Country ETFs

Is the Turkey ETF a Great Emerging Market, or Just the Best of Europe?

October 21, 2012

Turkish stocks are some of the best-performing investments all around the globe. Helped by a rising Turkish Lira, falling dollar, and resilient economy, the MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund (TUR) is up more than 47% percent year to date. Investing in Turkey Turkey is a unique foreign market classified as an emerging market by […]

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Israel: Stock Market Returns Win on Risk-Adjusted Return

February 26, 2012

There was an interesting article in BusinessWeek this weekend highlighting how Israel’s risk-adjusted return over the past 10 years bested all other developed markets.  Overall, the Israel market as defined by the Tel Aviv 25 returned 161% including dividends vs. the “lost decade” in much of the rest of the developed world markets.  Rounding out […]

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Europe Fears Caused Retail Investors To Miss An Epic Market Rally. Lessons Learned

February 9, 2012

If the past few months have not been a lesson in strategy over tactics, I don’t know what is. While the mainstream media has pounded viewers with negative news, US equities have been on a complete tear, putting the NASDAQ at highs not seen for the past decade. Just year-to-date, the NASDAQ (QQQ) is up […]

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1000 Best and Worst ETFs of 2011

October 19, 2011

With 2011 coming to a close, it’s a good time to take inventory of which ETFs fared the best which may lend some insight into trends and sectors to keep an eye on going into the close of the year.  With tax-loss harvesting, asset rebalancing, and the dreaded annual returns fund managers must report following […]

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3 Ways to Short Italy Following Historic Austerity Measures

August 14, 2011

After this week’s historic austerity measures passed by Italy, investors will be wondering how to short Italy immediately given the effect austerity measures tend to have on economies and thus, local equities, in the near-term.  It’s tough to argue that the Euro region wasn’t going to have to enact austerity measures eventually to ensure long-term […]

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