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  • Are Emerging Markets Cheap?

    By Bob Ciura - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: FXI, THD, INDY, TUR

    Due to a confluence of factors, including fears of a Chinese slowdown, global central banks putting the brakes on economic stimulus, as well as renewed geopolitical concerns, stock indices in the emerging markets have declined notably in recent weeks.

    Many global bourses now trade for compelling valuations, especially when compared to the domestic S&P 500 Index. Of course, a heightened level of risk is usually associated with markets outside more »

  • Don't Sell China Over Skyscraper Index

    By Robert Baillieul - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CMI, FXI

    It's time to be scared about China...again.

    Real estate developers in the Middle Kingdom have started construction on what's planned to be the world's tallest building. But, according a popular economic indicator called the Skyscraper Index, this development represents a screaming sell signal.

    So, should investors sell Chinese equities? No, don't rush for the exits over the Skyscraper Index.

    What is the Skyscraper Index?
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  • Buying US Equities At All Time Highs? There Is A Better Option

    By Grigoris Vlassis - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: FXI, EMB, EWZ, VWO

    Concerns about the Fed tapering its asset purchases in September are not enough to justify a pullback in the US stock market. On the contrary, there are many analysts who believe that a potential end of QE could spur an even bigger rally in equities, as investors might feel more confident about the US economy’s robustness.

    Nevertheless, with the S&P 500 up 150% from its 2009 lows and more »

  • Weighing China's Consumer Favorites

    By Nathaniel Matherson - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: FXI, SBUX, YUM

    While earnings season comes around four times a year, it never gets old for me. Quarter after quarter we as investors try to dissect every conference call, transcript, and question and answer segment in the hopes of benefiting financially. Though the current season is just in its early stages, we've already had a number of powerhouse brands and companies report their results. Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), the parent company more »

  • Brace for a Beijing Bust?

    By Bob Chandler - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: CHL, F, FXI

    The Chinese stock market recently suffered its biggest daily loss in nearly four years after overnight-lending rates soared. Some banks were thought to be paying more than a 20% annual rate in a mad scramble for funds. The stock market recovered after the People's Bank of China (“PBOC”), their equivalent of our Federal Reserve, stepped in to ease the crisis and rates dropped to a still lofty 6%.

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  • Turnaround Tuesday - China's 400-Point Flip-Flop

    By Philip Davis - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: FXE, FXI, SPY, DIA

    The worst is now past.

    That's the word from an HSBC economist after the PBOC's Ling Tao assures the bank will keep money-market rates "within reasonable ranges."  The People’s Bank of China has provided liquidity to some financial institutions to stabilize money market rates and will use short-term liquidity operation and standing lending facility tools to ensure steady markets, according to a statement posted to its website more »

  • Market Mayem – Asia’s Meltdown Continues b

    By Philip Davis - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: FXI, SPY, USO

    China is in a full-scale melt-down

    The Shanghai dropped 5.3% fro the day and the Hang Seng finished down 2.22% and that 5.3% is very impressive when you consider that 10% is "limit down," the point at which trading is halted so, if half the stocks were even, then half the stocks were halted!  

    The concept behind "The China Syndrome" is that a severe meltdown of containment more »

  • The Good Problems WeChat is Causing Tencent

    By Peter Pham - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: SOCL, CQQQ, FXI, SINA, TCEHY.PK

    The Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings (NASDAQOTH: TCEHY.PK) introduced a blockbuster mobile chat application that is being perceived as a significant threat to the revenues of social networking firms such as Sina's (NASDAQ: SINA) Weibo, as well as Chinese telcos like China Mobile and China Unicom. WeChat is doing now what Tencent’s QQ did about a year ago: eating massive amounts of the nation’s 2G bandwidth, but more »

  • 3 Investing Takeaways From the Man Who Coined the Term BRIC

    By Sam Mattera - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: FXI, SPY, VGK

    Brazil, India, Russia, China -- BRIC. Goldman Sachs’ Jim O’Neill is widely credited with inventing the acronym, which has become a common theme among global investors. Now heading into retirement, O’Neill has penned a farewell letter (via Zerohedge) -- from it, investors can glean a number of key takeaways.

    Bigger isn't necessarily better

    Since O’Neill coined the term, the BRICs have experienced tremendous economic growth. Russia’s GDP more »

  • New Banking Rules Shake up Major Chinese ETFs

    By Peter Pham - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: CHIX, FXI, MCHI, TCEHY.PK

    When it comes to Chinese ETFs, the first name that pops up in an investor’s mind is the FTSE China 25 Index Fund ETF (NYSEMKT: FXI). With an enormous market cap of $7 billion, this ETF represents the blue chips of the Chinese economy, particularly its financial services sector. FXI is now changing its structure and becoming more diverse. But currently, investors looking for exposure towards large cap Chinese more »

  • The Good Problems WeChat is Causing Tencent

    By Peter Pham - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: CMGE, CHU, SOCL, FXI, MSFT, SINA

    The Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings (TCEHY.PK) introduced a blockbuster mobile chat application that is being perceived as a significant threat to the revenues of social networking firms, such as Sina (NASDAQ: SINA) Weibo as well as Chinese telcos such as China Mobile (NYSE: CHL) and China Unicom (NYSE: CHU). WeChat is doing now what Tencent’s QQ did about a year ago by eating massive amounts of the more »

  • Headwinds for Chinese Equity Bourses

    By Peter Pham - April 21, 2013 | Tickers: FXI, NKY, SPY

    The selective tightening policy of the Chinese central bank has created headwinds for economic growth retarding the ability of the Chinese stock market to gain traction. The Chinese equity markets have experienced a methodical decline over the past 2-years, with minor corrections that have provided investors hope that the bear market has come to an end. Domestic investors have a few investment options other than real estate which has driven more »

  • In Emerging Markets, the Smaller the Better

    By Andrés Cardenal - March 7, 2013 | Tickers: HAO, FXI, EWZ, BRF, PBR

    When investing, size matters. Small companies are usually assumed to be riskier than big ones, while on the other hand they offer higher potential for growth. Although this rule is quite easy to observe, and generally correct, emerging markets may be a remarkable exception to consider. As odd as it may seem, smaller companies in emerging markets may offer both higher growth and less risk than their bigger counterparts.

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  • Are ETF's Right for Long Term Investors?

    By James Catlin - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: FXI, EWA, EWZ

    Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's) are an investment tool often used to play broader macro economic trends.  For those new to the concept, allow me to explain.  ETF's are a basket of stocks with a specific investing goal that trade like a single stock.  Some focus on industries like technology or health care.  Others may focus on entire countries like Germany, South Africa, and Brazil.  Because they are traded more »

  • The Recent Rally in Chinese Stocks Bodes Well for this Hated Industry

    By Justin Carley - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: VALE, FCX, FXI, KOL, BTU

    As we start out 2013, things look pretty promising for equity markets.  The U.S. equity market remains significantly undervalued, housing is firming, and the start of the great rotation out of bonds may soon be getting under way.  While the U.S. remains well positioned for secular outperformance, this year may very well see strong cyclical rallies in both Europe and China.  Emerging markets finished 2012 with a return more »

  • Taking Stocks of China (The Upside of 25 Million Single Drunks)

    By Nick Slepko - December 3, 2012 | Tickers: CHIQ, CHIE, FXI, EWZ, TSGTY.PK

    Prior to joining Global X Funds, Alex Ashby lived and traveled extensively throughout Asia.  He currently manages a group of six ETFs covering the consumer, energy, financial, industrial, material, and technology sectors of the Chinese economy.

    Nick Slepko:  Even though the weighting of your ETFs are largely determined by market capitalization, is there any one company in the two hundred that make up the six funds which sticks out more »

  • Is it Time to Bet on China?

    By Andrés Cardenal - October 23, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, CMGE, HAO, FXI, YUM | Editor's Choice

    Investors have been very concerned about the economic slowdown in China for several months. The Chinese economy is decelerating from the record growth rates observed in previous years, and the country has a very peculiar economic system that generates considerable noise and uncertainty. Over the last weeks, however, many economic indicators are pointing to a successful soft landing for the Chinese economy and, if this trend is confirmed, Chinese stocks more »

  • The Contrarian Case for Investing in China

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 30, 2012 | Tickers: BIDU, CMGE, HAO, FXI, SPY

    Investors have been flying away from Chinese stocks lately, as many fear the possibility of an economic collapse in the country. China will need to implement many important reforms over the following years in order to achieve a sustainable development path in the long term, but right now its economy may be more resilient than many believe. Depressed prices for many Chinese stocks may be offering attractive entry points from more »

  • 5 Reasons We Shouldn't Fear China

    By Kyle Farrah - July 8, 2012 | Tickers: FB, FXI, MCD, SBUX, YUM | Editor's Choice

    The U.S. has many problems that need to be addressed. The national debt is at 15.8 TRILLION Dollars. That’s equal to over $50,000 for each taxpayer. Our country ranks 28th in math and science, and regulation is crippling the business world. The U.S., which had once occupied the number one spot for economic freedom, now has moved down to only tenth place. There are many more »

  • Slow the Bloat To China

    By Peter Pham - June 25, 2012 | Tickers: HBC, FXI, EWA, NKY, WYNN | Editor's Choice

    According to the IMF, China’s contribution to global economic growth has increased to an average of 31% from 2010-2013, up from just 8% in the 1980s, making it the world’s largest single contributor to global GDP. China’s GDP growth in Q1 2012 was 8.1%, a three-year low.

    With the Eurozone on the brink and the US still treading water, the world is again looking to China more »

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