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Profit from a Small Country's Fiscal "Escape" Plan

Worldwide debt has exploded in the eight years since the beginning of the fiscal crisis from an already unsustainable level of $142 trillion to a crushing $200 trillion. The reason? To help paper over gaping holes in national economies, and because our financial system makes it too easy to just "create" money from nothing.

Now one small nation is looking at a radically different way of doing things. Although the approach is conservative, there are still some risks.

The situation provides an appealing investment opportunity, no matter the outcome, if the position is implemented correctly.

Here's how...

Get in on This Europe ETF Now to Beat Surging European Markets

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Investors shouldn't let fears over the Greek debt crisis scare them away from a promising Europe ETF play.

After all, the European markets don't seem too concerned. Just look at the events that unfolded this week.

That's why this Europe ETF play is a good way to jump in on the current investor indifference over Greece and a couple of other promising trends...

What Is a Leveraged ETF?

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A leveraged ETF (exchanged-traded fund) is like most ETFs in that it trades like a stock and is designed to track the performance of a particular index.

However, a leveraged ETF uses financial derivatives and debt to increase returns. It also doesn't track the returns of an index on an annual basis, but the daily changes.

Here's a closer look...

ETF Investing Made Even Easier with These 7 Picks

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ETF investing is popular because of its ease and safety, though you might feel overwhelmed at first. Here are seven successful ETFs to put your mind at ease...

And don't stress about what sectors to pick from, we've also highlighted the best in an array of specializations so you don't have to.

Here are seven successful ETFs to put your mind at ease...

Three Tech ETFs That Will Double Your Money

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Despite the tepid forecasts of some media pundits, 2015 is shaping up to be a strong year for stocks - and especially tech stocks. And folks who pick the "right" profit plays can do even better than the market.

Here's how to grab those market-trouncing gains.

These three tech ETFs may appear tepid on their face, but they're actually high-octane claims on the hottest slices of Silicon Valley growth...

Invest in the 2014 IPO Market with These 2 IPO ETFs

The IPO market in 2014 has been crowded, and IPO ETFs are among the best way for investors to get in on the action.

So far, 35 companies have hosted initial public offerings through the first three weeks of February. That's up 75% from the same period in 2013.

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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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"Ultra" ETF Investing: The Newest Portfolio Killer

There's a type of fund that's a recipe for losing money; they make money for their sponsors, but they're very unlikely to make money for us as investors.

But there are ways to play strategic sectors without resorting to these dogs.

Here's the scoop...

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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