of San Francisco launched Web sites in Germany and France yesterday. The company’s U.S. site offers news and performance information on index investing, including exchange-traded funds, and the new international sites (Germany / France) offer the same.

"Investors in the U.S. are discovering the benefits of passive investing and diversification, especially with the flurry of new-fee index products available overseas," said Jim Wiandt, publisher of, in a statement. "Thus far, international investors are largely unaware of the power of index investing, but we intend to change that."

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