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Global stock markets have shown a tighter correlation with U.S. stocks in the years following the credit crisis. However, the diversification benefits of overseas investing cannot be emphasized enough. Emerging market investing has been written about frequently, but the need for other developed markets exposure is necessary for proper asset allocation. The iShares MSCI EAFE […]

As the economic outlook gets murkier heading into the so-called fiscal cliff, investors should stick to high-quality stocks and exchange traded funds. Moreover, investors shouldn’t overlook opportunities in the emerging markets and fixed-income space. Steven Goldberg for Kiplinger said that investors “can still buy high-quality blue-chip stocks at discounted prices.” Goldberg provides a few suggestions […]

Emerging market exchange traded funds are looking ripe for the picking as their correlation to the U.S. stock market is low, and pricing is right. Many analysts are saying that they are buying opportunities now that China is showing signs of stabilization and the U.S. Presidential election is behind us, but there are still many […]

International ETFs are one way to diversify a portfolio of U.S. stocks. Most investors gravitate to ETFs tracking the MSCI EAFE Index, the well-established benchmark for international developed markets. However, there are many ways to carve up non-U.S. stocks that are worthy of consideration. When it comes to developed foreign market exposure, most investors turn […]

Concerns over political changes and growth in various countries, dragged down the equities market and stock exchange traded funds today. The markets typically respond negatively to any uncertainty and the presidential elections in France put investors on edge. After Sunday’s first-round of the presidential election, Socialist candidate Fran├žois Hollande came out ahead of incumbent President […]

For investors who want broad indexed exposure to international developed markets, the MSCI EAFE is a popular benchmark choice. There are two exchange traded funds that follow the MSCI EAFE. This year, a lower-cost version from Vanguard has seen money move in the door, while a competitor from BlackRock has experienced net outflows. Vanguard MSCI […]

Could country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) see a slow down along with the economies they track, as the International Monetary Fund cut its projections on global growth? According to the IMF, the world economy will grow 4% this year and the next, down from its previous 4.3% project for 2011 and 4.5% for 2012, reports […]

Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) continued to weaken Wednesday despite Greece’s promise to impose more severe austerity measures in an attempt to persuade lenders to keep providing bailouts necessary to avoid a potential default. Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (NYSEArca: VEA) was down 1.4% in afternoon trading. The Greek government has agreed to reduce pensions of […]

As the market marches toward recovery, ING DIRECT’s ShareBuilder 401(k) – an all-exchange traded fund (ETF) 401(k) plan provider – is feeling good about the year that just wrapped and the year that lies ahead. “We had a great year last year and beat all our forecasted numbers,” says Stuart Robertson, general manager and principal. […]

Reforms in the European Union’s economic system have come to a standstill after new problems emerged in some member states. Politics there are shifting right, but will these politicians aid the economy and related exchange traded funds (ETFs)? E.U. economics commissioner Olli Rehn stated that they will “propose a legislative package which will include credible […]

Europe’s debt problems have wreaked havoc with the stability of the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). After assessing the situation, some European countries may have come out ahead as economically favorable policies stay in effect Karen Olney, chief European equity strategist at UBS, believes that the sovereign debt crisis could provide some positive results […]

The euro has fallen mightily against the U.S. dollar, and some believe it will weaken even more. Regardless of whether the euro further weakens or makes a strong rally, it is prudent to know how much your exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio is exposed to the euro. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely […]

New exchange traded fund (ETF) providers Old Mutual and Jefferies have hit the markets with a slate of new funds, adding to their growing lineups. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as […]

There’s no doubt about it: the global economic recovery is happening. However, every region is recovering at its own pace, which means investors could see some uneven moves in the months to come. The varying levels of recovery should play out in exchange traded funds (ETFs), too. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely […]

Vanguard was a relative latecomer to the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry, launching its first fund in 2001. But the firm has since become the third-largest ETF provider, thanks in part to low fees. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on […]

Sings of a recovery are looming on the global horizon, and the numbers are evident in exchange traded funds (ETFs) from domestic and foreign markets, bonds, currencies and commodities. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be […]

The ongoing global economic upheaval has shaken European markets, along with the region’s exchange traded funds (ETFs), and they may have to wait for signs of stability elsewhere before Europe can see some semblance of normalcy. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. […]

Like many areas around the globe, Europe is getting crunched hard by the credit crisis, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) focusing on this region are suffering. Figures released in mid-August showed that the euro-zone economy shriveled to an annualized rate of 0.8% during the second quarter. It was the biggest reversal since 2001. Purchasing and […]

Vanguard has transformed their Total International Stock Index Fund (VGTSX) mutual fund and left behind the fund-of-funds idea. Instead, it will invest in individual stocks. Could it possibly lead to an exchange traded fund (ETF) version? While the provider claims that an ETF conversion is neither the goal nor the reason for changing this leading […]