investors’ feelings about the “R” in the now notorious BRIC acronym. Russia is a chronically discounted emerging market. These days, Russian equities are so inexpensive that not only do stocks there trade at discounts to the broader emerging markets universe, but at discounts to their own long-term averages. […]

Emerging markets exchange traded funds can be part of an income investor’s portfolio and ETF issuers have met what was once rising interest in developing world dividends with an increasing array of new products. Some developing economies take dividends seriously or at least attempt to. For example, China is the largest emerging markets dividend payer […]

It was a rough year for investors in a number of multi-country emerging markets exchange traded funds. Slack 2013 performances by some the largest emerging markets ETFs has prompted some optimism about what the new year may have in store for these battered funds. Investors can get some compensation for betting on an emerging markets […]

Today we are speaking more about an individual listed equity than a particular ETF, but it is a company that is fully vested in the ETF industry itself, WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (WETF). The stock has traded extraordinary volume in the past couple sessions (5-7 million share range versus ADV of 1.93 million shares) and we […]

Once slumbering China exchange traded funds started to get their groove back in November as investors bet valuations among the lowest in the developing world and recently announced reforms will foster further upside for Chinese shares. Bolstered by Beijing’s reform-minded approach to improving the world’s second-largest economy, China-specific ETFs saw a combined $1.2 billion of […]

There are three exchange traded funded funds offering exposure to Russian large-caps: The Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX), the oldest and largest of the trio; the SPDR S&P Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RBL) and the iShares MSCI Russia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: ERUS). All three traded higher last month, which could be a sign that although […]

It has been another banner year for dividend as positive dividend actions across S&P 500 stocks have far outpaced cuts and suspensions. Notably, dividend ETFs are shining in what some have dubbed the golden age of dividends. ETF issuers are meeting investors’ demands and passion for dividends with a steady stream of new income funds. […]

Select diversified emerging markets exchange traded funds have been on a tear after bottoming in late June. For example, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the second-largest emerging markets ETF by assets, has jumped 10.2% since July 19. Investors have been embracing the notion that emerging markets are oversold and that a late […]

Select emerging markets exchange traded funds have been ramping higher in recent weeks, but at least one major global bank sees bullish opportunities with some of the most familiar developing economies. Citigroup’s proprietary value-plus-momentum model continues to overweight China, Russia, South Korea and Taiwan, Shuli Ren reports for Barron’s.  Assets allocated to the largest country-specific […]

With its August 1 debut, the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Dividend Growth Fund (NasdaqGS: DGRE) is one of the newest additions to a rising theme in the ETF industry: Funds that look to harness the concept of dividend growth. The idea of being compensated for taking on some added risk with emerging markets stocks and ETFs […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. On Thursday, I focused on the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund (DEM). Emerging markets are still expected to outpace developed market growth and investors can […]