But Jamin is not about to let down his guard. "The easy gains are most likely behind us," he said. "There may be more gains ahead of us, but the market could be a little more volatile because there is less of a margin of safety." NorthCoast emphasizes protecting its clients against downside risk. "We've seen this scenario before," Jamin said of bull market conditions. "In such a scenario, we tend to increase our allocation to cash. It handed investors a gain of 2% in August. "HYG has some market sensitivity," Jamin conceded. "It has an equity flavor to it. "We're not visit the website so bullish on IJH looking forward," Jamin said. "We are actually slightly underweight IJH as we are for most U.S. equities ." The NorthCoast ETF retirement portfolios continued to be heavily weighted in foreign stocks. http://news.investors.com/investing-etfs/082914-715411-etf-retirement-portfolios-rebound.htm

NorthCoast ETF Retirement Portfolios Ride August Rebound IVV - Investors.com

The assessments of around 65 brokers form the foundation of the rule-based strategy. The objective is to develop a liquid and widely diversified long-only equity portfolio with the potential for generating higher returns. Investors can choose between stock corporations from Asia, Australia and New Zealand, or the continental Europe region. Stock corporations from Japan are not included. The two Source Morningstar US Energy Infrastructure MPL UCITS ETFs enable investors to participate in the performance of US energy companies. Both ETFs are based on companies with the legal form of master limited partnerships (MLP), although their distribution policies differ. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/news/source-launches-four-new-etfs-on-xetra.html

Passive funds, ETFs an active threat for Europe's fund managers - Biznews.com

Quite expectedly, this sanction came as a blow to the Euro zone, http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/08/28/markets-precious-idINL3N0QY2PH20140828 which emerged from a two-year long recession last year, posted a mere 0.2% GDP expansion in Q1 and stalled in Q2. Lets find out which countries and related ETFs will be troubled the most. After two years of recession, the nation saw growth rate of a mere 0.1% (sequentially) in Q2. As per Putin , trade turnover between Russia and Finland has already fallen 8% in the first half of this year. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/5-european-etfs-watch-russia-181223817.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory

5 European ETFs to Watch on Russia Food Ban - Yahoo Finance

The biggest equity fund investing acrossEurope, Vanguard European Stock Index Fund, managed $22.4 billion at the end of July, more than twice the size of Fidelity Funds-European Growth, the biggest actively managed fund for the region. The growth in passive funds is reflected in the industrys net revenues, which have remained flat globally for the last four years, according to theBoston Consulting Group, even as funds under management hit a record $69 trillion in 2013. ADDED VALUE? The biggest problem for active fund managers charging more for their services is consistently beating the market. That percentage declined to 29 percent in the first half of the year. Active funds investing acrosscontinental Europe, meanwhile, have performed even worse, with just a fifth of them gaining more than theMSCI Europe Total Returnindex since 2003. The star managers that do manage to beat the crowd often fail to maintain their outperformance. http://www.biznews.com/etfs-2/2014/09/passive-funds-etfs-active-threat-europes-fund-managers/

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