investing in ETFs

The Top Emerging Market ETFs of 2014

Investors have been running from emerging markets in 2014, but two emerging market ETFs have pulled in double-digit gains this year.

More than $7 billion has been withdrawn from emerging market exchange-traded funds in 2014. As a result, funds like the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped Index Fund (NYSE: EWZ) and Global X FTSE Argentina 20 ETF (NYSE: ARGT) have dropped 10.3% and 9.4%, respectively.

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Investing in Dividend ETFs: Want Super Yield? Try These

With the U.S. Federal Reserve intent on keeping interest rates low until at least late 2014, investing in dividend ETFs (exchange-traded funds) is necessary for income investors who are all but forced to consider asset classes beyond money market accounts and U.S. Treasuries.

The interest rates on products are now so piddly that investors are all but preconditioned to view either equities or high-yield bonds as the most viable options for generating income.

By virtue of the anemic yields on CDs and Treasuries many investors are left thinking the yields on usual suspect blue chip dividend stocks are great. The 3.3% yield offered by consumer staples giant The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) is viewed as "good." These days, BP Plc (NYSE: BP) with its 4.6% dividend yield is considered "stellar."

They're just two examples, but BP and P&G prove the point that in today's market "decent" yields are viewed as "great." That is one reality of today's low interest rate environment.

Another reality is that the low yield story has been overdone. To borrow from baseball terminology, the low yield story is in the ninth inning.

On the other hand, the still unheralded super dividend theme is still in its infancy. The good news is investors can easily tap into the super dividend story with the following ETFs.

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Investing in ETFs: Check Out These Three for 2012

Since exchange-traded funds (ETFs) made their U.S. debut in 1993, they have grown to a market of more than $1 trillion.

Those investing in ETFs enjoy it because ETFs provide diversification to portfolios, are tax-efficient, come at a low cost, and are readily available.

ETFs are also appealing because you can find them at any time: they're bought and sold from brokerage firms and they trade on exchanges similar to stocks.

Another attractive aspect to ETF investors is when they exit the product, the shares are sold to an investor; the fund doesn't have to sell assets.

One investment adviser and decade-long ETF user, Mark Armbruster, told The Wall Street Journal, "From my perspective, it is the most compelling reason to use ETFs. If they're managed appropriately, there should never be capital-gains distributions."

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Investing In ETFs: How Exchange-Traded Funds Can Save You Money

High commissions and management fees, along with taxes, can really cut into your returns.

That's where exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, come in. In today's investment world, ETFs are cheaper and more tax-friendly than mutual funds.

The average expense ratio for U.S.-listed ETFs is 0.4%, compared with 1.42% for diversified U.S. stock funds.They also give you exposure to an entire industry or market with the click of a mouse.

It's one of the reasons why exchange-traded funds are quickly becoming the investment of choice for investors seeking broad market exposure.

In fact, the number of ETFs has surged over 10-fold in the last decade.

The total number of ETFs in the market grew to 1,114 by October 2011, with assets over $1 trillion, according to the Investment Company Institute.

And the ETF market will expand to roughly $3.1 trillion by 2016, according to projections from the Financial Research Corp. in Boston.

So if you're looking to diversify your portfolio and save money doing it, ETFs may be the way to go.

Here's a primer on how ETFs can work for you.

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