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FXP: Make Money if Chinese Stocks Crush

Chinese stocks have been hit pretty hard lately, no matter where the stocks are listed, US, Hong Kong, or mainland China. To get a sense of how bad things have been recently, take a look at these numbers: Hang Seng Index (^HSI) is currently at 27,588, down more than 4,000 points from the peak of […]

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Dividend Beyond the Border

One of my investment objectives is to generate passive income from investments, including dividend-paying stocks/ETFs. In the past couple of years, I have paid increasing attention to stocks that pay generous dividends. Using mostly DRIP stocks and exchange-traded funds, I have built a small portfolio aimed to generate passive income. Recently, I reshuffled that portion […]

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Weak Correlation: Another Reason to Have Global REIT

The other day I read a paper on the October issue of Financial Planning magazine. The article, Think Globally by Bruce Eidelson, discussed the appeals of global REIT (real estate investment trust) to investors who seek diversifications and steady income streams, when the US real estate market struggles. One of the reasons to go global […]

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Lifecycle ETFs

Do you like lifecycle funds? Do you use them in your portfolio? I am not a big fan of lifecycle funds as I only use one in my entire investments, including both regular and retirement accounts. The reason is the lack of flexibility of such funds. However, lifecycle funds are getting popular among investors who […]

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Give Me Some China. Give Me Some India. Give Me Some Chindia!

There are many ways to invest in emerging markets, led by two most populous countries China and India. You can buy them as part of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) countries with State Street’s SPDR S&P BRIC 40 ETF (BIK) that I have discussed before. Or you can invested in ETFs that are […]

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Investing in Global Real Estate Markets with a Global REIT ETF

As US housing market tumbled in 2007, REIT (real estate investment trust) investors have suffered big losses from their investments so far this year. In fact, 2007 is on track to become the first losing year for REIT investors since the beginning of the century. Year-to-date, the Dow Jones Equity All REIT Index (^DJR) has […]

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Catch the Growth with a Piece of BRIC

It’s BRIC, not BRICK! For investors looking for growth outside US and other developed economies, emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) offer great opportunities. With 2007 estimated real GDP growth at 3.7%, 6.7%, 9.2%, and 10.7%, respectively (according to, these countries just can’t be ignored. There are many options for […]

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Equal-Weight vs Market-Cap Weight

The S&P 500, as well as most of mutual funds and ETFs that track the benchmark, is a market-cap weighted index. This means the weights of the index’s components are determined based on their market capitals. The larger a company’s market value, the heavier the weight in the index. As a result, according to, […]

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