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Japan Hedged Equity WisdomtreeFund

  • More Reasons to Consider Japan ETFs

    02-06-2017 10:44 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese stocks and exchange traded funds are again proving to be prime destinations for investors look for ex-US developed markets equity exposure. For example, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) is up about 4.5% to start 2017. There is growing, data-driven optimism a...

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  • Japan ETFs Are Standing out in Global Markets

    01-26-2017 02:28 PM by Max Chen

    Japanese markets and country-specific exchange traded funds continue to strengthen on improved risk appetite as investor sentiment improves on optimism over global growth prospects. "We have upgraded Japanese equities to overweight, as we believe they should disproportionately...

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  • Conditions Are Right for Currency-Hedged Japan ETFs

    01-09-2017 03:42 PM by Max Chen

    As many try to find ares of opportunities and diversify their portfolios, investors should take a moment to consider currency-hedged Japan exchange traded funds. "We see global reflation and a weak yen propelling Japanese stocks higher on a currency-hedged basis," Richard Turn...

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  • Most Popular & Most Hated ETFs of 2016

    12-29-2016 05:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    The year 2016 has been filled with great oscillations as investors were taken on a wild ride, with some markets and exchange traded fund standing out from the rest. There are now 1,960 U.S.-listed exchange traded products with $2.550 trillion in net assets under management aft...

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  • Japan ETFs Offer Opportunities in Global Markets

    12-29-2016 03:49 PM by Max Chen

    Attractive valuations and political stability may help draw global investors to Japanese markets, supporting Japan country-specific exchange traded funds. Foreign institutional investors are rushing to buy Japanese stocks given that Japan is politically stable and that the sto...

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  • A Legitimate Trump Bump for Japan ETFs

    12-20-2016 10:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Following the U.S. presidential election, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) has been one of the worst-performing currency exchange traded funds while equity-based Japan ETFs have been among the best developed markets performers. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (...

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  • Japanese Financial Stocks, ETFs Are Outperforming

    12-09-2016 01:58 PM by Max Chen

    While Japanese stocks have rallied, Japan's banks and a currency-hedged financial sector exchange traded fund have been outperforming the broader market. The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Financials Fund (NYSEArca: DXJF), which tracks the Japanese financial sector and hedges against...

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  • Look to These International ETFs Under President Trump

    12-07-2016 10:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    Donald Trump's surprising victory in last month's U.S. presidential election has been widely cited as a catalyst behind the recent surge in U.S. stocks, a thesis that is a sharp reversal from pre-election speculation that stated Trump would harm an array of asset classes, includi...

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  • A Bullish Call on Shares of an ETF Issuer

    11-30-2016 10:34 AM by Brenton Garen

    WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQGS: WETF) is the seventh-largest U.S. issuer of ETFs and still the lone publicly traded pure play ETF sponsor. Shares of New York-based WisdomTree have tumbled this year, but that downside could be a case of too much too fast and investors n...

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  • Soros Drops GLD Stake, Adds China, Japan ETFs

    11-15-2016 10:42 AM by Brenton Garen

    Soros Fund Management, the investment firm that manages the wealth of billionaire investor George Soros, eliminated its stake in the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) during the second quarter, according to regulatory filings. However, Soros Fund Management did add position...

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  • Look to Currency Hedged Japan ETFs as Economy Expands, Yen Plunges

    11-14-2016 02:44 PM by Max Chen

    Japan currency-hedged, country-specific exchange traded funds have outperformed in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump's victory as the U.S. dollar appreciated while the Japanese yen weakened. Over the past week, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ)...

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  • Yen Currency Could Weaken, Support Currency-Hedged Japan ETFs

    10-14-2016 03:33 PM by Max Chen

    As markets anticipate a higher chance of a Federal Reserve rate hike, the yen currency has weakened against the U.S. dollar and bolstered export-heavy Japanese markets and country-specific exchange traded funds. Over the past month, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund ...

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  • Yen ETF Could Finally be Ready for a Breather

    10-03-2016 11:04 AM by Tom Lydon

    Until recently, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) was one of this years best-performing currency exchange traded funds, but that status started to change for the worse recently amid speculation that the Bank of Japan has more easing efforts left in its tank. ...

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  • Emerging Market ETF Investments Were a Big Theme in August

    09-01-2016 05:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    In a month marked by flat U.S. markets, with thin and narrow trading, exchange traded fund investors sought out areas of higher return, targeting emerging market assets over August. Among the most popular ETF trades, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) and Va...

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  • Japan Currency-Hedged ETFs Gain on Fed Speculation

    08-30-2016 05:27 PM by Max Chen

    Japan currency-hedged exchange traded funds are rebounding as rising speculation of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike sometime this year fueled a strengthening U.S. dollar and depressed the yen currency. On Tuesday, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) ga...

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  • Government Stimulus Can Only Do So Much for Japan ETFs

    08-15-2016 03:53 PM by Max Chen

    Despite robust accommodative measures, the Japanese economy is suffering from slow growth and has been weighed down by weak exports and business investment, diminishing the outlook for Japan country-specific exchange traded funds. Japan's economy stalled in the second quarter,...

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  • Currency-Hedged ETFs to Capitalize on Increased Japanese Stimulus

    07-27-2016 02:01 PM by Max Chen

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced an additional stimulus package to support the economy, sending the yen lower and supporting market gains, with currency-hedged Japan exchange traded funds leading the charge. On Wednesday, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NY...

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  • More Downside for the Yen ETF?

    07-25-2016 10:56 AM by Tom Lydon

    Until recently, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) was one of this year's best-performing currency exchange traded funds, but that status started to change for the worse recently amid speculation that the Bank of Japan has more easing efforts left in its tank. ...

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  • Hedged Japan ETFs to Capitalize Off Additional Stimulus

    07-15-2016 03:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the Japanese yen weakening and speculation Prime Minister Shinzo will augment his administration's stimulus measures, investors interested in the Japanese equities market should consider a currency-hedged exchange traded fund strategy. The Japanese yen experienced one of ...

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  • ETF Investors Jumped Into Gold, Value Plays Over June

    07-05-2016 06:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    In a month dominated by speculation over Brexit vote, exchange traded fund flows over June revealed that investors hedged riskier equity bets with gold and low volatility options. Gold ETFs have been the shining asset category of the year and June inflows showed that the preci...

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  • Contrarian ETF Plays to Go Against the Grain

    05-18-2016 05:09 PM by Max Chen

    In anticipation of the summer doldrums, many have increased cash positions to sit out potential volatility ahead. However, increasing negative sentiment may signal contrarian opportunities for some areas of the market and exchange traded funds. A Bank of America Merrill Lynch ...

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  • Japan ETFs Experiencing a Dead Cat Bounce?

    05-02-2016 03:59 PM by Max Chen

    Japanese markets closed lower Monday, but on the other side of the globe, U.S.-listed Japan country-specific exchange traded funds bounced as speculators tried to catch the falling knife. Japanese stocks plunged Monday, with the Nikkei 225 Index down 3.1%, on the yen currency'...

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  • ETF Flows Show Investors Are Riding the Stock Market Rebound

    04-29-2016 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a tumultuous start to the year, exchange traded fund investors have been easing back into the riskier segments of the market, focusing on income generation and some more defensive strategies that may keep the edge off their stock plays. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca...

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  • Japanese Yen ETF Pops as BOJ Surprises Again

    04-28-2016 02:07 PM by Max Chen

    In stark contrast to market expectations of further intervention to stimulate a stagnating economy, the Bank of Japan opted to stand pat Thursday, triggering a surge in the Japanese yen and currency-related exchange traded fund. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca:...

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  • BOJ Speculation Revives Currency-Hedged Japan ETF Trade

    04-22-2016 02:12 PM by Max Chen

    Japanese equities bounced Friday, with currency-hedged exchange traded funds leading the charge on a weakening yen, as speculators bet the Bank of Japan will give banks a helping hand. Currency hedged ETFs, which diminished the negative effect of a weaker yen currency, outpace...

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  • Yen Surge Perks Up Japan ETFs

    04-21-2016 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With global investors favoring the Japanese yen as a safe-haven destination earlier this year, the yen surged while damaging currency hedged exchange traded funds, such as the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) in the process. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen T...

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  • ETF Investors Are Warming up to Emerging Markets

    04-13-2016 04:55 PM by Max Chen

    After underperforming the developed economies for years, emerging markets are roaring back, and exchange traded fund investors have taken notice. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) was the third most popular ETF over the past month, attracting almost $1.3 bi...

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  • Japan ETFs See Huge Outflows as a Hot Trade Turns Cold

    04-11-2016 04:26 PM by Max Chen

    Once loved, Japanese stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds are getting the cold shoulder as investors dumped exposure to the developed Asian market on concerns over economic weakness and the effects of a stronger yen on exporters. Since the start of 2016, foreign t...

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  • Hedged Japan ETFs Strengthen as Yen Weakens for 7th Day

    03-28-2016 02:22 PM by Max Chen

    The Japanese yen weakened for the seventh day, bolstering export-heavy Japanese market and currency-hedged country-specific exchange traded funds. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) dipped 0.5% as traders trimmed their safe-haven bets in light of an improvin...

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  • An Upbeat Outlook for Japan ETFs

    02-24-2016 03:19 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds have suffered through the recent global sell-off, but the developed Asian market could turn around and end the year on a high note. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) fell 10.6%, Deutsche X-trac...

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  • BOJ Surprise Pummels Yen, Bolsters Stock ETFs

    01-30-2016 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Bank of Japan unexpectedly implemented negative interest rates Friday in response to the volatile global markets that has added to its ongoing deflationary risks, bolstering Japan country-specific exchange traded funds and pulling the rug from under the yen currency. The i...

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  • Where ETF Investors May Find Bargains

    01-26-2016 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    The equities market and stock exchange traded funds retreated in a violent start to a new year. As volatility dissipates, exchange traded fund investors should consider areas where selling may have been overdone. "In our opinion, much of the recent selling has been overdone an...

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  • Japan ETFs Roar Back to Life

    01-22-2016 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Hopes of further monetary easing helped Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds rally Friday, with formerly bearish traders adding to the momentum on short covering. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) was 4.4% higher Friday after falling 10.9% year...

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  • Europe, Japan ETFs for Diversification

    01-05-2016 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the U.S. equities market expected to slow down this year, exchange traded fund investors may want to look to overseas markets, like the Eurozone or Japan. Citi strategists downgraded U.S. equities Tuesday, citing potential negative impact of Federal Reserve interest rate ...

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  • Japan ETF Outlook While Abe Battles Recession

    11-16-2015 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    While new economic data reveals Japan has entered its first technical recession in five years, Japanese country-specific exchange traded funds strengthened along with the broader market. Japan's gross domestic product shrank at an annualized 0.8% in the July-September period f...

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  • Central Banks Complicate Capturing Japan ETF Returns

    11-03-2015 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the Federal Reserve has signaled it is looking at a December rate hike, the Bank of Japan could extend quantitative easing to prop up growth and inflation. Consequently, investors may look to the Japanese markets with a currency-hedged country-specific exchange traded fund ...

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  • 2 Positions To Overweight In A Volatile Market

    10-27-2015 05:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    In response to ongoing global volatility, notably lingering uncertainty in China, international investors may want to stick to more stable markets, like Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds. Dan Chamby, who helps manage a $90 billion BlackRock global st...

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  • Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Will Boost Japan ETFs

    10-05-2015 03:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    A historic Trans-Pacific Partnership pact will lower trade barriers around the Pacific, bolstering export-heavy Japanese markets and country-specific exchange traded funds Monday. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) was 2.7% higher Monday. EWJ gained 4.2% year-to-date. ...

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  • The ETFs Relying On Japan's New Plans

    09-25-2015 03:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese markets and country-specific exchange traded funds jumped Friday after Prime Minister Shinz Abe called for reforms that could bolster the economy and new inflation data added to speculation on further easing. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) rose 2.7% Friday...

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  • Options Traders Bet on Upside for Popular Japan ETF

    09-24-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds such as iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ), WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) and the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBJP) were dragged lower by the decline in Chinese stocks last month, but that has not sto...

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  • Another Reason to Consider Japan ETFs

    09-16-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds such as iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ), WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) and the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBJP) were dragged lower by the decline in Chinese stocks last month, but plenty of market...

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  • There's Still Something to See With Japan ETFs

    09-15-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ), Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBJP) and other Japan ETFs have been pressured by the yen's recent resurgence as a safe-haven currency, but catalysts remain for stocks in Asia's second-largest ec...

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  • Japan ETFs Rebound on China Optimism, Short Covering

    09-09-2015 02:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japan country-specific exchange traded funds jumped Wednesday after the Japanese Nikkei 225 surged on its largest one-day move since the financial crisis. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) rose 0.8% Wednesday. Meanwhile, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEA...

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  • As Investors Leave Japanese Stocks, Some ETFs Keep Inflows Going

    09-08-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Amid a surge in volatility that has stung global equity markets, the Japanese yen's status as a safe-haven currency has been restored, sending the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSE: FXY) higher by 4.7% over the past month. The yen's spike has prompted global investors to...

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  • ETF Investors May Find Opportunity In Japanese Equity Pullback

    09-01-2015 03:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese markets and country-specific exchange traded funds retreated Tuesday, but contrarian investors may find that the pullbacks are opportune and cheap entry points into a growing economy. Poor Chinese data pressured Asian equities Tuesday, with the iShares MSCI Japan ETF ...

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  • Why Consider Currency Hedged ETFs

    08-31-2015 03:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    With U.S. equities coming off a multi-year rally, more investors are starting to look to overseas markets as a way to diversify their investment portfolio. However, some are beginning to see specific risks in foreign equities exposure, notably foreign exchange currency risks. ...

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  • Analyst Sours on an ETF Provider's Stock

    08-27-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    No exchange traded fund has added more new assets this year than the $15.6 billion added by the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ) and only four ETFs, including HEDJ, have taken in more new assets than the nearly $5 billion added by the WisdomTree Japan Hedged ...

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  • Why Japan ETF Investors Should Look At Small-Caps Category

    08-21-2015 04:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    While Japan's export growth is slowing, investors who still want to capture an expanding Japanese economy may want to take a look at the domestic market and small-cap exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DFJ) rose 14.9%, i...

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  • Flows to Currency Hedged ETFs Remain Robust

    08-17-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    When the U.S. dollar flailed for part of the second quarter, critics were quick to write obituaries for currency hedged exchanged traded funds. Too quick. Roughly halfway through the third quarter, the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ) and the Deutsche X-tr...

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  • Investors are Ditching U.S. Stocks in Favor of International ETFs

    08-06-2015 04:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund investors have been dumping exposure to U.S. equities in favor of overseas markets this year. According to Lipper data, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) experienced the largest amount of redemptions in 2015 of any one portfolio, bleeding $46.5 bill...

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  • ETFs to Access Stronger Overseas Developed Markets

    07-29-2015 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Developed international stocks and exchange traded funds are pulling ahead with the Eurozone strengthening on improved earnings and Japan finding support from domestic institutional investors. In Europe, with the Greek debt woes dissipating, investors have been focused on the ...

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  • Even After Strong Performance, Japan ETFs Look Attractive

    07-27-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Japanese equities and related exchange traded funds have outperformed, but some financial advisors and fund managers believe the market still has more room to run. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) increased 15.1% year-to-date. Meanwhile the Nikkei stock index gai...

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  • A Bond Rotation Could Support Stock ETFs

    06-24-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With prospects of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike sometime this year, stock exchange traded funds could find support from a potential great rotation out of bonds. Asset management consultancy firm Create found that among 705 institutional investors, including pension fund...

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  • Currency Hedged ETF Flows SlowSort Of

    06-23-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Ebbing volatility in currency markets is slowing inflows to currency hedged exchange traded funds, which have been this years most prolific asset gatherers. U.S. hedged ETFs attracted $204 million in the week through June 19, the least since December, data compiled by Bloomber...

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  • WisdomTree Slightly Lower After Downgrade; P/Ts Still Impressive

    06-22-2015 12:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    Shares of WisdomTree (NasdaqGS: WETF), the only publicly traded pure play issuer of exchange traded funds, are trading slightly lower Monday after Keefe, Bruyette & Woods analyst Robert Lee downgraded the stock to market perform from outperform. WisdomTree is off just four...

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  • ETF Investors Look the Other way as Hedgies bet Against Japanese Stocks

    06-19-2015 02:14 PM by Todd Shriber

    Call it a potential catalyst or problem. Either way, hedge funds are loading up on bearish bets against Japanese stocks, but investors in the corresponding exchange traded funds dont seem to mind. During Thursdays Asian session, the short selling ratio on Japans benchmark Nikk...

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  • WisdomTrees Ascent Lifts it to Major Mid-Cap Index

    06-15-2015 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Buoyed by investors flocking to currency hedged exchange traded funds, shares of WisdomTree (NasdaqGS: WETF), the fifth-largest U.S. ETF issuer, are up 43% this year. That has elevated the company, the only publicly traded pure play ETF issuer, to a market value of almost $3.1...

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  • Japan Stocks, ETFs' Outperformance Only Getting Started

    06-04-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds have pulled ahead of U.S. markets and may continue to hold on to their lead. The non-hedged iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) rose 16.4% year-to-date. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY), wh...

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  • International ETFs Stoke $18.3B in May Inflows

    06-02-2015 02:37 PM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds continued their breakneck pace of asset gathering in May, adding $18.3 billion in new capital as investors shuffled into international funds. Global ETP flows of $18.3bn were concentrated in developed market EAFE equities and Japan funds. Europe and U.S. ...

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  • Some Pros are Missing out on USD/JPY, Japan ETF Strength

    05-28-2015 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY), which tracks yen movements against the dollar, is off 4% over the past month and was one of just eight exchange traded funds to print a 52-week low on Wednesday. Over the same period, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fun...

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  • Bull Case for Japan ETFs Grows

    05-22-2015 02:41 PM by Todd Shriber

    Japanese stocks rose for a sixth day Friday with the Topix jumping to market capitalization record. Stocks in the worlds third-largest economy rest near 15-year highs, buoyed by solid first-quarter GDP report released earlier this week. U.S. exchange traded fund investors are ...

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  • Investors Still Like the Japan ETF Trade

    05-18-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are adding on Japan hedged-equity exchange traded fund positions as a weaker yen currency helps energize the economy and more companies begin returning value back to investors. Since the start of May, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) has attrac...

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  • Best of Two Worlds With a new Japan ETF

    04-09-2015 12:44 PM by Todd Shriber

    Aided by one of the largest monetary easing programs in the world, Japanese stocks have been among the best developed markets performers over the past several years. The tumbling yen played a pivotal role in introducing investors to currency hedged exchange traded funds, now o...

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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 Haul in $36.1 Billion in March

    04-06-2015 12:37 PM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite fell an average of 2.4% last month, but those glum performances did not prevent investors from pouring $36.1 billion into exchange traded funds. Strong March inflows brought first-quarter ETF inflows to $97...

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  • Dollar ETFs Have More Room to Run

    04-01-2015 01:11 PM by Todd Shriber

    The strong dollar theme was again prominent during the first quarter with the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), the U.S. Dollar Index tracking ETF, and the actively managed WisdomTree Bloomberg U.S. Dollar Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: USDU) gaining an aver...

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  • Explosive Growth for Single-Country ETFs

    03-23-2015 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    With the dollar soaring against an array of developed and emerging markets currencies, it is not surprising that several of this years top asset-gathering exchange traded funds are international funds. Single-country ETFs have been big parts of the growth experienced by intern...

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  • Aggressive Easing Sustains Japan ETFs

    03-17-2015 03:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    A strong dollar and continued central bank stimulus are supporting the rally in Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) rose 13.1% and the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity E...

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  • Currency Hedged, Dividend ETFs Help WisdomTree Top $50B in Assets

    03-12-2015 08:20 AM by Max Chen

    The currency hedged exchange traded fund boom and the ongoing growth of dividend funds are among the catalysts that have propelled WisdomTree (NasdaqGS: WETF) to over $50 billion in ETF assets under management. To be precise, New York-based WisdomTree, the only publicly traded...

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  • Large Investors Keep Supporting Japanese Stocks, ETFs

    03-04-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds continue to advance as cheap valuations attract investors and the state and pension funds boost exposure to the domestic market. The popular Japan hedged-equity ETF plays that capture Japanese market moves while dimini...

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  • Siracusano Highlights Advantages of Currency Hedged ETFs

    02-26-2015 09:00 AM by ETF Trends

    WisdomTree (NasdaqGM: WETF) Chief Investment Officer Luciano Siracusano discusses the advantages of currency hedged exchange traded funds with ETF Trends Publisher Tom Lydon at the ETF.com Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Fla. A lot of advisors, historically, just defaulte...

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  • Japan Financial Sector ETF Outperforming

    02-24-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese equities are hitting new highs, and financial sector stocks and related exchange traded funds are leading the charge. Over the past month, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Financials Fund (NYSEArca: DXJF), which tracks the Japanese financial sector and hedges against a dep...

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  • Capture Overseas Opportunities with These ETFs

    02-23-2015 03:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. money managers have been funneling more assets into overseas markets, hoping to capitalize on cheaper valuations. Retail investors can also diversify away from U.S. stocks with international stock exchange traded funds as well. Krishna Memani, chief investment officer at ...

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  • Japan ETFs: Rising Suns, Attractive Valuations

    02-18-2015 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Although their thunder has been stolen by other developed market currency hedged exchange traded funds, such as the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ) and the DeutscheX-trackers MSCI EAFE Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBEF), Japan ETFs are still offering solid ...

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  • Asset Allocation With WisdomTree ETFs

    01-27-2015 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    WisdomTree (NasdaqGS: WETF), the fifth-largest U.S. provider of exchange traded funds, introduced four ETF model portfolios aimed at investors with varying degrees of objectives and risk tolerance. These four model portfolios are strategic in nature but also reflect our curren...

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  • WisdomTree Adds Four ETFs to Mexico Listings

    01-26-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree (NasdaqGS: WETF), the fifth-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, expanded its already solid footprint in Latin America with the recent announcement that Mexicos pension funds investment regulator, La Comisin Nacional del Sistema de Ahorro para el Retiro (CONSA...

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  • An ETF Stock Right for the Times

    01-22-2015 11:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    As one of the largest issuers of currency hedged exchange traded funds and the only publicly traded pure play ETF issuer, it makes sense that WisdomTree (NasdaqGS: WETF) has recently seen its shares surge. Over the past 90 days, shares of the New York-based ETF issuer are up 4...

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  • Japan ETFs Can Grow Some More

    11-21-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    With some recent help from the Bank of Japan and Japans Government Pension Investment Fund, exchange traded funds with exposure to Japanese stocks have again been getting long looks from investors. Since the start of the fourth quarter, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund ...

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  • Japan ETFs Find Double Support From BOJ, Pension Fund

    10-31-2014 02:13 PM by Max Chen

    Japanese stocks and exchange traded funds reached new highs Friday, hitting a double bingo, as the world's largest pension fund shifts into Japanese equities and the Bank of japan unexpectedly increased monetary stimulus. Japan hedged-equity strategies, which hedge against a d...

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  • Japan ETFs for the Contrarian Investor

    10-29-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As short-sellers in Tokyo become increasingly bearish, the pessimistic outlook may indicate a potential buying opportunity for Japanese stocks and related exchange traded funds. Over the past week, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) has increased 1.1%. Meanwhile, yen-h...

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  • Getting Tactical and Thematic With ETFs

    10-14-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Professional investors often use exchange traded funds to express a tactical view, such as those that are seen with various sector rotation strategies. ETFs have also proven particularly useful for investors looking to exploit isolated themes. Whether it is profiting from soci...

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  • These are the Days for Currency Hedged ETFs

    09-24-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    It cannot be put anymore simply than this: The U.S. dollar is strengthening while a raft of developed market currencies are weakening. With the end of quantitative easing near and some traders overtly pricing in higher U.S. interest rates in the months ahead, the dollar is in ...

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  • Currency Hedged ETFs: Lessons From Japan

    09-15-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Over the past two years, currency hedged exchange traded funds, those ETFs that seek to reduce investors currency risk by pairing short positions in a particular foreign currency against the U.S. dollar while being long equities, have increased in notoriety and number. It is n...

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  • Most Investors Miss Out on Yen Slide, Japan ETF Rally

    09-11-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Since Aug. 7, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) has tumbled 4.5% as the yen has hit a series of six-year lows against the U.S. dollar. So precipitous has FXYs slide been that it was just one of 21 ETFs to hit a new 52-week low on Wednesday. Predictably, a s...

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  • A Quiet Comeback for Yen Hedged ETFs

    09-05-2014 11:17 AM by Todd Shriber

    When it comes to talk of currencies these days, plenty of attention, and rightfully so, is being heaped upon the U.S. dollar and the euro. The PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) is up nearly 4% just this quarter while the euro and euro hedged ETFs took...

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  • Why Japan ETFs Have Been Unable to Breakout

    09-03-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese stocks surged after the implementation of loose and stimulative policies through so-called Abenomics, but now, Japan's markets and country-specific exchange traded funds have been stalling due to a consumer tax hike. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca:...

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  • International Markets Could Lift Shares of WisdomTree

    08-20-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    WisdomTree (NasdaqGS: WETF), the fifth-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds and the only publicly traded pure play ETF sponsor, is pursing growth outside of the U.S. as an avenue for boosting shareholder returns. While the U.S. continues to dominate the ETF business in...

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  • BOJ Cushions the Dips in Japanese Stocks, ETFs

    08-15-2014 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Bank of Japan is supporting Japanese stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds, helping to cushion falls in the market, with speculators pointing to increased purchases in domestic ETFs on the dip. Over the past three months, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: E...

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  • Small Pension Funds' Buying Spree Supports Japan ETFs

    06-27-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Institutional investors in Japan have shifted into riskier equities, supporting the recent rally in broader Japanese markets and stock related exchange traded funds. Over the past three months, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) has gained 10.7%. Meanwhile, yen-hedged ...

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  • Rising Inflation Could Bolster Japan ETFs

    06-19-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese investors could shift from low-yielding bonds to dividend paying stocks as inflation expectations rise, potentially strengthening Japanese equities and related exchange traded funds. "As the signals are becoming increasingly bearish for its bond market, the trigger fo...

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  • A Sector ETF to Bolster Your Japanese Stock Exposure

    06-18-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors can utilize a relatively new Japan telecom, media and tech sector exchange traded fund to fill out their exposure to growth stocks in the strengthening Japanese markets. The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Tech, Media & Telecom Fund (NYSEArca: DXJT) provides exposure to ...

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  • Promise of a Pension Infusion Bolstering Japan ETFs

    06-11-2014 03:44 PM by Max Chen

    Japanese stocks and related country-specific exchange traded funds were shaking off the broad sell-off in the global equities market Wednesday, as Japan's $1.26 trillion public pension fund announced its intent to bolster stock positions. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: ...

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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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  • Japan ETFs Fly on Abenomics' Third-Arrow

    06-05-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With Japanese stocks and related exchange traded funds rebounding over the past couple of weeks, investors will look for Prime Minister Abe's so-called third arrow to support the market's next leg. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) is up 4.5% over the past month. [Ban...

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  • ETFs to Capture International Markets While Hedging Currency Risk

    05-29-2014 04:03 PM by Max Chen

    Global stocks remain important portfolio components, but investors face currency risks. Fortunately, there are a number of hedged-equity exchange traded funds now available that help diminish the negative effects of a weaker foreign currency. On a recent webcast, Currency-Hedg...

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  • Positive Technical Signs for Big Japan ETF

    05-27-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have not been thrilled with Japan exchange traded funds to this point in 2014. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) and the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) have lost an average of 6.6% while DXJ has shed $1.1 billion in assets. ...

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  • Japanese Yen ETF: BOJ Governor Sees No Reason for Strong Currency

    05-25-2014 08:15 AM by Max Chen

    The Japanese yen, along with the related exchange traded fund, is weakening, as the Bank of Japan tells investors that they shouldn't bet on further strength. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) was down 0.2% Friday. FXY dipped 0.2% over the past week, but th...

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  • Japan ETFs Could Strengthen As Institutional Money Pours Into Equities

    05-22-2014 03:26 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japan-related exchange traded funds have been flagging this year, but large institutions are starting to look at riskier equities as the so-called Abenomics fueled policies push Japanese investors to seek out higher returns. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: ...

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  • Japan ETFs Could Cure Summertime Blues

    05-21-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Investors looking to deal with the summer doldrums while remaining long equities might be able to do so with the help of familiar developed market and it is not the U.S. Struggling Japanese stocks and the corresponding exchange traded funds could be cures for the summertime bl...

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  • ETFs to Watch as OECD Cuts Global Forecast

    05-07-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global markets and exchange traded funds have put the worst behind them, but the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that we could see slower growth this year due to unexpectedly sluggish large emerging economies. Policy makers "can now switch from avo...

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  • Sticking with Lagging Japan ETFs

    04-22-2014 04:35 PM by Max Chen

    Japanese stocks and related exchange traded funds have been among the worst performers in developed markets so far this year, but hedge funds remain undaunted. Hedge fund managers are still bullish on Japan, even after the Nikkei 225 stock index dropped 11% this year and the J...

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  • Overweighting Equity ETFs, Foreign and Domestic

    04-08-2014 04:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite an impressive run last year, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds will still be investors' best friend. "We expect stocks to grind higher, if unevenly, and continue to prefer them to the alternatives," BlackRock analysts said in a report. "While stocks a...

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  • Very Valuable Value ETFs

    04-08-2014 01:34 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the repudiation of the momentum trade, value stocks and exchange traded funds are attracting more attention. "It is not surprising that sentiment is shifting away from some of the growth segments of the market," writes Russ Koesterich, Managing Director, BlackRock Global ...

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  • WisdomTrees Yen Hedged Sector ETFs Debut

    04-08-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Looking to capitalize on the success of the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ), WisdomTree (NasdaqGS: WETF), the fifth-largest U.S. ETF sponsor, will introduce five yen hedged Japanese sector ETFs today. The new ETFs include the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Financi...

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  • The First Quarters Worst ETFs

    03-30-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the first quarter almost in the books, the S&P 500 will head into Monday with a gain of barely more than 1%. Given the start to the year for U.S. stocks, that performance could have been worse. Then again, after last years 32.3% gain for the benchmark U.S. index, investo...

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  • Japan ETFs Attract Value Investors

    03-27-2014 01:59 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking Japanese stocks have been among the worst performers this year as a number of internal and external factors weigh on equities in the world's third-largest economy. Now, some are looking at the inexpensive valuations on Japanese stocks. "The sello...

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  • Japan ETF Investors Wait for Further BOJ Guidance

    03-26-2014 01:46 PM by Max Chen

    Japan stocks and related exchange traded funds are milling around as investors wait for the Bank of Japan's decision on monetary policy set for May. The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) has declined 10.6% year-to-date while the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEAr...

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  • Currency Hedged ETFs on the Rise

    03-03-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    As advisors and investors have become increasingly aware of the potentially erosive effects of currency fluctuations on portfolios, currency hedged exchange traded funds have gained appeal. Not only has the population of currency hedged ETFs swelled, but so have assets allocat...

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  • Dont Forget These Currency Hedged ETFs

    02-25-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The world of currency hedged exchange traded funds is growing. At least six such ETFs from two different issuers have debuted just this year. But even with that growth, yen hedged ETFs, namely the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) and the db X-trackers MSCI J...

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  • Currency Hedged ETF Playbook

    02-20-2014 06:30 AM by Max Chen

    As investors become more comfortable with diversifying into overseas assets, some are beginning to take a closer look at currency-hedged equity exchange traded funds as a way to mitigate currency risk in foreign investments. In the simplest terms, a U.S. dollar-denominated ret...

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  • Despite Slow Starts, Japan ETFs Still Raking in Cash

    02-18-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) and the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) were not only two the top-performing developed markets ETFs, the two were among the most prolific asset-gathering ETFs of any type. The db X-trackers MSCI Japan He...

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  • Competition in Currency Hedged ETF Space Heating Up

    02-12-2014 04:03 PM by Max Chen

    Helping investors manage currency risk with overseas exposure, iShares recently launched its own line of currency-hedged equity exchange traded funds to provide an alternative to some of its existing global funds. The iShares hedged-equity ETFs tracks a combination of their re...

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  • iShares Tries Its Hand at Currency Hedged ETFs

    02-04-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    BlackRocks (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the worlds largest ETF sponsor, is finally throwing its hat into the currency hedge ETF ring with the debut of three ETFs Tuesday. The iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: HEWJ), iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Germany ETF (NYSEAr...

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  • Turn to Europe, Japan ETFs for International Diversification

    01-28-2014 03:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    The recent tumult sent equities reeling, providing a glimmer of market conditions ahead. In an environment of persistent volatility, investors should diversify to limit risk in the U.S., with developed international market exchange traded funds. The recent focus on emerging ma...

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  • 2014 Will Be a Year of Moderation for Stocks, ETFs

    01-22-2014 03:20 PM by Max Chen

    The economy is moving along and the markets will continue to strengthen. However, exchange traded fund investors should not expect a repeat of last year as growth moderates. "We expect U.S. and global growth to pick up modestly in 2014 given stronger household balance sheets a...

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  • WisdomTree: Abe declares 2014 Year of Japanese Wage Surprise

    01-21-2014 11:11 AM by Jeremy Schwartz -- WisdomTree

    In 2013, Japanese markets led the global markets and had their best showing since Japans equity bubble burst in 1990. Much of the optimism for Japans stock market stems from prime minister Shinzo Abe, who has embarked on what he refers to as a three-arrow policy to end Japans def...

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  • Japan ETFs: Down, but not Out

    01-17-2014 02:41 PM by Max Chen

    After a phenomenal year, Japanese equities started off 2014 weak, but exchange traded fund investors are still optimistic about the country's economic outlook. The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) is down 1.7% year-to-date. DXJ gained 35.5% over the past yea...

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  • A Slow Start to 2014 for Some Past DM ETF Gems

    01-16-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last year belonged to developed markets, plain and simple, and the bullishness was not confined to the 32.3% gained by the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY). In local currency terms, Japanese stocks were among the developed worlds best performers, helping the WisdomTree Japan H...

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  • Evaluate Global Investments at the ETF Virtual Summit

    01-09-2014 03:53 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. equities market has made an impressive run but it only makes up a portion of the total picture. Investors can branch out into overseas exposure with exchange traded funds as a way to diversify a U.S.-centric portfolio. At the ETF Virtual Summit on January 15, the feat...

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  • This Weeks Most Popular Tickers on ETF Trends

    01-04-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    This certainly was not the start to 2014 eager bulls were looking as the S&P 500 finished the holiday-shortened week to the downside following losses on Thursday and Friday, the first two trading days of 2014. A look at the weeks most searched tickers on ETF Trends is alwa...

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  • Its in the Charts: It Could be a big 2014 for Japan ETFs

    01-03-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors holding Japan exchange traded funds were likely pleased with the performances those funds delivered in 2013. The db X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBJP) and the rival WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) were among the top-performi...

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  • ETFs to Beat Global Deflation

    01-02-2014 06:00 AM by Gary Gordon

    The rich have never been so wealthy. I have never been so wealthy. In fact, a great many Seeking Alpha readers have never been so wealthy. The reason? People with money own price-appreciating, income-producing stocks that continue to register all-time highs; meanwhile, their prop...

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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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  • Global Investing Ideas for 2014

    12-30-2013 12:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    For much of this year, it has been said the U.S. is the cleanest dirty shirt or the best house on the block. Indeed, U.S. equities have impressed, but so have other markets and that list is comprised of more than just Japan. With an eye toward 2014, investors should start eval...

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  • Japanese Yen ETF Weakens on BOJ Policy Bets

    12-26-2013 02:01 PM by Max Chen

    The Japanese yen exchange traded fund continues to weaken, with the currency depreciating to a five-year low against the greenback, as traders speculate on more aggressive Bank of Japan stimulus measures. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) is down 0.5% Thurs...

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  • This Weeks Most Searched Tickers on ETF Trends

    12-21-2013 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    In a week marked by an official tapering announcement from the Federal Reserve and Fridays surprisingly strong third-quarter U.S. GDP report, courtesy of the Commerce Department, some exchange traded funds turned heads. Some for the right reasons and others, well, not so much....

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  • Slumping Yen a Boon for Japan ETFs

    12-19-2013 03:22 PM by Max Chen

    After the Fed's $10 billion tapering announcement, the Japanese yen exchange traded fund pulled back, with the yen currency trading near a five-year low against the U.S. dollar. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) is down 1.5% since the Dec. 17 close. FXY is ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: An ETF Issuer

    12-19-2013 12:05 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Today we are speaking more about an individual listed equity than a particular ETF, but it is a company that is fully vested in the ETF industry itself, WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (WETF). The stock has traded extraordinary volume in the past couple sessions (5-7 million share r...

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  • Some International ETFs Topped the S&P 500 This Year

    12-16-2013 08:45 AM by Todd Shriber

    For a good portion of 2013, analysts, money managers and pundits made it seem as though as U.S. stocks were the only game in town. With few exceptions, Japan being one, global stocks and exchange traded funds spent most of this year not being viewed as credible complements or ...

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  • 10 Best Global ETFs of 2013

    12-13-2013 01:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although emerging markets, and for that matter some developed markets, have struggled in 2013, the year has not been a complete wash for investors that embrace global exchange traded funds. That is assuming the right global ETFs have been embraced. ETFs linked to some of 2012s...

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  • The Rising Popularity of Single-Country ETFs

    12-12-2013 01:36 PM by Todd Shriber

    When it comes to accessing global markets with exchange traded funds, diversified plays are still among many investors first choice. For example, the iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (NYSEArca: EFA) and the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) are two of the four largest ET...

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  • Spending Package Could Stimulate Japan ETFs

    12-06-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese markets and related exchange traded funds could continue to strengthen after the government announced a new multi-trillion yen stimulus package to help lift the economy out of a prolonged period of deflation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration Thursday unveile...

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  • November ETF Flows Ebb, But Still Solid

    12-02-2013 11:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global exchange traded products saw November inflows of $15.8 billion, well below the $32.9 billion seen in October. Speculation that the Federal Reserve could taper its quantitative easing program sooner than some market participants would like to see tempered inflows last month...

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  • After Strong November, Japan ETFs Eye Year-End Rally

    12-01-2013 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Already among the best ex-U.S. developed market performers this year, exchange traded funds that track Japan are coming off some scorching performances in November that could set the high-flying ETFs up for further upside heading into year-end. Last month, the WisdomTree Japan...

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  • Check the Currency Exposure on International ETFs

    11-29-2013 10:30 AM by Gary Gordon

    Nobody may have any interest in shorting the U.S. stock market right now. Yet futures traders are growing increasingly excited about the prospect of shorting certain currencies. In particular, bets that the Japanese yen will fall against the greenback are at their highest levels ...

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  • WisdomTree: Identifying the Best Opportunities on Earnings Yield Basis

    11-29-2013 06:30 AM by Jeremy Schwartz -- WisdomTree

    Historically, one way to view the attractiveness of equities is to compare them to another major asset class: bonds. One model for gauging equity valuationsdubbed the Fed Modelcompares the earnings yield (E/P ratio, or the inverse of the P/E ratio) to a long-term bond yield. T...

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  • Goldman Forecast Bullish for Europe, Japan ETFs

    11-27-2013 11:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    Already among this years best ex-U.S. developed market performers, more upside could be in store for Europe and Japan exchange traded funds next year if new forecasts by Goldman Sachs prove accurate. The bank is overweight on both markets with a 2014 target of 1,450 for Japans...

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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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  • Hedge Fund Action Points to Further Pain for Yen ETF

    11-26-2013 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese yen exchange traded fund traders could see more weakness ahead, with hedge funders betting on rising inflation in Japan and tapering in the U.S. Futures traders pushed net shorts - bets that the yen will fall against the U.S. dollar - to the highest since July 2007, r...

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  • Yen ETF Investors Say 'Sayonara' in Risk-On Environment

    11-25-2013 01:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Iran nuclear deal helped alleviate some uncertainty in financial markets, bolstering risk-on action and pushing down the safe-haven Japanese yen exchange traded fund, with the currency depreciating to a six-month low against the U.S. dollar. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen...

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  • Good News for Japan ETFs: Goldman's Still Bullish

    11-22-2013 12:40 AM by Todd Shriber

    The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ), db X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBJP) and other Japan ETFs do not need any help in calling this a successful year. Next year could bring more of the same if Goldman Sachs, the venerable Wall Street...

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  • Next Year Could be a 2013 Sequel for Japan ETFs

    11-20-2013 01:10 PM by Todd Shriber

    The db X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBJP) is up 34.5% this year while the rival WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) has surged 30%. Asking for anything resembling repeat performances next year may sound greedy, but not impossible. Concern...

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  • 10 Best Global Equity Markets By Single-Country ETFs

    11-15-2013 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    For most of the worlds major equity bourses, 2013 has been a good year. However, few markets can hold a candle to Venezuela. As of Tuesday, Venezuelan stocks were up an astounding 466% in local currency (bolivar) terms. Even when adjusting that number into dollar terms, it was...

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  • Is This The Japan ETF Breakout Everyone Has Been Waiting For?

    11-14-2013 03:46 PM by Todd Shriber

    The U.S. Dollar has jumped above 100 against the Japanese yen for the first time since September and with USD/JPY up 0.81% on Thursday, this could be the start of a technical breakout for a broad swath of Japan ETFs that so many traders and investors have been anticipating. Pr...

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  • WisdomTree: Our Best- and Worst-Performing Funds through Q3 2013

    11-14-2013 11:10 AM by WisdomTree Investments

    There have been a number of big stories impacting WisdomTrees global product lineup in 2013 (through September 30): Japan: Japanese equities1 have rallied significantly, largely as a result of an aggressive monetary policy and a government commitment to stimulating economic g...

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  • Japan ETFs: An Epic Move Could be Near

    11-14-2013 12:03 AM by Tom Lydon

    Saying U.S. stocks have been the only developed markets game in town this year is, well, wrong. In local currency terms, Japanesee stocks have been the best developed market equities and the race has not even been close. Regarding ETFs, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund ...

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  • WisdomTree Could Roll Out Sector Plays on DXJ

    11-13-2013 08:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree (NasdaqGM: WETF), the fifth-largest U.S. ETF sponsor, could further capitalize on the success of the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) by possibly introducing five sector equivalents of the second-largest Japan ETF. According to filings with the Se...

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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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  • 10 ETFs That More Than Doubled in Size

    11-10-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    And by that we mean the following slideshow will contain 10 exchange traded funds that have seen their assets under management tallies double (or more) this year. The law of large numbers might imply that as an ETF grows larger, particularly well into the $500 million in AUM o...

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  • WisdomTree: Enticing Japanese Dividends

    11-06-2013 11:43 AM by Jeremy Schwartz -- WisdomTree

    We wrote recently about the current valuation of Japanese equities, specifically how the current dividend yield looked compared to the current 10-year yield for the Japanese government bond (JGB).The following chart was used to tell that particular story. What Motivates Japane...

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  • WisdomTree South Korea Currency Hedged ETF to Debut Thursday

    11-05-2013 01:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds featuring hedges against foreign currency fluctuations have witnessed impressive growth this, led by the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) and the db X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBJP). WisdomTree (NasdaqGM: WETF),...

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  • WisdomTree: Will Japanese Investors Buy More Equities?

    10-24-2013 11:12 AM by Jeremy Schwartz -- WisdomTree

    As we continue to monitor the potential for the impact of Abenomics, we note the potential intersection of two crucial ideasideas that may be central to the ultimate efficacy of these programs. Bank of Japans (BOJ) 2% inflation target, reversing the overall, entrenched de...

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  • More to Come for Yen Hedged ETFs

    10-23-2013 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The hedged currency exchange traded fund movement continues to gain steam, but investors may not want to get too frustrated with the currency that initially put the spotlight on these ETFs: The yen. After touching a four-and-a-half year low at 103.73 in late May, the yen has g...

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  • Currency-Hedged Equity ETFs for a Stronger Dollar

    09-26-2013 11:42 AM by Tom Lydon

    As overseas governments implement loose monetary policies and the U.S. dollar strengthens, currency-hedged exchange traded funds are becoming a popular, targeted play on international equities. Youre definitely seeing investment advisers become much more aware of the currency ...

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  • Prime Minister Calls Japan a Buy as 'Abenomics' Bolster ETFs

    09-18-2013 04:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    After the major shift in economic policies, Japan country-specific exchange traded funds moved out of an extended rut, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling Japanese equities a buy. Clearly, Japan is now a Buy, Abe said at an investor conference held by Bank of America Merril...

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  • Hedge Funds' Favorite ETFs

    09-16-2013 05:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are a popular investment tool among many types of investors, including financial advisors, average retail traders and even large hedge funds. Hedge funds are required to disclose their holdings on a quarterly 13F filing, and Meena Krishnamsetty for Market...

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  • iShares Heats Up Competition in Currency-Hedged ETF Space

    09-15-2013 01:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    With prospects of higher interest rates and a strengthening U.S. dollar, investors are beginning to use currency-hedged equity exchange traded funds to mitigate currency fluctuations, and now BlackRock's iShares wants in on the space. BlackRock's iShares ETF arm is working on ...

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  • S&P Flags Favorite ETFs

    09-03-2013 02:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    The recent slip in the S&P 500 has investors indecisive about equity markets and exchange traded funds that track them. S&P Capital recently reviewed low beta equity focused ETFs and found 13 that are worthy of Overweight rankings. This group of 13 ETFs includes a dive...

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  • Japan ETFs Jump Back Above Short-Term Trend Line

    08-01-2013 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japan-related exchange traded funds surged Thursday, climbing over their short-term trends, as the U.S. dollar appreciates against the yen currency and Japanese banks generate robust profits. Hedged Japanese-equity ETFs that diminish the effects of a depreciating yen led fund ...

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  • ETF Stats Reveal Market Sentment for Second Half of 2013

    07-05-2013 12:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    The first half of 2013 is behind us and the exchange traded fund industry has managed to maintain growth. The industry gathered about $73 billion over the past six months. A way to approach one's investing strategy is to look at the basic trends that prevailed over the past fe...

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  • Large-Cap Equity ETFs Outperforming in 2013

    07-03-2013 02:26 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. equities started out the first half of 2013 with eye-catching performance, marked by the 13.82% gain in the S&P 500. Exchange traded funds that track large-cap companies have made gains as the broad market index has been on a run-up most of the year. "Among equity ETF...

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  • A Look at Japanese Small-Cap ETFs

    06-17-2013 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Small-cap Japan exchange traded funds are slated to benefit the most from the Japanese economic recovery and a turnaround in the Nikkei. Many of the Japanese small-cap companies are focused on domestic growth rather than export industries. After the rally for the past six mont...

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  • Why Retail Investors Still Like Japan ETFs

    06-14-2013 12:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese equities are moving into bear market territory but investors arent done with Japan exchange traded funds yet. The Nikkei 225 Index fell 6.4% on Thursday, a 24% drop from previous highs. When an index falls 20% or more from its high, it is considered "bear market terri...

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  • Three of the Top-Selling ETFs in 2013

    06-05-2013 08:57 AM by Tom Lydon

    The year is nearing the halfway mark and some of the best-selling ETFs so far in 2013 focus on limiting volatility and interest rate risk. Japanese equities, minus exposure to the yen, have also been a popular trade in ETFs. "Another notable trend was the increased interest in...

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  • Why Japan ETFs Traded at a Discount

    05-28-2013 08:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan investors may have noticed that the Nikkei 225 recovered somewhat Friday, but related exchange traded funds continued to dip lower, bringing prices to a discount against Japanese equities' net asset values. However, this doesn't mean there is something wrong with the ETF...

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  • What Now for Japan ETFs After Sell-Off?

    05-23-2013 06:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Even with the Nikkei 225 plunging over 1,100 points Thursday, analysts remain positive that ongoing "Abenomics" will fuel economic growth, arguing that the temporary setback in Japanese equities and exchange traded funds is a healthy correction. "The decline in the Japanese st...

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  • Some Dividend ETFs Outperforming the S&P 500

    05-21-2013 01:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend investors typically give up on fast growth in favor of steady income. However, some dividend exchange traded funds have been outpacing the broader S&P 500 so far this year. Of the almost 50 dividend-focused ETFs on the market, 18 are outperforming the S&P 500,...

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  • ETF Sponsors and Investors Focus on Alternative Indices

    05-21-2013 10:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund providers have focused in on alternative index weighting methods as existing products have been on a winning streak. Non-market cap-weighted ETFs have accounted for about $31.4 billion assets year-to-date, according to BlackRock data. ETFs are not just abo...

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  • International ETFs: Diversification and Overcoming 'Home Bias'

    05-20-2013 09:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 is up 17% year to date to new all-time highs. But U.S. investors who focus only on domestic stocks are missing out on enhanced performance and diversification over the long term. "We do see investors have a home country bias," Jim Ross, senior managing director...

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  • Yen-Hedged Japan ETFs Soar as Nikkei Tops 15,000

    05-15-2013 08:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan's main stock index rallied more than 2% on Wednesday as the Nikkei 225 climbed above 15,000 for the first time since 2008. After years of languishing in stagnation and deflation, Japanese markets are back to financial crisis levels. With the Bank of Japan sticking to its...

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  • WisdomTree ETF Growth Takes Off

    05-14-2013 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree's (NasdaqGM: WETF) targeted exchange traded fund strategies have helped the firm gather billions of investment dollars so far this year, topping other ETF sponsors and even some large active mutual fund providers. According to Lipper data, WisdomTree has gathered $5...

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  • Japan ETF Rally Still Alive as Yen Weakens

    05-13-2013 04:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Fueled by the Bank of Japan's aggressive monetary policy, Japanese equities and exchange traded funds have made a robust run, but heavy-weight hedge fund manager Dan Loeb believes there is more to support Japan's rally. Speaking at the Skybridge Alternatives, or "SALT," confer...

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  • A Europe ETF to Play the ECB's Loose Monetary Policies

    05-09-2013 01:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    A euro currency-hedged European stock exchange traded fund could begin to outperform if the European Central Bank makes good on hints at cutting interest rates even more. ECB President Mario Draghi stated that policy makers will reduce interest rates further if needed after ra...

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  • WisdomTree: An Equity Play for the Growing ETF Industry

    04-30-2013 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree Investments (NasdaqGM: WETF) is a boutique exchange traded fund provider that has witnessed phenomenal growth as it capitalizes on timely investment strategies. Due to the rising popularity of its strategy-based index ETF styles, the firm has seen net income surge 6...

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  • WisdomTree ETF Assets Grow as Shares Rally 74%

    04-25-2013 08:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree Investments (NasdaqGM: WETF) is on a roll. Its specialized Japan ETF that hedges its currency exposure to the yen is the best-selling fund this year, and the company's shares are up 74% so far this year. The firm is known for its fundamentally-weighted indices that ...

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  • Japanese Yen, ETF Depreciates After G-20 OKs Aggressive Easing

    04-19-2013 03:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the Group of 20 overlooking Japan's aggressive monetary policies amid grumblings of a currency war, the Japanese yen, along with related currency exchange traded fund, continues to depreciate. CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) was down 1.5% in afternoon tr...

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  • U.S. ETFs Attract $53 Billion in First Quarter: Morningstar

    04-12-2013 01:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S.-listed exchange traded funds have tallied another $50 billion growth spurt in the first quarter as broad stock indices strengthened and broke records. In March, investors funneled $16.9 billion into ETFs, lifting first-quarter total asset inflows to $53.1 billion, writes ...

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  • WisdomTree Plans Small-Cap Yen-Hedged ETF

    04-11-2013 06:42 AM by Tom Lydon

    Building on the stunning popularity of the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) as the Bank of Japan continues its aggressive monetary policies, WisdomTree Investments has filed for exemptive relief to add a small-cap version of the exchange traded fund. Accordi...

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  • A Closer Look at Two Japan ETFs that Hedge the Yen

    04-09-2013 08:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the Bank of Japan committed to even more aggressive monetary policies, Japanese equity exchange traded funds that hedge their exposure to a depreciating yen have been on a tear. The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) and db-X MSCI Japan Currency-Hedged Eq...

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  • Breaking Down First-Quarter ETF Flows

    04-04-2013 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Equity exchange traded funds finished in positive territory for the first quarter of 2013. The S&P 500 had a year-to-date return of 10.61% through the end of March. And now more data showing investors risk appetites are whetted. BlackRock reports that investors globally sp...

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  • WisdomTree Shares Rally 70% on ETF Strength

    04-04-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree Investments, upstart exchange traded fund manager, is making a mark in the business. The industry is dominated by the three largest providers by assets under management, but the innovative manager is making a name for itself. Investors have noticed. WisdomTree (Nasd...

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  • ETFs That Benefit From a Rising U.S. Dollar

    03-26-2013 11:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. dollar is regaining strength against major currencies such as the euro, yen and British pound. Various exchange traded funds allow investors to play the latest rise of the greenback. The fact is that the US dollar is the reserve currency of the world and immediate ste...

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  • Japan ETFs Rally on Further Monetary Easing Talk

    03-06-2013 01:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    The weakness in the Japanese yen has given strength to Japanese stocks with more monetary easing expected. Focused exchange traded funds are positioned to run-up as these equities are currently about 40% off highs seen several years back. "We're still about 40 percent below th...

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  • ETFs See Best Two-Month Start Ever

    03-04-2013 03:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite slowing the asset inflows over February, especially in the last weeks on the heels of rising volatility, global equity exchange traded funds recorded their strongest two-month start ever to a new year. Globally, developed market equity exchange traded products, which i...

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  • How Currency Movements Impact International ETFs

    02-15-2013 08:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that focus on foreign countries can affected by currency movements as well as the direction of stock markets. Currency fluctuations against the U.S. dollar are one factor that can have a big impact on the overall investment return. With ETFs, investors ca...

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  • Tom Lydon's Favorite Japan ETF to Play Rally

    02-13-2013 03:00 PM by John Spence

    ETF Trends Editor Tom Lydon appeared on Yahoo Finance Breakout Wednesday to discuss the rising wave of Japanese equities and how investors can access the market with an exchange traded fund that also hedges against currency risks. The Wisdom Tree Japan Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEA...

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  • Currency-Hedged ETF Falls with Japan Stocks, Higher Yen

    02-08-2013 09:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) has been getting a lot of press lately with the ETF's currency-hedged strategy is in the sweet spot as Japanese stocks rally and the yen plumbs multiyear lows. However, DXJ was falling harder than unhedged ETFs on Friday morn...

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  • Where the ETF Inflows Are Going

    02-08-2013 07:55 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds continue to see inflows with a total of $28.6 billion in January. International equity ETFs saw the heaviest inflows, especially emerging markets. "Flows were driven by international-stock ETFs, where diversified emerging-markets funds have been particula...

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  • Japanese Yen ETFs and the Carry Trade

    02-05-2013 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Japanese yen and related currency exchange traded fund are depreciating in value as the government implements aggressive quantitative easing measures. Consequently, more currency traders are implementing carry trades to capitalize on the depreciated yen. For carry trades, ...

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  • Specialized Japan ETF Doubles in Size as Yen Weakens

    01-27-2013 06:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    After Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to pressure the Bank of Japan into an unlimited monetary easing policy, investors are positioning for a weaker yen and higher Japanese stocks. Consequently, one Japan exchange traded has doubled its assets in under a month. The ...

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  • Weaker Yen Gives Japanese Equity ETFs a Chance in 2013

    12-31-2012 08:52 AM by Tom Lydon

    A slide in the value of the yen gives Japanese equity-focused exchange traded funds a chance to rally in the new year, especially those that hedge their exposure to the weakening currency. The prominent investment bank Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) is currently loading up on these sha...

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  • Japan ETF Benefits from Focus on Exporters, Plunging Yen

    12-27-2012 02:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) has been extremely popular in the second half of December with many investors positioning for a rebound in Japan stocks and a weaker yen. The ETF tracks Japan equities but hedges its exposure to the yen so it won't be hurt wh...

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  • International ETFs Minus Currency Risk

    12-06-2012 08:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investing in international exchange traded funds comes with risks for U.S. investors such as the obvious geopolitical factors -- however, many investors can overlook currency risk. To mitigate these currency risks, some ETFs hedge their exposure to foreign currencies. "Currenc...

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  • Japan ETFs, Economy Begin to Rise

    07-17-2012 08:16 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese equities have outpaced those of many international markets in 2012, as the country rebuilds after the tsunami and nuclear disaster. To gain exposure to Japanese equities with some mitigation to risk, the exchange traded fund,iShares MSCI Japan Index (NYSEArca: EWJ)offers...

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  • Japanese ETFs And Currency Hedging

    03-27-2012 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Over the past few years, investors that have taken a chance on the iShares MSCI Japan Index (NYSEArca: EWJ) have been rewarded by the appreciating yen against the U.S. dollar. As the yen has started to weaken, exchange traded funds that hedge foreign currency exposure could be a ...

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  • ETFs That Hedge Their Foreign-Currency Exposure

    07-29-2011 01:00 PM by John Spence

    Some investors in mutual funds and exchange traded funds that target international stocks might not realize their returns can be influenced by how foreign currencies perform against the U.S. dollar. Many ETFs that invest in overseas equities do not hedge their exposure to fore...

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  • Lower-Risk Stock ETFs to Consider

    07-25-2011 02:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors worried about choppy global economic growth and debt turmoil on both sides of Atlantic have been favoring exchange traded funds tracking traditionally defensive sectors such as healthcare, consumer staples and utilities. Standard & Poors equity analyst Tom Graves...

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  • Japan ETF Rises Despite Aftershocks, Nuclear Crisis

    04-13-2011 06:32 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ) rose 1% in U.S. trading Wednesday afternoon, following the Nikkei Stock Average higher despite more earthquakes this week and an upgrade of Japan's nuclear crisis. The operator of Japan's troubled nuclear plant on Wednesday sa...

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  • Taking A Bold Move With Japan ETFs

    03-30-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan's stock market and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have fallen since disaster struck the country. With continued uncertainty in the country regarding the impact of the nuclear reactors, and prices as low as they are now, some are wondering if Japan, the world's third l...

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  • Japan ETFs Experience Record Inflows In Just A Week

    03-25-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    While news of Japan's disasters were hardly cheerful, investor interest on the small island nation skyrocketed in just as short time frame, as more than a billion found its way into Japan related exchange traded funds (ETFs). In the following week after the disaster hit Japan ...

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  • Japanese Yen ETFs Hit a Fork in the Road

    07-13-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Japanese yen exchange traded fund (ETF) has surged this year by close to 5%, putting it at a pivotal point. Either safe-haven seeking by investors could push it further upward or political uncertainty could weigh it down. The news of political uncertainty may put an end to...

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  • How to Hedge Euro Currency Risk With ETFs

    06-01-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When you're investing internationally, you're betting on both equities and the local currency, too. That means Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be taking a bigger hit that you might expect. With ETFs, though, you can hedge that currency risk. The declining European...

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  • European Crisis May Boost Appeal of Japan ETFs

    05-25-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The euro is falling, U.S. stocks are ailing and even the Chinese markets are coming under fire. Where can you go? Investors have taken to safe havens to protect their money, but Japan exchange traded funds (ETFs) might be another option if the country's fundamentals continue to i...

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  • 20 Years After the Bubble: The State of Japan's ETFs

    01-05-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The investment bubble that burst in Japan 20 years ago still resonates deeply with the country's citizens. Has this fear led to an inertia that's having a domino effect in the country's exchange traded funds (ETFs). Although homelessness and suicide are up, Japan still has muc...

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  • Japan ETFs: An Opportunity to Play Stimulus?

    12-08-2009 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japan has stepped up to fix its struggling economy with an $81 billion stimulus package. Will the influx of money be enough to revive exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the country's markets? Japan's economy has been walloped lately: the yen has surged to a 14-year high ...

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