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  • A Meat Wars ETF
    Tue, Jun. 3 HSH, TSN, PSL Comment!

    Summary

    • Merger & Acquisition activity puts spotlight on the consumer staples industry.
    • Highlight a fundamental index-based consumer staples ETF.
    • How the PowerShares consumer staples ETF differs from other offerings.
  • Low-Volatility Approach Working In EM ETFs
    Thu, May. 29 EEM, VWO, EEMV 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Why consider emerging market ETFs?
    • Emerging market stocks show attractive valuations.
    • Wary investors can consider low-volatility options.
  • A High-Achieving International Dividend ETF
    Wed, May. 28 PFM, VIG, PID 5 Comments

    Summary

    • A look at international dividend ETFs.
    • Focus on the PowerShares International Dividend Achievers Portfolio ETF.
    • How the PowerShares offering differs from traditional dividend ETFs.
  • A Quality Approach To Emerging Markets Dividends
    Wed, May. 21 DEM, EDIV, DVYE 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Rising demand for emerging market dividends.
    • A look at a recently launched emerging market dividend ETF.
    • Screening for specific factors and quality characteristics.
  • Small-Cap ETFs To Play India's Post-Election Growth Opportunity
    Wed, May. 21 SCIF, SCIN, SMIN Comment!

    Summary

    • New ruling party in India is business friendly and will support the economy.
    • Small-cap Indian stocks will benefit the most from the recent election victory.
    • ETF options to track India's small-cap category.
  • Not Perfect, But New ETF Improves The China Experience
    Thu, May. 15 PGJ, GXC, FXI Comment!

    Summary

    • A look at the various China country-specific ETFs.
    • Investors should look into how China ETFs are structured.
    • How holdings affect China ETF returns.
  • International Dividend ETF Notches Impressive Rally
    Thu, May. 15 IDV, SDIV, DWX 1 Comment

    Summary

    • International stocks provide attractive dividend opportunities.
    • An international dividend ETF that has been strengthening this year.
    • Why investors should consider international dividend stocks.
  • Institutional Investors Return To Emerging Markets Bonds
    Wed, May. 14 EMB, EMLC, HYEM Comment!

    Summary

    • Emerging market bond ETFs attracting greater attention.
    • USD-denominated emerging market bond ETFs.
    • Local-currency emerging market bond ETFs.
  • Russia ETFs Hold Some Really Inexpensive Stocks
    Wed, May. 14 RSX, RSXJ, OGZPY Comment!

    Summary

    • Russian equities show cheap valuations after large sell-off.
    • Russian stocks show low price-to-earnings when compared to historical valuations.
    • A large-cap and small-cap Russia ETF to gain exposure to cheap Russian stocks.
  • 2 ETFs Pricing In ECB Easing
    Wed, May. 14 DBEU, FXE, HEDJ 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Europe ETFs to consider if the ECB goes through with increased stimulus.
    • Inflows and volume are increasing in these funds.
    • Why currency-hedged ETFs benefit from loose monetary policy environment.
  • Pricey, But Australian ETFs Are Still Rising
    Thu, May. 8 EWA, AUSE, KROO Comment!

    Summary

    • Australian dividend stocks attracting greater interest due to low rate environment.
    • ETF options to gain exposure to Australian stocks.
    • Areas of strength in Australia.
  • Changes On The Frontier Could Produce A Better ETF
    Wed, May. 7 VWO, FM, GULF 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Potential changes to MSCI Frontier Market Index.
    • How country promotions affect frontier and emerging market ETFs.
    • Qatar and UAE promoted to emerging market status.
  • Buyback ETF Still Shines
    Wed, May. 7 SYLD, FYLD, IPKW Comment!

    Summary

    • An ETF to capture increased company share buybacks.
    • Buyback stocks stand out in the equities market.
    • New international ETF option that targets buybacks.
  • EM Bond ETFs Surviving Plenty Of Controversy
    Wed, May. 7 ELD, EMB, EMHY Comment!

    Summary

    • Emerging market bond ETFs are bouncing back.
    • A closer look at some EM debt-related ETFs.
    • Areas of strengthen in emerging bond markets.
  • Europe's Stress Test Puts This ETF In The Spotlight
    Thu, May. 1 EUFN, XLF Comment!

    Summary

    • The European Central Bank performing stress tests.
    • A closer look at European financial sector.
    • EU financial sector ETF to capture a potentially aced scorecard.
  • Cure The Summertime Blues With A Health Care ETF
    Thu, May. 1 IYH, XLV, VHT 1 Comment

    Summary

    • The health care sector could stand out in the normally sluggish summer months.
    • Affordable Care Act will support the health care sector.
    • An equal-weight health care sector ETF play.
  • High Time For A High Quality ETF
    Wed, Apr. 23 CAPE, HUSE, SPHQ 2 Comments

    Summary

    • A high quality, value ETF pick.
    • The case for investing with a value stock portfolio.
    • Breakdown of the PowerShares S&P 500 High Quality Portfolio.
  • Forensic Accounting ETF Eschews Weak Links
    Wed, Apr. 23 VTV, SDOG, DEF Comment!

    Summary

    • An ETF that focuses on companies' earnings.
    • Explain and define forensic accounting index methodology.
    • How the forensic accounting ETF weights holdings.
  • Natural Gas: Finally A Winning Bet
    Tue, Apr. 22 UNG, FCG, GAZ 6 Comments

    Summary

    • This year has been far more kind to natural gas bulls.
    • A hot summer and another cold winter could support natural gas.
    • Natural gas equity ETF plays also strengthening on improved gas prices.
  • Don't Forget This Gem Of An Energy ETF
    Tue, Apr. 22 XLE, PXE Comment!

    Summary

    • Energy ETFs gain traction as a value play.
    • There has been a broad rally in energy sector.
    • XLE and PXE have been standout energy ETF plays in the recent rally.
  • Looming Departures Could Be Good News For Frontier ETF
    Mon, Apr. 21 FM, GULF, FRN 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Frontier markets are attracting a greater following.
    • In the frontier market, Qatar and UAE are being promoted.
    • Implications of changes in frontier and emerging market indices.
  • Capturing Big Dividend Growers With ETFs
    Mon, Apr. 21 QDYN, VYM, DGRW 4 Comments

    Summary

    • Companies are paying more dividends.
    • Where we are seeing dividend hikes.
    • Dividend ETFs to capture greater dividend growth.
  • An Asia-Pacific Dividend ETF With Attractive Yields
    Mon, Apr. 14 EWA, AUSE, FAUS 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Overview of iShares Asia/Pacific Diviend ETF.
    • This ETF, like many concentrated on the region, provides attractive yields.
    • The ETF has a heavy tilt toward high-yield Australian dividend stocks.
  • Another Tech ETF Benefiting From An Old-School Tilt
    Mon, Apr. 14 XLK, IGN, PXQ Comment!

    Summary

    • Old and established names are supporting the tech sector.
    • Large-cap tech ETFs show favorable valuations.
    • Tech ETFs with exposure to old tech companies.
  • Good Q1 For Dividends, But Some Payout ETFs Lost Cash
    Fri, Apr. 11 DLN, DVY, TDIV Comment!

    Summary

    • Nearly 1,100 dividend increases were reported during the quarter.
    • Payments for the first quarter are estimated to have increased 15% over the first quarter of last year.
    • Dividend ETFs, though, experienced outflows.
  • Emerging Markets ETF's Relative Strength Looks Good Against The S&P 500
    Thu, Apr. 10 EEM, EWT, EWY 1 Comment

    Summary

    • Emerging market relative strength looking attractive.
    • Emerging countries that are contributing to the overall group.
    • Emerging market ETF plays.
  • Bond And Equity ETF Options For ECB Easing
    Wed, Apr. 9 IBND, PICB Comment!

    Summary

    • ETFs to take advantage of European Central Bank policies.
    • ECB easing will translate to weaker euro currency.
    • ECB bond purchasing will help ETFs with Europe bond exposure.
  • In Times Like These, Consider Covered Call ETFs
    Wed, Apr. 9 PBP, HVPW, HSPX 3 Comments

    Summary

    • Covered call ETFs for a sideways trending market.
    • How covered call ETFs work.
    • Covered call ETFs can also help mitigate some market volatility.
  • A Familiar Dividend ETF To Revisit
    Wed, Apr. 9 DVY, SDY, VIG 8 Comments

    Summary

    • The WisdomTree LargeCap Dividend Fund is an overlooked dividend ETF.
    • Over the past three years, this ETF has outpaced some of its rivals while being less volatile.
    • This ETF differs from other funds in that its components are not weighed by length of dividend increase streaks.
  • Pakistan's Weight In This ETF Is Set To Soar
    Wed, Apr. 9 EMHD, FM, EMFM Comment!

    Summary

    • Stocks in Pakistan gained 49.4% last year.
    • MSCI plans on increasing Pakistan's exposure in its frontier market index.
    • How to gain exposure to Pakistan's market through ETFs.
  • Going Global With Infrastructure ETFs
    Tue, Apr. 8 IGF, GII, FLM Comment!

    Summary

    • Global economies will likely increase spending to update and expand their infrastructure.
    • Why investors should take a look at infrastructure sector.
    • Global infrastructure ETF options.
  • Dialing Up A Dividend ETF Idea
    Mon, Apr. 7 DVY, XLU, SCHD 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Rising rate environment will affect sectors differently.
    • Utilities is a rate-sensitive sector and is the best of the nine sector SPDR ETFs so far.
    • FDL is a dividend ETF idea with merit for conservative income investors.