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WisdomTree was the first to package an ex-state-owned enterprises approach into rules-based ETFs. But we were far from the first to identify the negative impact of the state-ownership structure on shareholders. Matt Wagner discusses the recent commentary.

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Investing in emerging markets can have daunting levels of risk. Yet many investors continue putting their emerging markets allocation into one cap-weighted product, hoping it pays off without much damage. Instead, we suggest that our diversified emerging markets barbell approach has the potential to give investors the yield, volatility mitigation and returns they are looking for.

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Through the first six months of the year, emerging markets have lagged most developed markets, despite entering the year poised for a rally and then falling during May’s sell-off. In light of this volatility, we believe a dividend-weighted approach to emerging market small-cap equities strikes an intriguing balance between return potential and volatility mitigation.

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State-owned enterprises in emerging markets are prone to conflicts between the interests of shareholders and government stakeholders, as companies with meaningful government ownership are often run as much for government benefit as for their shareholders. Problems arise for investors when these interests are not aligned and possibly affect their profitability and future returns.


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This was expected to be the year of the global economic slowdown. But the year-to-date synchronized rally in global equities has stolen the spotlight. So far, Chinese equities have been the star.

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There is a chance that, come this autumn, many fund managers will have zero exposure to the eighth-largest country in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. What country is it? Jeff Weniger discusses this emerging markets anomaly.

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