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  • Samsung Pulls Plug on Galaxy Note 7, Sends South Korea ETF Falling

    10-11-2016 04:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea country-specific exchange traded funds plunged after electronics giant Samsung Corp. discontinued the troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) fell 3.7% as Samsung Corporation shares declined 7.5%. Samsu...

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  • As Junk Bonds Rebound, Look to These ETFs

    03-04-2016 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Strengthened speculative-grade debt may continue to support junk bond-relatedETFs If fixed-income market follows historical trends, junk bonds may continue to rally over the next few weeks Financials are the best performing sector when junk bond ETFs rise, according to Ken...

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  • ETFs for Targeted Emerging Market Opportunities

    01-31-2016 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The developing world is showing uneven growth, with countries like Russia and Brazil floundering. Consequently, investors should pick their spots in the emerging markets and pay particular attention to exchange traded funds that track tech-heavy Taiwan, India, China and Korea. ...

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  • The Steady Hand of the South Korea ETF

    11-23-2015 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY), which tries to reflect the performance of the MSCI Korea 25/50 Index, is down less than 4% year-to-date, a performance that is nothing to get excited about but one that is also noticeably better than widely followed, divers...

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  • The South Korea ETF Rally Explained

    11-04-2015 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea country-specific exchange traded fund is looking to break out as it tests its long-term resistance after picking up speed on improved automobile sales and rising smartphone demand. The iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY), which tries to reflect the ...

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  • Revisiting the South Korea ETF After the Fed Stands Pat

    09-18-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY), the largest U.S.-listed South Korea, is usually one of the most docile emerging markets single-country funds, but the ETF has recently been under attack from China's move to devalue the yuan and concerns about the Federal R...

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  • Yuan Plunge Could Drag on Neighboring Emerging Market ETFs

    08-14-2015 02:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets shook after China let its renminbi currency depreciate, and some Asian emerging markets, along with country-specific exchange traded funds, will continue to feel the consequences of the weaker yuan. A depreciating yuan makes Chinese exports more competitive in inte...

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  • Why the South Korea ETF is Faltering

    08-07-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    There is not shortage of concern regarding the recent struggles for shares of Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL). As the world's largest company by market value, the iPhone maker is the largest component in scores of widely followed equity indexes, including the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq-10...

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  • South Korea ETFs Ignore Rate cut, Pressured by Samsung

    06-11-2015 02:11 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY), the largest U.S.-listed South Korea exchange traded fund, are off half a percent today on reports that Samsungs smartphone sales are faltering in China. Squeezed at the high end by bitter rival Apple (NasdaqGS:...

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  • South Korea ETFs Getting Some Love

    04-30-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The South Korean market and country-specific exchange traded funds have been on fire in April, strengthening on the earnings growth, prospect of rising dividends and cheap valuations. Over the past month, the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) rose 9.6%, Horiz...

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  • Time for South Korea ETFs to Join the Party

    04-16-2015 12:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    With Asian bourses from Hong Kong to Shanghai to Manila surging, South Korean stocks, among the emerging worlds least volatile, are getting in on the act. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) is up 10%, but the bulk of that gain has been accrue...

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  • iShares Expanding Line of Currency-Hedged ETFs

    04-14-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Expanding upon its popular currency-hedged foreign equity strategies, BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) iShares is working on a slew of currency-hedged adaptations of its global and country-specific exchange traded funds. In anticipation of a strengthening U.S. dollar in response to Feder...

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  • Asia Pacific ETFs for the Week Ahead

    04-07-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Overseas central bank action in Asia could drive markets and exchange traded funds this week as the Reserve Bank of Australia, Bank of Japan and Bank of Korea meet. On Tuesday, many anticipate the Australian central bank to cut its interest rates to help foster growth in respo...

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  • ETFs to Capture Excess Exporting Countries

    03-24-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As global currencies swing, international trade is quickly shifting. With exchange traded funds, investors could capitalize on some countries' excess trade balance. There are 36 emerging and developing economies expected to generate a current account surplus, or more exports t...

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  • Alluring Asia ETFs for 2015

    12-31-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Emerging markets exchange traded funds have perked up a bit in a recent days, but the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) and Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) will finish 2014 in the red. Looking to 2015, emerging markets ETFs have the potential...

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  • South Korea ETFs Rise on Samsung Dividend Announcement

    12-19-2014 12:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds tracking South Korean equities are outperforming broader emerging markets benchmarks Friday after Samsung Electronics announced a massive dividend increase. The South Korean conglomerate and primary smart phone rival to Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) said it inte...

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  • Put South Korea ETFs on Your 2015 Lists

    12-16-2014 11:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    As emerging markets equities have tumbled, South Korean shares have not been immune. Over the past 90 days, the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) is off 13.6%, though that is 80 basis points better than the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), a...

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  • Harvards Endowments Pares Some EM ETF Exposure

    11-25-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Harvard Management Company, the investment manager of the largest U.S. college endowment, reduced some of its exposure to emerging markets exchange traded funds during the third quarter. The endowment fund sold its remaining 200,000 shares in the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ...

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  • Falling Commodity Prices a Boon for Some EM ETFs

    11-11-2014 02:05 PM by Max Chen

    The weakness in the commodities market could help alleviate inflationary pressure in developing economies and bolster some emerging market stocks and exchange traded funds. According to Credit Suisse, cheaper commodities prices could diminish aggregate emerging market inflatio...

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  • EM ETF Outflows Not Yet a Cause for Panic

    09-22-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Amid lingering tensions in Eastern Europe and more polls revealing Brazils upcoming presidential election is likely to be a nail-biter, investors departed emerging markets ETFs last week for safer, less volatile pastures. Investors pulled $1.09 billion from emerging markets eq...

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  • Wicked Strong Won Not Wrecking This South Korea ETF

    08-15-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In an attempt to reverse a slowdown in growth, the Bank of Korea issued its first rate cut in over a year, lifting South Korea stocks and related exchange traded funds. The First Trust South Korea AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FKO) rose 2.1% Thursday while the iShares MSCI South Ko...

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  • Time to Reconsider Emerging Markets ETFs, Says BlackRock

    08-14-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    With valuations compelling on both a relative and a historical basis, the bullish run experienced by emerging markets exchange traded funds this year could be in the early innings. Knowing that, the time could be right for investors that have been underweight developing econom...

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  • Steady Hands With South Korea ETFs

    08-12-2014 02:10 PM by Todd Shriber

    As one of the most economically advanced emerging markets, South Korea is also one of the least volatile. So advanced and lacking for volatility relative to other developing economies is South Korea that there is ongoing debate regarding whether or not the country should still be...

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  • As Asia Rises, Some Leveraged ETFs Join In

    08-06-2014 02:45 PM by Todd Shriber

    While U.S. stocks and the related exchange traded funds have recently been flailing, ETFs focusing on Asian markets are providing investors with a surprising source of shelter. However, much of the turn in sentiment and performance can be attributed to visible improvement in t...

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  • South Korea ETFs Could Get Dividend Boosts

    08-04-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Several emerging markets are credible avenues for dividend investors looking for international income. Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan are among the developing economies with favorable dividend policies, growing payouts or both traits. On the other hand, South K...

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  • No Developed Markets Upgrade for South Korea, Taiwan

    06-10-2014 06:08 PM by Todd Shriber

    For the seventh consecutive year, index provider MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) has denied South Korea a promotion to developed markets status. Taiwan was denied for a sixth straight year. The two countries, the second- and third-largest country weights in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index b...

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  • Will South Korea Finally Become a Developed Market?

    06-10-2014 11:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    If history is any guide, the short answer is "no," but index geeks will get another chance to debate the status of Asias fourth-largest economy this evening when index provider MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) reveals its annual market reclassification. On six previous occasions, South Korea...

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  • World Cup ETFs: The Pretenders

    06-08-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The 2014 World Cup kicks-off Thursday in Brazil, Latin Americas largest economy. Overall, there are 32 teams in the World Cup, 21 of which have at least one U.S.-listed country-specific exchange traded fund. Groupings for what is widely seen as the best World Cup field ever we...

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  • South Korea ETFs Could Shoot Higher

    05-14-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    As emerging markets exchange traded funds have rebounded, some of the more impressive single-country funds have also been among the more volatile offerings. Take the examples of the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (NYSEArca: EPI) and the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca...

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  • Pension Fund Pares EM ETF Holdings

    05-09-2014 11:53 AM by Tom Lydon

    The New Jersey Pension Fund, previously one of the largest holders of emerging markets exchange traded funds, is reducing its exposure to ETFs tracking developing world equities. New Jerseys pension plan, which has 767,000 beneficiaries, has slashed its stake in the Vanguard F...

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  • EEMs Relative Strength Looks Good Against S&P 500

    04-09-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Since the beginning of February, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the second-largest emerging markets ETF, is up 13.1%. That is nearly double the performance of the S&P 500 over the same period. Not surprisingly, EEMs relative strength against the ben...

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  • Investors Betting Beijing Will Rescue China ETFs

    03-27-2014 03:04 PM by Max Chen

    Despite some growing pains during a shift in economic policies, China-related exchange traded funds could bounce on hopes that Beijing will implement monetary easing. The iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI) has declined 9.2% year-to-date while the db X-trackers Harvest...

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  • Of Rocky Top and Emerging Markets ETFs

    03-10-2014 02:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Tennessee, the Volunteer State, is the top holder or second-largest investor in 12 emerging market exchange traded funds, highlighting the growing usage of ETFs as an investment tool to gain targeted exposure to market areas. The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System is now...

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  • South Korea ETFs Still Offer Opportunity

    03-10-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    As emerging markets exchange traded funds slid to start 2014, those tracking South Korean stocks were no exception. In the ETF wrapper, South Korea, Asias fourth-largest economy, has developed a reputation for being one of the most advanced, conservative and lowest beta/least ...

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  • A New ETF Ellen DeGeneres Would Love

    03-04-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Viewers of Sundays Academy Awards and those not living in a cave by now the tale of the selfie snapped by host Ellen DeGeneres. Featuring some of Hollywoods most celebrated actors and actresses, the picture has reportedly become the most retweeted photo in the history of Twitt...

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  • Emerging ETFs Holdings Losing Heft, Prestige

    02-26-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The declines suffered by equity-based emerging markets exchange traded funds is attributable to declining market values for the companies that comprise those ETFs. Sounds simple enough, but the result of all that lost market value by the likes of Chinese banks, Petrobras (NYSE...

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  • South Korea ETFs Stumble, Betray Conservative Reputation

    02-19-2014 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea exchange traded funds are struggling this year, but the country's slowdown may have less to do with the general risk-off selling in emerging markets and more to do with weaker global growth. Most South Korean companies are heavily involved in the export industry, s...

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  • Global ETFs to Diversify Emerging Market Risk

    02-10-2014 01:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    The economic and political problems in developing economies sent waves through the global markets. Nevertheless, the emerging markets should still be a part of a diversified global portfolio, and investors can utilize exchange traded funds to navigate the world. For starters, ...

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  • EM Account Surplus Trade Yields Mixed Results

    02-04-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Following Mondays tumbles, scores of diversified emerging markets exchange funds are saddled with double-digit year-to-date losses. Each of the 10 worst non-leveraged ETFs to this point in 2014 are emerging markets funds. Several of those ETFs are hampered by similar traits. T...

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  • Philippines ETF Tries to Hold Its Ground

    01-30-2014 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It has been a tumultuous two-plus years for the iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE). In 2012, the Philippines seemingly came out of nowhere to grab investors attention as a credible candidate the next great Asian tiger story. That year, EPHE soared nearly 48%, thumpi...

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  • This Emerging Market is no Dividend Destination

    01-28-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Emerging markets exchange traded funds can be part of an income investors portfolio and ETF issuers have met what was once rising interest in developing world dividends with an increasing array of new products. Some developing economies take dividends seriously or at least att...

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  • The South Korea Connection: The Impact on ETFs

    01-28-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It was October 2012 when Vanguard, the third-largest U.S. ETF issuer, shook the ETF world when it announced it would move some of its popular funds away from MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) indices to FTSE indices. The largest of the affected funds was the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (NY...

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  • Conservative Emerging Markets Dash Investors Shelter Hopes

    01-27-2014 12:07 PM by Todd Shriber

    A toxic cocktail of negative news is afflicting emerging markets bonds, currencies and equities leaving investors with little to no shelter from the storm in the developing world. The catalysts for the current emerging markets washout are almost too numerous to list here, but ...

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  • Emerging Markets ETFs Resisting Goat to Hero Theme

    01-22-2014 02:32 PM by Todd Shriber

    It is just one example, but gold and silver miners and the exchange traded funds that hold them have provided investors with a memorable lesson in 2014. That being that it is in fact worthwhile and profitable to dig among one years wreckage to find the potential leaders for th...

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  • Investors Continued Pulling Cash from EM Funds in Q4

    01-06-2014 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors continued departing from emerging markets equity funds during the fourth quarter of 2013, a theme that was prominent in the first three quarters of the just completed year. While investors poured almost $116 billion into developed markets funds in the fourth quarter,...

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  • South Korea ETF Could Ring in New Year Higher

    01-02-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Compared to scores of other emerging markets ETFs, the 3.5% 2013 gain posted by the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) is downright impressive. Hampered by the weak yen, a scenario that has not improved, talk of Federal Reserve tapering, a scenario that has be...

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  • How to Bet on Asia in 2014

    12-30-2013 02:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    If the size is going to rise again, it probably will not happen in Asia next year. At least that is the sentiment of some global investors that advise betting on North Asian economies and maybe even India over Southeast Asian nations in 2014. A significant part of the Asian in...

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  • Quiet Bull Calls on Emerging Markets

    12-26-2013 11:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    For much of 2013, being bearish on emerging markets was the right call. Stocks in developing economies from the BRIC nations to the ASEAN group to CIVETS and nearly any other catchy acronym proved to be major disappointments as equities in the U.S., Japan and some other developed...

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  • These EM ETFs Could Shine in 2014

    12-24-2013 11:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    One takeaway from this years emerging markets sell-off is that investors need to be ultra-selective when evaluating exchange traded funds that hold developing world equities. Following the second-quarter spike in Treasury yields that exposed emerging markets saddled with heavy...

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  • A Bullish Case for South Korea ETFs

    12-19-2013 02:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea exchange traded funds stand out among other emerging markets as the country benefits from a current-account surplus and an arguably undervalued won currency. The iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) is up 0.8% year-to-date, outperforming the iShares ...

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  • 9 Must-Know Single-Country Emerging Markets ETFs for 2014

    12-19-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    On Thursday, the Federal Reserve finally announced its intent to taper its bond-buying program. The central bank will reduce the amount of its monthly asset purchases to $75 billion from $85 billion with equal reductions to purchases of mortgage and Treasury bonds. As luck wou...

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  • BlackRock Isnt too Fussed on These Emerging Markets

    12-11-2013 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    With the end of 2013 in sight, it is fair to say it has been a rough year for emerging markets investors. It is also fair to say that, in recent months, some green shoots have started to emerge. For example, exchange traded funds tracking equities in steady, lower beta develop...

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  • South Korea ETF Poised for More Upside

    12-10-2013 01:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    In a mostly glum year for single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds, the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) is something of a standout even with a loss of 1.7%. EWY, one of the largest country-specific ETFs of any type with almost $4.4 billion in a...

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  • EM ETFs' Tepid Performance to Continue into 2014

    12-04-2013 02:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging market stocks have fallen behind U.S. equities this year, and the underperformance could continue into the next. However, there are a few bright spots that exchange traded fund investors can hone in on. Credit Suisse projects the MSCI EM Index will only gain 6% by the...

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  • Emerging Markets ETFs Hit by November Outflows

    12-02-2013 12:58 PM by Todd Shriber

    A rocky 2013 for emerging markets exchange traded funds in terms of investor redemptions continued in November with diversified funds tracking developing world economies witnessing $3.6 billion of outflows last month, according to monthly flows data from BlackRock (NYSE: BLK). ...

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  • New South Korea ETF Could be in Play on Won Intervention

    11-27-2013 01:10 AM by Todd Shriber

    Talk of intervention by the Bank of Korea in an effort to weaken the won, one of this years top-performing emerging markets currencies, could mean the newly minted WisdomTree Korea Hedged Equity Fund (NasdaqGS: DXKW) is worth a look for investors looking hedged-currency exposure ...

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  • WisdomTree: Is South Korea Developed or Emerging?

    11-21-2013 11:29 AM by Jeremy Schwartz -- WisdomTree

    Today, South Korea is at the forefront of the debate about what constitutes the demarcation between an emerging and a developed market. Two major index providers, FTSE and MSCI, each champion one side of the argument. Below, we outline the basic tenets of each position and then d...

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  • 10 Worst Global Equity Markets By Single-Country ETFs

    11-17-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Apologies for following up good news with glum tidings, but some single-country exchange traded funds have really struggled this year. As we noted on Thursday, for most of the worlds major equity bourses, 2013 has been a good year. There have also been plenty of forgettable pe...

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  • South Korea ETF Showdown

    11-12-2013 06:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    With over $4.3 billion in assets under management, the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) is the undisputed sheriff in the sparsely populated town of South Korea ETFs. Few rivals have mounted legitimate challenges to EWY, but a new South Korea ETF has the pote...

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  • South Korea ETFs the Hedged Currency Way

    11-07-2013 12:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    Imagine being able to access an exchange traded fund or multiple ETFs that provide access to the equities of a large, advanced, export-driven Asian economy with currency hedge kicker. Investors already have three such options Japan ETFs. The new WisdomTree Korea Hedged Equity ...

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  • Room Left in South Korea Trade, for How Long is the Question

    10-31-2013 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    It may be conservative, docile and downright boring compared to other emerging Asian equity markets, but the recent returns offered by South Korean stocks have been anything but boring. Over the past 90 days, the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY), the largest...

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  • South Korea Bull Stampedes as Investors Rush In

    10-28-2013 02:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY), like so many other exchange traded funds tracking large emerging markets, did not start 2013 on a strong note. South Koreas export dependent economy, Asias fourth-largest, was seen as vulnerable to a weak yen. Policymake...

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  • Be Choosy With Emerging Market ETFs

    10-23-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Growing current-account deficits, hot money exposure and a cooling China are just some reasons why investors are taking a closer look at emerging market exchange traded funds as more become selective in their foreign exposure. HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and In...

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  • These EM ETFs may be Gaining Momentum

    10-16-2013 02:45 PM by Todd Shriber

    Select emerging markets exchange traded funds have been ramping higher in recent weeks, but at least one major global bank sees bullish opportunities with some of the most familiar developing economies. Citigroups proprietary value-plus-momentum model continues to overweight C...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Cash Flows Into South Korea ETF

    10-15-2013 12:12 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    In the past several sessions the largest ETF focused on equity exposure to South Korea, EWY (iShares MSCI South Korea Index, Expense Ratio 0.59%) has pulled in nearly $200 million in fresh new assets. EWY is the largest ETF in the space by a mile, with $4.05 billion currently ...

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  • S&P's Favorite Asia-Pacific ETFs

    08-15-2013 01:36 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Asia Pacific region has been plagued with slower growth, but activity in China, Hong Kong and Korea is expected to pick up steam by year end. Recent economic activity in the U.S. has helped bolster growth in the region, leading investors to focused exchange traded funds. T...

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  • South Korea ETF Lower After Rate Cut

    05-13-2013 10:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    The South Korea ETF has traded lower in the wake of an interest-rate cut from the Bank of Korea. The central bank lowered benchmark rates in a surprise bid to boost an economy heavily reliant on exports. The iShares MSCI South Korea Capped Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWY) is down 7....

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: South Korea

    03-22-2013 02:00 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Yesterday we talked about recent weakness in South Koreas equity market, where EWY (iShares MSCI South Korea, Expense Ratio 0.59%) has fallen eleven out of the last twelve trading sessions, closing below its 200 day MA yesterday for the first time since mid-November of last year....

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  • South Korea ETFs: Is Samsung the Next Apple?

    02-11-2013 11:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund pegged to South Korea is enjoying a multi-month rally as Samsung continues to gain ground in the smartphone business on Apple. "Apple, for the first time in years, is hearing footsteps.The maker of iPhones, iPads and iPods has never faced a challenger a...

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  • Overseas ETF Plays with Good Value

    01-10-2013 12:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors who want to capture affordable investment markets in 2013 should check out Italy, Argentina and South Korea. All three countries have a focused exchange traded fund that feature attractive valuations. "At this time last year, we were at an all-time high in terms of t...

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  • The Bullish Case for a South Korea ETF

    11-21-2012 02:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many of the reasons the iShares MSCI South Korean Index (NYSEArca: EWY) rallied about 21% in 2012 are the same driving economic forces expected to support positive performance in 2013. A high allocation in information technology has helped this fund deliver while keeping losses t...

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  • How Diversified Are Your ETFs?

    11-14-2012 07:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are touted for the diversification benefits they provide but specialized or targeted sector funds may not be as well-rounded as one may think. While some ETFs do provide cost efficient diversification benefits, the reward comes at the price of individual res...

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  • Apple-Samsung Battle Felt in ETFs

    08-30-2012 03:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    The verdict for Samsung to pay Apple (NasdaqGS: APPL) over $1 billion in damages in a recent patent trial has not taken the exchange traded fundiShares MSCI South Korea (NYSEArca:EWY)down far. The $2.63 billion fund is one of the largest single-country funds trading and allocates...

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  • Three Emerging Market ETFs on an Uptrend

    08-21-2012 03:19 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging economies have gotten caught up in the Eurozone drama, but a few have managed to confirm an uptrend. The countries and focused exchange traded funds of Poland, Taiwan and South Korea have managed to gain investors interest and are on a turnaround. For example, theiSha...

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  • EWY Lower After Failed North Korea Missile Launch

    04-13-2012 11:31 AM by John Spence

    A $3.3 billion ETF indexed to South Koreas market traded lower Friday following news a rocket launched by its northern neighbor exploded over the Yellow Sea. The iShares MSCI South Korea (NYSEArca: EWY) was down 0.6% in midday trading. Other ETFs that invest in this market inc...

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  • Best Emerging Market ETFs

    02-22-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With global growth, copious liquidity and low interest rates spurring riskier investment strategies, emerging market equities and exchange traded funds have been among the most attractive assets this year. "The main argument for investing in international equities is for diver...

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  • South Korea ETF: Will it Rally on Samsung Deal?

    01-18-2012 04:36 PM by Tom Lydon

    Samsung Group is raising its 2012 investment to $41.4 billion in an effort to maintain market share of flat screens and mobile units. The move could provide a boost to iShares MSCI South Korea (NYSEArca: EWY). "Samsung's got strong cash flow to make bold bets in new technolo...

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  • Can Japan ETFs Overcome Hurdles in 2012?

    01-05-2012 07:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    After losing about 15% in 2011, exchange traded funds that invest in Japan have started the new year strong on hopes the country can continue to rebound from last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japanese stocks soared on Tuesday as the Topix Index posted its best ri...

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  • ETF Focus: South Korea

    12-20-2011 02:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking South Korea have been volatile this week following the death of Kim Jong Il. The nuclear power to the north has named an untried successor, but Monday's sharp decline in South Korean ETFs was followed by a quick rebound after country's National Pen...

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  • ETF Spotlight: South Korea

    11-30-2011 04:13 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund tracking South Korea is up sharply this week on easing measures from China, the Federal Reserve and other central banks. Samsung Electronics is moving in on a deal with Google (NasdaqGM: GOOG) to use the search engine's software platform. Samsung is a...

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  • South Korea ETF Hit by Economic Slowdown

    10-04-2011 08:12 AM by Tom Lydon

    Markets in South Korea are taking a hit as low manufacturing activity indicates a shrinking economy. The exchange traded fund, iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWY), has lost 32% over the past three months, and slow economic growth in the U.S. and Europe have kept t...

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  • The Contrarian: Single-Country ETFs

    08-23-2011 03:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many exchange traded funds that track individual countries have been beaten to a pulp in 2011. Some bargain hunters see cheap valuations in these hard-hit ETFs despite global debt and economic tensions. Last week, we took a look at some of the most oversold ETFs measured by di...

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  • South Korea ETF Retains 'Emerging' Tag

    06-24-2011 08:22 AM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea wasn't reclassified as a developed market by benchmark manager MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) in a recent review as some investors had expected. An exchange traded fund that invests in the country is holding slim gains for 2011. South Korea's government reported weaker numbers ...

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  • Emerging Market ETFs Could Be On Course For A Turnaround

    06-02-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets exchange traded funds (ETFs) experienced their worst month in a year, but emerging markets may be set to fuel the next wave of global investments. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (NYSEArca: EEM) and Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) a...

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  • Asia ETFs: An Off Day in Japanese Markets

    03-22-2011 11:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Asian stocks fluctuated as the Japan's market took a slight dip. Japanese traders are taking in profits after a couple of days of significant gains, but fresh news of halts in manufacturing provided additional pressure on the market. The Japan exchange traded fund (ETF) has recen...

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  • Frontier Market ETFs: Is This Their Year?

    02-17-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Frontier market exchange traded funds (ETFs) could see greater inflows as investors seek out riskier assets with the promise of potentially higher returns. According to Karim Rahemtulla for InvestmentU, Vietnam, Thailand and Combodia are three promising, up-and-coming, "pre-em...

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  • South Korea ETF: A Plan to Stay Afloat

    12-30-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea's tensions with North Korea are escalating, but South Korea has a plan to keep its economy, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and its growing ETF industry humming. The country announced recently that it would begin charging levies on banks foreign exchange borrowings. T...

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  • ETFs Mixed Following European Gains, Asian Losses

    12-20-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs are mixed on Monday, following gains in European stocks and losses in Asian markets, as investors looked to extend a three-week rally into this holiday-shortened week. Solid fourth-quarter results should propel equities higher despite their short-term overbought conditio...

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  • North Korea a Distant Memory for South Korea ETFs

    12-10-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Mere weeks after North Korea made aggressive moves toward South Korea, one of the country's exchange traded funds (ETFs) is moving like nothing ever happened. iShares MSCI South Korea (NYSEArca: EWY) is up 4.5% over the last 10 trading days, and in the last six months, it's up...

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  • South Korea ETFs Stand Strong

    12-01-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a fresh skirmish between North and South Korea, South Korea's exchange traded funds (ETFs) have managed to stand tough in the face of turmoil. You can't blame investors for being a little nervous; North Korea's move on South Korea was the biggest since 1953. In reactio...

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  • South Korea ETFs Lifted by G20

    11-12-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you were expecting the G20 to end with a free trade deal between the United States and South Korea, you were left wanting. But the lack of a deal shouldn't hurt the South Korea exchange traded fund (ETF). The trade deal would have expanded American exports of automobiles an...

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  • China's Rate Increase Sinks Commodity ETFs

    11-12-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The news that the Chinese government is preparing to raise interest rates to rein in its fast-growing economy and fight inflation is helping to drive down shares of equity and commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) in early trade. Chinese officials reported that the nation's r...

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  • Asia ETF Industry Grows as Economies Heat Up

    11-04-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It isn't only in the United States that the exchange traded fund (ETF) market is expanding. Asian countries are also growing out their lines of offered ETFs to provide investors with access to new areas of the markets and their economies heat up. Korea and Japan recently launc...

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  • South Korean ETF Boosted By Sentiment

    09-19-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As investors are turning their heads overseas to emerging markets, South Korea may offer the best of both a developed and emerging market economy. Related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a diversified way to get the exposure you want. Since the U.S. economy's growth has slowe...

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  • 5 Reasons to Watch South Korea ETFs

    09-11-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea may be a country of turmoil, but amid the chaos is opportunity in exchange traded funds (ETFs) if you look closely. The overblown geopolitical climate is just one reason why South Korea may be a good opportunity for investors. Here are a few more reasons this econ...

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  • 4 Reasons South Korea ETFs May Not Be Down for Long

    08-27-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea's economy grew in the second quarter. That growth has yet to translate over to South Korea exchange traded funds (ETFs), which are down for the last month. That may not be the case for long, though. There are some encouraging signs being seen in the South Korean ec...

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  • The Impact of Rising Tensions on South Korea ETF

    05-28-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As political strife escalates between North and South Korea, South Korea's exchange traded fund (ETF) have gotten hit hard. The rise of economic uncertainty and risk of war have investors turning a blind eye to what was a fast-rising emerging market. The iShares MSCI South Kor...

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  • Global ETFs in Harvard's Portfolio: Do They Make the Grade?

    05-27-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Harvard's endowment loves exchange traded funds (ETFs) - it's true. In its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), we're privy to which ETFs in particular it loves, and which ETFs, not so much. As the richest university in the United States, Harva...

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  • Political Strife Could Threaten South Korea ETF

    05-05-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea has been entangled by political tensions with North Korea after a military scuffle on the seas. Observers believe that a possible escalation of war between the two countries could prove to be detrimental to South Korea's economy and constrain related exchange traded f...

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  • South Korea ETF: What a Stronger Yuan Would Mean

    04-18-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea, the motherland of powerful companies such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai, looks primed for economic growth in the coming months. If that is true, investors can look to exchange traded funds (ETFs) to benefit from the upswing. Two main developments give cause for bull...

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  • How South Korea ETF Is Emerging as an Asian Leader

    03-27-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea is becoming a market leader as it aggressively pushes into other markets with its innovative high-tech products. The country's potential hasn't gone unnoticed, and investors have been throwing money at South Korea's markets and exchange traded fund (ETF). South Kor...

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  • South Korea ETF: Opportunity May Be Knocking

    03-11-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea seems to be taking an approach to its economic growth and interest rates that mirrors the United States'. The country is keeping interest rates at record lows because the recovery is still viewed as "fragile." Sound familiar? The South Korean economy is playing it ...

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  • Asia ETFs: Why 'Economic Freedom' Matters

    01-25-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The United States is the land of the free, sure, but not quite as economically free as some other countries. Asia and Asia-Pacific countries are among some of the more liberalized economies in the world and their country-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reflecting the gro...

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  • 7 Reasons to Feel Good About South Korea's ETF

    12-16-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the devastation brought on by the financial crisis, the South Korean economy, along with its related exchange traded fund (ETF), has been strengthening on fiscal stimulus and the government's expansionary policies. The South Korean economy was able to climb out of its re...

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  • How New Trade Relations Could Help South Korea ETF

    11-25-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In the recent circuit through Asia, President Barack Obama met up with South Korea's President in order to further trade negotiations between the two countries. South Korea's economy and exchange traded fund (ETF), may have made a full recovery and normal growth could likely resu...

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  • Electronics Making a Comeback? 5 ETFs to Play It

    11-02-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although major electronics makers have reported less than stellar earnings for the third quarter, they're feeling positive enough to raise their full-year forecasts. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) can give you exposure to the entire sector. Many electronic makers have come to t...

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  • ETF Plays for Asia's Faster Growth

    10-29-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It appears that most Asian economies have finally pulled out of a recession. While recovery is expected to be slow for the time being, there are a variety of exchange traded fund (ETF) plays for even modest growth. South Korea's growth in the third quarter was at its quickest ...

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  • Country ETFs: Imports Vs. Exports

    10-26-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) performance that correspond with a country's growth are tied to many different factors. One major factor to consider is the billions marked down on a country's trade balance sheet. According to Gary Gordon for ETF Expert, there is a slight discerni...

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  • As South Korea Booms, 3 Ways to Get ETF Exposure

    10-13-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea is looking like a ripe opportunity to investors, as the country is growing out of the global downturn quite strongly. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer a good way to get exposure to this Asian nation. Year-to-date, iShares MSCI South Korea (NYSEArca: EWY) has bee...

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  • 5 Alternatives for BRIC ETF Investors

    09-18-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When many people talk about emerging markets, chances are that the BRICs are part of the conversation. Brazil, Russia, China and India have all gone through such expansive growth that there are even exchange traded funds (ETFs) devoted just to those countries. But what if you're...

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  • South Korea ETF: What's Going On?

    09-08-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a thorough pummeling during the financial crisis, South Korea and its related exchange traded fund (ETF) have made a quick rebound, but the country is still suffering from languid global demand. South Korea's faster-than-expected growth in the second quarter has allowed ...

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  • Why South Koreas Economy and ETF Are Surprising Economists

    08-04-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea's economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) have been surging toward a recovery for the past few months. Smaller-than-expected dips in some areas and improvements in others are delighting analysts. The momentum that's been seen in South Korea's economic recovery have ...

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  • The Big Deal With South Korea's ETF

    07-17-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The worldwide efforts of governments stimulus packages may help stave off any more of a slowdown in South Korea's export-driven economy and oriented exchange traded fund (ETF). Apparently there is a slowdown in the slowdown of South Korea's exports, which could signal an earlier...

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  • 4 Reasons to Keep An Eye On South Korea's ETF

    07-06-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea's exchange traded fund (ETF) is not only a standout in today's trading, but it's up a nice 24.4% in the last six months. Since the March 9 market low, iShares MSCI South Korea (EWY) is up 58.2%. What gives? Thank electronics maker Samsung, which accounts for a hef...

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  • 4 Ways to Play the Infrastructure Push

    06-24-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When you thought that the exchange traded fund (ETF) world couldn't get more diversified, it surprised us all with a newly created infrastructure ETF. The newly creatediShares Emerging Market Infrastructure Index Fund (EMIF) offers investors even more exposure to emerging mar...

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  • ETFs to Watch As the World Decouples

    06-02-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As emerging countries "decouple," emerging economies and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may outpace the markets of bulkier developed countries. It is clear that the emerging market is recovering faster than developed ones, according to ETF Grind. While developed markets ...

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  • Do Asia's ETF Have the Chops to Keep Growing?

    05-22-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Asian economies and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) could get an assist from its domestic consumption, but not all the economies are going to move in lockstep. It is unlikely that the Asian tigers will be returning to large growth rates of years past and domestic demand a...

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  • Why Asian ETFs Are On the Up and Up

    05-07-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Asian markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are on the rise. Let's take a closer look to see why they are blossoming. After being crippled in a stagnating global economy, emerging market countries in Asia are showing signs of rejuvenation, remarks Gary Gordon for ETF Expert...

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  • 4 Reasons To Watch South Korea ETF

    05-04-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Things are looking up in South Korea's economy. Will the positives be enough to keep its exchange traded fund (ETF) moving in the right direction? There are some solid fundamentals supporting the case for the iShares MSCI South Korea Fund (EWY) ETF, says J. Clinton Hill for S...

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  • Can South Korea's ETF Keep Moving On Up?

    04-28-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    So far, South Korea's economy and related exchange traded fund (ETF) barely sidestepped a recession as government and central bank policies start to kick in. Economic data for the first quarter revealed growth for the South Korean economy of 0.1%, which surprised many analysts...

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  • Makeover Eyed for Emerging Markets ETF's Index

    04-14-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Changes in the world could soon be leading to changes in a major emerging markets index and its exchange traded fund (ETF). MSCI Barra is thinking of switching up its country lineup in its emerging markets Index, reports Sam Mamudi for The Wall Street Journal. Some fund manage...

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  • The Top Five ETFs in March

    04-01-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) had their ups and downs in March. Who were the real standouts, and which area dominated? Global markets captured four of the top five positions for the month of March. Does this mean a turnaround is in the works? The only way to answer that questi...

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  • South Koreas Latest Move to Boost Its Economy and ETFs

    03-20-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After some renewed confidence in the financial sectors, South Korea plans to issue bonds overseas in an attempt to raise dollars and boost its own economy, along with related exchange traded fund (ETF). The South Korean government is going to sell dollar-denominated foreign ex...

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  • Can South Korea ETF Cross the 50-Day Moving Average?

    03-14-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In an attempt to revive their economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs), South Korea may be forced to cut its interest rate once again. The interest rate in the Asian country has been already been slashed six times since October, and may be cut for a seventh time down to 1.75%...

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  • How South Korea's Economy, ETF Impacted By Downturn

    03-04-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Stuck in the ongoing global doldrums, South Korea's economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) may be experiencing the impact of being heavily reliant on economic conditions abroad. On Monday, South Korea's currency fell to 1,570.30 against the U.S. dollar, a low last seen in 1998...

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  • 5 Ways to Protect Yourself From the ETF Ripple Effect

    02-03-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The global economy has developed to a point where a small disturbance can create ripples that reach to the far corners of the world, and the stumbling U.S. economy has done just this by disrupting other markets and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The American way i...

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  • Will Technology ETFs Dazzle Us in 2009?

    01-14-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It appears that the electronics industry technology continues to advance and amaze, and this time it is happening with the ever-evolving television; but will this advancement benefit the industry and its exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Apple's Future? Apple CEO Steve Jobs announc...

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  • 2 Bailouts for Ailing South Korea Economy, ETF

    12-29-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The first half of 2009 is looking slow for South Korea and its economy, with shrinkage on the agendabecause ofthe global economic slowdown. President Lee Myung-bak said the economy would shrink, but that the second half ofnext yearwould surface with growth on an annual basis,...

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  • South Korea Trade Deals Potential ETF Impact

    12-21-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Failed attempts to forcefully stop free trade deal in South Korea may allow the ratification of the pack and a subsequent boost to the economy and South Korea's exchange traded fund (ETF). On Thursday, members of the opposition Democratic Party tried to physically stop the po...

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  • South Korea Sets Record to Help Its ETF

    12-12-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A record rate cut in South Korea has raised hopes that it will be enough to get the exchange traded fund (ETF) and economy back on the path to growth. The one-point cut is the largest rate cut in the country's history. This move came after China disclosed their economic indica...

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  • Taiwan, South Korea Soothe ETF Pain With Rate Cuts

    11-12-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Both Taiwan and South Korea are seeing cuts in their key interest rates, in hopes of jump-starting their economies and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Taiwan's central bank on Sunday cut its key interest rate for the fourth time in less than eight weeks after the island posted i...

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  • Global ETFs Hit Especially Hard In Slowdown - Now What?

    10-23-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global exchange traded funds (ETFs), for the most part, have been hit harder than any other area. Most are at least 50% off their highs, while some are a full two-thirds or even more. As the U.S. economy slumps further, banks are lending less, leading to consumers spending les...

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  • South Korea Gets Upgraded, and ETF Could Emerge

    09-20-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    South Korea got an upgrade today that could translate into an upgrade in the performance of its exchange traded fund (ETF). According to London-based FTSE, it's no longer an emerging market and has been elevated to that of developed status, reports Murray Coleman for Index Uni...

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  • ETFs Around the World Sneeze After Dow Sinks

    09-05-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Wall Street coughed yesterday, and Europe and Asia's markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) caught a cold. After the Dow Jones lost more than 340 points, Europe's FTSE-100, Germany's DAX and France's CAC all fell by mid-afternoon. In Moscow, reports Louise Watt for the Assoc...

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  • August ETF Performance Report

    08-29-2008 01:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    Market volatility continued in August, which led to mixed performance for major indexes and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Dow Jones industrial average ended the month down slightly by 0.3%, the S&P 500 was basically flat, but the Nasdaq gained 1.6%. Foreign markets and...

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  • South Korea and Its ETF Look to Overcome Economic Hardship

    08-20-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With many symptoms similar to those of the United States', South Korea and its exchange traded fund (ETF) have been exposed to many of the same problems stemming from the U.S. economic slowdown. As a credit crisis lingers in the United States, it has sent a shudder through the...

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