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I often suggest waiting to buy an ETF until it has proven itself, but I don't think that necessarily applies here. DWA has proven, long before launching its first ETF, that it knows what it is doing. Whether PIE would serve as a proxy in your portfolio for broad-based emerging market exposure boils down, I think, to whether you think a product like this should be rebalanced more than four times a year.

You could argue that it's not in your interest to put arbitrary restrictions on a manager in whom you have faith and are willing to pay.

To be candid, there is no correct answer.

At the time of publication, Nusbaum had no positions in any of the securities discussed in this article, although positions may change at any time.

Roger Nusbaum is a portfolio manager with Your Source Financial of Phoenix, and the author of Random Roger's Big Picture Blog. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Nusbaum appreciates your feedback; click here to send him an email.

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