10 Strange But True Facts About Popular ETFs

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The idea of creating a stock index may seem relatively straightforward: come up with a few rules, set a few filters, and crank out the basket of stocks that matches a particular investment thesis. In reality, it isn't always that simple. As companies expand their businesses into new countries and industries, achieving pure play exposure can become a bit tricky.  Continue reading →

The Surprising Truth About Global Stock ETFs

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ETFs are popular for a number of reasons; among them is the relative ease with which a low-cost, diversified portfolio can be constructed. Several Global Stock ETFs offer exposure to the global equity market -- thousands of stocks from dozens of different countries -- through a single ticker. But defining and creating global stock market exposure can be a tricky task -- with results that might surprise some.  Continue reading →