ETF Resumé

EWJTicker Symbol

iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund ETFFund

 

12.09

  • Change -0.06 (-0.5%)
  • Volume 20.25 M

4:00 PM EDT Jul 24, 2014
U.S. Markets are closed

  • Assets $14,170.2M
  • Expense Ratio 0.50%
  • Yield 1.36%
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
  • Vs 200 Day EMA %

Global Equity ETF

iShares MSCI Japan ETF is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The ETF's objective seeks to provide investment results that correspond to the performance of the Japanese market as measured by the MSCI Japan Index. The ETF invests in a representative sample of index stocks using a 'portfolio sampling' technique.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
-0.5% -0.5% 0.2% 1.4% 1.4% 9.8% 4.2% 3.4% 42.2% 35.8%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
24,038,874 -18.7%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 12.09 11.87 1.9% 05-22-2014
200 DAY 12.09 11.57 4.5% 05-23-2014
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
-0.0022 0.704 0.381 0.046
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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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  • 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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  • 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 t...

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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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  • The First Quarter’s 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 year's 32.3% gain for the benchmark U.S. index, invest...

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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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  • 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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  • Japan Stocks, ETFs Worst Among Developed Markets

    02-04-2014 02:45 PM by Max Chen

    After leading the rally among developed markets in 2013, Japanese stocks and related exchange traded funds are some of the worst this year, with the Nikkei leading declines on a 14% drop. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) , which tracks the MSCI Japan Index, has decli...

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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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  • 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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  • It’s 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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  • 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 ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Two Big Asian Markets Near Critical Resistance

    12-05-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Buoyed by Abenomics and the slumping yen, Japan exchange traded funds are among the best developed market performers. Long-slumping China ETFs have caught a bid as the world's second-largest economy has steadied and investors embraced low valuations and newly announced reforms...

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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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  • Goldman Forecast Bullish for Europe, Japan ETFs

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

    Already among this year's 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 Japan...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • BlackRock: 4 Reasons Japanese Stocks can Keep Rising

    11-01-2013 07:00 AM by Russ Koesterich -- BlackRock Chief Investment Strategist

    While U.S. stocks are having a stellar year, Japanese stocks are doing even better. Year-to-date, the Nikkei 225 is up nearly 40%. Even after adjusting for a falling yen, Japanese stocks are up around 23%. I continue to believe that Japan offers more upside potential in th...

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  • BlackRock: 3 International Investment Trends Happening Now

    10-31-2013 10:43 AM by Dodd Kittsley -- iShares

    Does your portfolio suffer from home country bias?  If so, you're not alone.  Despite the fact that almost 80% of global economic output and about two-thirds of the world's equity market capitalization come from countries outside of the United States, the typical U.S. investment ...

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  • Japan ETF Could Have Chart Problems

    10-30-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There is no denying Japan exchange traded funds have, thus far, delivered strong returns relative to other non-U.S. developed market funds this year. It is hard to quibble with the returns offered by an ETF such as the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ), the largest Japan ...

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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 Merr...

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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 d...

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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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  • 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 mon...

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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 aren't 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 terr...

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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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  • Central Banks Pour Assets Into ETFs

    05-26-2013 07:08 AM by Tom Lydon

    Central bankers are planning on continuing to boost equity exposure via exchange traded funds. The Bank of Japan, among many others, plans to double exposure to stock ETFs over the course of the year, as falling bond yields disappoint. Central bankers around the world have bee...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • New Prime Minister Could Turn Around Japanese Markets, ETFs

    12-19-2012 11:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Japan country-specific exchange traded fund has seen significant outflows over 2012, but the new elections centered around calls for greater stimulus measures could help support Japanese equities. The iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ) crossed over its 200-day e...

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  • Japan ETFs Still Trying to Get in Gear

    10-04-2012 08:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares MSCI Japan Index (NYSEArca: EWJ) is on a four-day losing streak that has pushed the ETF below its 50-day moving average. Yet stepping back, the Japan fund is trying to form a rising channel after underperforming for most of the year. Economic Minister of Japan Seij...

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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) offe...

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  • Japan ETFs: Topix Falls to Lowest Level Since Early 1980s

    06-04-2012 03:07 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds indexed to Japan are among the many single-country ETFs in the red this year. Japan's Topix Index on Monday fell to the lowest level since 1983. "The Topix has fallen more than 20% since March 27 amid a deepening debt crisis in Europe and slowing growth i...

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  • Stock ETFs Balance Earnings, European Debt Worries

    04-26-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 and equity ETFs have been stuck in a range since the end of February as investors weigh improving earnings against fresh fears over the Eurozone debt crisis. The International Monetary Fund issued an optimistic outlook on the overall global economy, but global ...

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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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  • Japan ETFs Rise to Start Year

    01-21-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese stocks and exchange traded funds are off to a strong start in 2012 due to improved risk sentiment and hopes the economy is in recovery mode following last year's devastating quake and tsunami. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average rose to one-month highs last week. Japan's ...

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  • Hedge Funds Tap ETFs for Stock, Gold Trades

    11-23-2011 10:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are slowly but surely catching on with more individual investors and advisors, but hedge funds managers have been using ETFs for years to make quick bets on stocks and precious metals. For example, the three largest and newest additions to Louis Bacon's M...

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  • Japan ETF Down 18% This Year

    11-22-2011 08:56 AM by John Spence

    A $5.8 billion exchange traded fund indexed to Japanese stocks is down 18% year to date as the country's economy struggles to get back on its feet following the massive earthquake and tsunami. The iShares MSCI Japan (NYSEArca: EWJ) lost 2% on Monday and traded below $9 a sha...

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  • Can Japan ETF Rebound with Economy?

    11-14-2011 04:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund that tracks Japanese equities has been languishing for the better part of the year after a large earthquake and tsunami crippled the country. Third quarter data, though, reveals that the economy is bouncing back. The $6 billion iShares MSCI Japan (NYSEA...

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  • Bank of Japan Sees Losses on ETF Purchases

    11-01-2011 02:06 PM by John Spence

    The Bank of Japan has lost nearly $300 million on its exchange traded fund purchases that are part of a plan to shore up the stock market, according to a report Tuesday. The BOJ has lost as much as $281.7 million buying ETFs as the Topix Index nears a 27-year low, Bloomberg re...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Asia

    10-18-2011 10:17 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    In recent recaps we have spoken of consistent upside call buying in Asia related equity ETFs including iShares FTSE China 25 (NYSEArca: FXI), iShares MSCI Hong Kong (NYSEArca: EWH), iShares MSCI Japan (NYSEArca: EWJ), iShares MSCI  Malaysia (NYSEArca: EWM) and iShares MSCI Taiwan...

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  • A Look at Recent Trends in ETF Options Trading

    10-13-2011 04:00 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Many of the gaps higher in recent trading sessions have been fueled by short covering as well as buy stops in the S&P 500 Index futures and related derivatives. For example, on Wednesday we saw a large S&P E-Mini futures buy stop order at the 1210 level in the SPX take...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Japan

    10-07-2011 09:39 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    An exchange traded fund issuer that is likely unknown to most managers at this juncture, Precidian Investments, launched a unique fund focused on the Nikkei 225 Index of Japan in July of this year. MAXIS Nikkei 225 Index (NYSEArca: NKY) has been rather popular among ETF portfo...

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  • Global ETFs: IMF Reduces Outlook On World Growth

    09-21-2011 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Could country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) see a slow down along with the economies they track, as the International Monetary Fund cut its projections on global growth? According to the IMF, the world economy will grow 4% this year and the next, down from its previous...

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  • Japan ETFs Not Spared from Eurozone Turmoil

    09-19-2011 02:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Japanese stocks were caught up in Monday's global sell-off as the Eurozone debt crisis continues to bubble over. The iShares MSCI Japan Index (NYSEArca: EWJ) slipped 1.7% amid increased speculation that Greece will default. "Germany and ...

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  • Japan ETF Lower After Moody's Downgrade

    08-24-2011 08:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese stocks and exchange traded funds declined Wednesday and the yen advanced after Japan announced a $100 billion plan to help companies survive as the currency spikes. The government will release foreign-exchange reserves to the Japan Bank for International Cooperation f...

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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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  • Japanese Yen ETFs Back Near Record High

    08-15-2011 08:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds indexed to the movement of the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar have rallied back near all-time highs despite currency interventions by Japan's central bank. Yet Japan's economy may not be as burdened by the yen appreciation as previously believed. ...

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  • Japanese Yen ETF Creeping Higher After Intervention

    08-05-2011 07:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    The yen was moving higher against the dollar Friday morning following the previous day's big drop after Japan's central bank intervened in currency markets to force the yen lower. During trading inAsian markets on Wednesday, the U.S. dollar quickly spiked against the yen after...

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  • Japan ETFs Claw Back Toward Pre-Quake High as Yen Rises

    07-26-2011 11:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Japanese stocks have been rising the past few weeks in a bid to regain the February high before the earthquake and tsunami rocked the country. Japan equity ETFs have been strengthening along with the currency, the yen. For example, Currency...

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  • A Technical Look at Japan ETFs

    07-01-2011 09:39 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that follow Japanese stocks and the movement of the yen have seen assets move in the door after the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami. The most popular single-country ETF this year is iShares MSCI Japan (NYSEArca: EWJ), while WisdomTree Japan T...

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  • ETF Spotlight: iShares MSCI Japan (EWJ)

    07-01-2011 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $7 billion. Objective: Tries to reflect the performance of the MSCI Japan Index. Holdings: Top holdings include: Toyota Motor (NYSE: TM) 5.03%, Honda Motor (NYSE: HMC) 2.72...

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  • Japan ETF: Economy May Not Turn Around Until Q3

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

    It is not much of a surprise that Japanese exports have taken a hit after a series of disasters, but the country-specific exchange traded fund (ETF) could begin a turnaround as the manufacturing sector mends its production capabilities. The iShares Japan MSCI Index Fund (NYSEA...

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  • Japan ETF Rises Nearly 3% on Earnings, Fed

    04-28-2011 06:10 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Japan MSCI Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ) rallied nearly 3% Thursday as Japanese stocks rallied after the Federal Reserve said it would stand pat on interest rates. Tokyo stocks climbed Thursday to their highest level since last month's quake as earnings helped lift eq...

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  • Japan ETF in Focus After S&P Downgrade

    04-27-2011 04:12 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in Japanese stocks could see action Wednesday following Standard & Poor's downgrade of is outlook on Japan's sovereign credit rating. "Standard & Poor's expects costs related to the March 11, 2011, earthquake, tsunami, and nucle...

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  • Japan ETF Lower as Toyota, Ford Feel Quake’s Impact

    04-25-2011 11:41 AM by John Spence

    The iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ) was down fractionally Monday after Toyota (NYSE: TM) said its car production fell in March due to the earthquake and tsunami, while Ford (NYSE: F) said it will suspend work at three plants in a move related to the quake. Toyota...

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  • Japan ETF Higher After Exports Data

    04-20-2011 10:41 AM by John Spence

    The iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ) was up more than 1% in U.S. trading Wednesday after Japan said exports fell in March as natural and nuclear disasters slowed the economy. Exports fell 2.2% in March from a year ago, the first decline in over a year. "It will...

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  • Japan ETF Poised for Slight Rise Amid Calls for PM Resignation

    04-14-2011 04:01 AM by John Spence

    A U.S.-listed exchange traded fund (ETF) for Japanese equities was set to follow the Nikkei Stock Average slightly higher Thursday as the country's prime minister was under pressure to resign for his leadership during Japan's nuclear disaster. The iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund...

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  • Japan ETF Steady as Crisis Raised to Chernobyl Level

    04-12-2011 03:37 AM by John Spence

    U.S.-listed exchange traded funds (ETFs) investing in Japanese stocks were on tap to open flat Tuesday after the country upgraded its nuclear crisis to the same level as Chernobyl in 1986. The $7.2 billion iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ) lost nearly 1% on Monday ...

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  • Aftershock May Rattle Japan ETF

    04-11-2011 04:04 AM by John Spence

    Investors will be watching U.S.-listed exchange traded funds (ETFs) for Japanese stocks after an aftershock hit the Asian country Monday near Tokyo. Another earthquake shook Japan that was measured at magnitude 6.6 and triggered tsunami alerts, according to media reports. C...

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  • Japan ETF Rebounds 2%

    04-08-2011 07:04 AM by John Spence

    The $7 billion iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ) rallied more than 2% in early U.S. trading Friday after the Nikkei Stock Average closed higher in Japan. The Japan exchange traded fund (ETF) rose one day after an aftershock shook the country. Japan's economy is in ...

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  • Japan ETF Back In Single Digits Following Aftershock

    04-07-2011 08:54 AM by John Spence

    The Nikkei Stock Average opened lower in early local trading Friday following an aftershock in Japan that reportedly measured at magnitude 7.4 and triggered tsunami warnings that were later lifted. No damage from the quake was reported at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant, Reu...

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  • Japan ETF Drops After Quake Reports

    04-07-2011 07:51 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) that invests in Japanese stocks was down more than 1% Thursday on reports of another earthquake in the hard-hit country. The $7 billion iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ) was lower by 1.3% at last check. The Japan ETF closed Wednesday w...

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  • Gold ETF Saw $3 Billion Outflow In First Quarter

    04-06-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Precious-metals prices are surging, but investors pulled about $3 billion from the largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF) in the first quarter, research shows. Overall, flows into ETFs were steady in the first quarter despite the ups and downs of market sentiment. For the ...

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  • Japan ETF Back Under Pressure With 2% Decline

    04-05-2011 07:28 AM by John Spence

    The $7.3 billion iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWJ) was down 2% in early U.S. trading Tuesday with the exchange traded fund (ETF) slipping again amid the latest headlines on Japan's nuclear disaster. Japan needs to release tons of contaminated water into the ocean f...

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  • Weak Yen Helps Boost Japan ETFs

    03-30-2011 04:50 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) investing in Japanese stocks were set for a higher open in the U.S. Wednesday after the Nikkei stock average jumped 2.6% in local trading. A weaker yen helped boost Japanese equities. Some bargain-hunting investors have been using iShares MSCI Japa...

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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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  • 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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  • Markets and ETFs Pause After Rally

    03-22-2011 08:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the markets are taking a breather this morning after a three-day rally.  Markets are relatively flat in early trading. Oil prices were lower after the Japanese government approved the release of 22 days' worth of oil reserves to assist areas ...

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  • What's Your ETF Strategy For Volatile Markets?

    03-16-2011 01:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the recent volatility in the market, what is an exchange traded fund (ETF) investor to do?  Oil prices go up, then down, then up again.  Same with other sectors and asset classes.  You are concerned about what's happening in Japan and the Middle East and your emotions tell y...

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  • ETFs Respond To Disappointing Economic Data

    03-16-2011 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) headed lower Wednesday following disappointing U.S. economic news and worries about the nuclear crisis in Japan. Housing starts posted their biggest decline in 27 years in February, while building permits dropped to their lowest level on record, s...

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  • Japan ETFs: Looking Forward To A Better Future

    03-16-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It almost seems insensitive to discuss investment opportunities in Japan while damage is still being assessed, lives are still unaccounted for and the nuclear situation is uncertain. Investing in Japanese-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) provide added stability and a vote of ...

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  • ETFs Respond To Uncertainty In Japan

    03-14-2011 08:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) dropped Monday as investors continued to assess the financial impact of Friday's devastating earthquake in Japan. The Tokyo stock market plunged Monday, its first business day after an earthquake and tsunami of epic proportions laid wa...

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  • Japan: Restructuring with ETFs

    03-12-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It almost seems insensitive to be discussing investment opportunities in Japan while damage is still being assessed and lives are still unaccounted for. The Japanese are a resilient people and accustomed to bouncing back following difficult times. The prospect of re-building is g...

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  • ETFs Mixed with Japan Quake and Economic Data

    03-11-2011 08:53 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) wavered in morning trading after a massive earthquake hit Japan.  Many are predicting the impact will be minimal on the global economy. Japanese stocks fell sharply in late trading on Friday after a powerful earthquake rocked the country's northe...

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  • Asia ETFs: Rising Pressure On Global Markets

    03-10-2011 12:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    Asian markets took a hit, sending one major Index to a two-week low, as rising tensions in the Middle East dampened the global economic outlook. Will Asia exchange traded funds (ETFs) reflect the less optimistic outlook? The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 1.4% as escalating viol...

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  • Rising Oil Prices Leave ETFs Mixed

    03-07-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) showed modest gains at the open, but rising oil prices quickly turned the markets south. Crude-oil futures climbed toward $107 a barrel as fighting in Libya raged on, adding to concern that popular unrest will spread to other oil-producing states ...

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  • Japan ETF: Don't Count It Out

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

    Global investors are beginning to look at Japan's stock market again, after two sleepy decades and a near collapse. Japan may not be on the minds of many invesotrs, but the exchange traded fund (ETF) iShares MSCI Japan (NYSEArca: EWJ) may find itself back the spotlight once again...

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  • White House Budget Questions Stall ETFs

    02-14-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are mixed in early trading as investors await the White House's budget details and express concern about inflation fears in Europe. The Obama administration's budget proposal for fiscal 2012 carries a price tag of $3.7 trillion, down from the $3.8...

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  • Japan ETFs: Can They Flourish Despite Downgrade?

    02-07-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent downgrade of Japan by the S&P was not expected, as analysts were focusing on the fact that Japanese government bond yields have been relatively stable, the yen fairly strong, and the government's readiness to address its debt load. Related exchange traded funds (ET...

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  • GDP Data Comes In Strong, But ETFs Left Wanting

    01-28-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned south this morning, despite the government reporting a jump in consumer spending and exports that had the economy growing 3.2% in the final quarter of 2010. The U.S. economy gathered speed in the fourth quarter with a big gain in consumer s...

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  • Japan ETFs: Call It a Comeback

    01-02-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After running in place for much of this year, Japan's exchange traded funds (ETFs) look like they're mounting a comeback. But will it stick? The Nikkei is heading into 2011 on a bullish note, and some analysts expect the benchmark index to rise about 20% next year. A recent...

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  • Japan's ETFs And Sentiment Rises

    12-27-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan's exchange traded fund (ETF) appears to have reversed the downtrend it's been on of late, but other Asian economies may still be more appealing. iShares MSCI Japan (NYSEArca: EWJ) is up 4.8% in the last month, a decent turnaround for a country often seen as one of the mo...

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  • Japan ETFs: Don't Call a Turnaround Just Yet

    11-27-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan's economy is seeing better days, thanks to consumer spending levels that have helped mitigate a strong yen and weak exports, buoying its related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Real gross domestic product expanded at an annualized rate of 3.9% over the the third quarter, a...

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  • ETFs Flat As Jobs Report Digested

    11-05-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being boosted this morning after the government reported that the economy added more jobs in October than most analysts anticipated. The U.S. Labor Department said nonfarm payrolls increased by 151,000 last month, which is twice the number expe...

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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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  • Japan ETFs Weighed By Deflation's Effects

    10-19-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Deflation has enervated the Japanese economy, and there is still no real sign of a quick fix for Japan's economic woes. Exacerbating the situation, a stronger yen has kept the economy and its exchange traded fund (ETFs) from gaining as much ground as other Asian markets have. ...

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  • Europe ETFs Lead Markets Higher

    10-05-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Strong economic data from Europe helped push Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the broader U.S. markets higher this morning. ETFs that track economies in Europe have moved to the front of the pack this morning, led by iShares MSCI Spain (NYSEArca: EWP) and iShares MSCI I...

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  • Strong Japanese Yen ETF Puts Country in a Quandary

    08-24-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japan is caught in a deflationary spiral that has left its government scratching its head in search of a solution and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the doldrums. The rejuvenated Japanese yen isn't helping things, either. The Japanese economy only expanded 0.1% in the sec...

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  • World ETFs Fall After U.S. Sneezes

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

    By all appearances in early trading, it looks like it's shaping up to be a negative week for stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Overnight, world markets fell on worries about the U.S. economic recovery. According to the ETF Analyzer, the top-moving funds this morning are...

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  • Treasury ETFs Lifted As Homebuilders Stay Gloomy

    08-16-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    According to the ETF Dashboard, Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) are gaining this morning on yet more discouraging news from the struggling real estate sector. The top-moving fund early this morning is the PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: ZROZ...

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  • China ETFs: Plays for the World's No. 2 Economy

    08-03-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    What analysts have long predicted has finally happened: China moved up another notch to become the world's No. 2 economy, overtaking Japan. There are nearly two dozen exchange traded funds (ETFs) to play this development. Three-plus decades of growth has moved China is the num...

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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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  • Japan ETFs: Why Some Expect Greatness

    07-12-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After wallowing in the doldrums for the better part of two decades, Japan's stock market is finally attracting foreign money. One analyst thinks this might be the beginning of a huge bull run for Japanese exchange traded funds (ETFs). Alexander Green of Investment U reports th...

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  • Asia ETFs: Developed or Emerging, You Have Options

    06-24-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have made it easier for the regular investor to gain access to China and other Asian emerging markets. Still, emerging economies aren't for the conservatives at heart since they come with greater risk and higher volatility. The iShares FTSE/Xinhua ...

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  • Jobs Data Disappoints, Sending ETFs Lower

    06-04-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The unemployment numbers out today had been widely anticipated to be positive, but they didn't exactly deliver. That sent stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) down swiftly in early trading. The headline number for payrolls released early Friday was disappointing due to slo...

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  • Pending Home Sales Give ETFs an Early Boost

    06-02-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) showed a modest rise at the market's open on the back of an encouraging pending home sales report, largely fueled by tax credits that expired at the end of April. Government tax credits designed to fuel home buying did the trick in April, sending p...

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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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  • Markets, ETFs Sluggish as Jobless Claims Miss Expectations

    05-13-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Initial jobless claims decreased by 4,000 to 444,000 in the report released Thursday, nearly 4,000 less than expected. While claims improved over the four-week average with sizable payroll growth, the lack of any significant improvement will limit confidence and expectations for...

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  • Euro Concerns Continue to Fuel Market, ETF Volatility

    05-11-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The widespread euphoria over Europe's massive $1 trillion bailout package appears to be wearing off. Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) went south at the market open before climbing back to par a little while later. One day after the biggest gains in more than a year, vo...

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  • Currency ETFs: Can They Tell You About an Economy?

    04-15-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some major currencies are low, low, low now. Case in point: the Chinese yuan. It certainly helped boost exports, but if the yuan strengthens, it doesn't necessarily follow that China's exchange traded funds (ETFs) will take a hit. This holds true for all currencies, really. G...

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  • ETFs Get Mixed Up After Downbeat Jobs Report

    03-31-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The good news this morning wasn't enough to outweigh the bad. Despite improving factory orders and demand for home loans, exchange traded funds (ETFs) couldn't surmount a jobs report that left people wanting more. Two big thorns in the economy's side are consumer spending, or...

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  • ETFs Dragged Down as New Home Sales Fall to Record Low

    03-24-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    At least durable goods are up, but it's not much comfort on the heels of news that new home sales unexpectedly sank in February. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are taking a spill in kind. For the fourth consecutive month, sales of brand-new homes dropped a surprising 2.2% to a ...

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  • The Top 10 ETFs Investors Are Trading

    03-17-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's often been said that the top 10 exchange traded funds (ETFs) make up more than 50% of all ETF trading volume. Here are the 10 most actively traded long-only ETFs trading right now. SDPR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY). SPY is one of the go-to ETFs for exposure to the broader...

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  • Global Markets and ETFs Turn Positive

    03-02-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's all about global markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) today. The deficit crisis in Greece may finally have found some resolution, if rumors of a deal prove to be true. Australia hiked rates in a vote of confidence for its economy and the jobs picture brightened in Japan....

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  • Consumer Confidence Numbers Take Wind Out of ETFs

    02-23-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) rose slightly after Case-Shiller announced that home prices rose for the seventh consecutive month in January, by 0.3%, but quickly retreated after consumer confidence dipped to lows not seen since last April.The index of 20 major metropoli...

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  • In Turbulent Times, 3 ETFs for the Bears

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

    China is curbing lending, President Barack Obama is going after the Wall Street giants and Greece's sovereign debt has a lot of people feeling concerned. Using exchange traded funds (ETFs), you can find a few areas that may prevail despite the bears. Inverse ETFs can help hedg...

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  • 3 Things Japan ETF Needs Now to Grow Later

    02-12-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan's Nikkei 225 index declined to a 27-year low last year, and it's still 70% off its highs, which haven't been seen in nearly a generation. That presents an opportunity for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors. Years after a collapsed real estate bubble, an ailing banking ...

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  • Asia's ETFs: Staying Resilient as West Still Struggles

    02-11-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Asia's economies have remained more hardy than most as they've faced down a variety of economic challenges and kept debt low. Related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may offer this stability to your portfolio as well. Western economies are still borrowing money and some (think G...

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  • Greece May Get a Break, Lifting Markets and ETFs

    02-09-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Toyota (NYSE: TM) is taking major steps to fix glitches in their vehicles by adding more cars to its global recall while Europe is looking at ways to stave off a Greece-related crisis. As a result, the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) today seem to be getting a break. ...

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  • Pending Home Sales Give ETFs a Lift

    02-02-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) welcomed news of improved pending home sales with wide open arms. Some positive earnings reports helped add to the early gains. Pending home sales rose in December, possibly giving a clue that the Spring buying season will be more ...

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  • MSCI Rides the Wave of Global ETF Investing

    01-26-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, international stock markets were all the rage, sparking billions of dollars of inflows into exchange traded funds (ETFs). One big index provider managed to nab about 70% of that money, leading to an even bigger jump in its share price. Inflows into U.S.-listed ETFs...

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  • Rising Consumer Confidence Lifts ETFs

    01-26-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The news is mixed, as positive consumer sentiment is undermined by a slipping housing market and unsatisfactory J&J earnings. Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have managed to inch up despite the see-saw. The housing market recovery is still in question. Home price...

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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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  • 12 ETFs to Play the 10 Economic Surprises of 2010

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

    It's a brand-new year, which means a host of brand-new, hot-off-the-presses economic predictions. Byron Wien, who seemed awfully prescient with his 2009 predictions, is out with another 10 for the coming year. Byron Wien, chief investment strategist at Pequot Capital Manageme...

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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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  • Japan ETFs: The New War They're Waging

    11-23-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japan's economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have a new battle to fight: deflation. In fact, for the first time since 2006, the country's Cabinet Office acknowledged that it was contending with the dreaded D-word. Consumer prices and deflationary pressures have been facin...

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  • 3 Signs Japan's Economy and ETFs Could Grow

    11-06-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japan was an economy that was hit particularly hard by the recession, thanks to a tradition of frugality. But prices, production and consumption have stabilized, and the economy and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be showing small improvements. According to the Bank ...

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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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  • How Japan's New Party Could Benefit Small-Cap ETFs

    10-06-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Japanese economy, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), are heavily dependent on the health foreign economies. A new dominant political party, however, plans to look inward to accomplish the country's economic goals. The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) plans to ...

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  • ETFs That Could Be Affected By Japan's New Party

    09-01-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Out with the old and in with the new. Japan's new leading party is promising rapid and effective changes that could bring its economy and related exchange traded fund (ETF) out of the recession. The defeat of Japan's long-standing conservative party, the Liberal Democratic Par...

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  • Midday Morning Update: Markets Fall Despite Technology Boost

    08-28-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) fluctuated this morning even as the technology sector got a boost from some industry leaders. Consumer confidence, however, remains weak. The Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers reported that its final index of confidenc...

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  • What China's Demand Means to Its ETF Neighbors

    08-26-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan's economic position is getting help from neighboring China, which is driving up demand, and affecting related exchange traded funds (ETFs) and shares.  The demand from China's dynamic growth has helped Japan pull out of the deepest-post war slump in history, according t...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Dip On Consumer Concerns

    08-17-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) plunged this morning as investors remain worried that consumers are still to anxious about the economy to start shopping again. A couple of signs of concern: The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) jumped more than 15%.  This index is ...

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  • China's Growth Has an ETF Ripple Effect

    08-10-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The resumption of economic activity in China appears to be having a galvanizing effect on oil prices, oil-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) and oil futures. China's growth is having a ripple effect in other areas, as well. U.S. economic activity has been slow to recover, b...

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  • Why Worst May Be Over for Japan's ETFs

    07-27-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japan is well-acquainted with the effects of deflation and the recent financial crisis has left the country quite shaken. But it isn't just the Japanese economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) that are left sweating. First, the better news: The Japanese government claims th...

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  • Why ETF Investors Should Watch Japan

    07-02-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan is a staple country on investor's radar, and the related exchange traded fund (ETF) makes the access to Japan hard to ignore. So, are there reasons to add Japan to your portfolio? Jeff Saut for Minyanville has a case that supports the argument that Japan's descent may ...

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  • Honda, Toyota and Japan's ETF: Will the Changes Matter?

    06-30-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Like most automobile companies these days, Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) is coming up with its own plan to return to profitability and boost exchange traded funds (ETFs) that count the company as a component. Toyota is expecting another year of big losses, but it's aiming to be bac...

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  • Midday Market Update: Savings Rate Hinders Wall Street

    06-26-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in negative territory this morning on discouraging consumer spending news and a rising savings rate that could delay a recovery. The Commerce Department reported that personal spending, incomes and savings all rose in May. This i...

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  • Why Japan Is Leading the Small-Cap ETF Rally

    06-17-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The outlook for Japan's economy is not as doom and gloom as once anticipated, with an upgrade to exports and industrial production giving hope to the overall economic picture. Related stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are on the move in response to the news. The Japanes...

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  • Why Japan ETF Needs a Reversal of Fortune

    05-25-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    New numbers released this week are proving that Japan is in an economic slump that is dark, with little hope for a positive GDP that will help lead investments such as exchange traded funds (ETFs) out from below.As of May 20, there is new data showing that Japan's economy has be...

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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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  • Can Japan's ETF Fight Recessionary Forces?

    05-04-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The month of March was not kind to the second-largest economy in the world, as jobless rates and household spending are sure to take a toll on markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). During the month of March, the jobless rate in Japan jumped to the highest level in four ye...

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  • What Japan ETF Needs to Prevail

    04-27-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dismal reports may leave Japan's economy and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) feeling a distressing sense of déjà vu. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that Japan's economy will contract 6.2%, reports Takashi Nakamichi for The Wall Street Journal. This worsen...

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  • Will Japan and ETF Lose Two Decades?

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

    Recent economic reports in Japan are signaling that the lost decade they just went through may be turning into two lost decades, and the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be sensitive to that. Japan's economy stagnated in the 1990s after its stock market and prop...

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  • What Japan Is Doing to Prod ETFs and Economy

    04-03-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As global demand for goods continues to stagnate, Japan's economy and related exchange traded fund (ETF) may be quickly deteriorating, but the government won't just sit back and do nothing. Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso has announced another stimulus package, worth an expec...

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  • How Japan and ETF Can Rise Above Falling Trade

    03-15-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Lower demand for goods have put a strain on many countries, and decline in trading has Japan's economy, along with its subsequent exchange traded fund (ETF), close to what may look like its worst postwar recession. In January, Japan posted a current account deficit of $1.8 bil...

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  • What the Weaker Yen Means for Japan's ETFs

    02-26-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In 2008's flight-to-safety, many exchange traded fund (ETF) investors went to U.S. treasuries, the U.S. dollar and the Japanese yen. So far in 2009, the U.S. dollar (to the surprise of many) and gold have reigned supreme, with investors flocking to them as safe havens during t...

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  • How Japan's Consumers Can Help ETFs

    02-25-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

     Although we must acclimate to economic conditions to survive, we must be mindful of the devastating effect frugality may have on a nation's overall economy and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track these nations.  Take a look at Japan. As we are in a recession so severe t...

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  • 100 Billion Reasons to Look at Japan, Emerging Market ETFs

    02-12-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japan might be helping to bail out the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to aid emerging markets, which makes one wonder if the country's exchange traded funds (ETFs) will soon be ripe for some investment themselves. Billions In Aid. The International Monetary Fund (IM...

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  • Midday Market Update: ETFs Await Stimulus Action

    02-09-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    All eyes are on Washington this week as investors, Wall Street and exchange traded funds (ETFs) eagerly await a stimulus package. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will also speak at some point to outline the $700 billion financial bailout overhaul. Geithner's address will be p...

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  • How Japan's ETF Could Emerge Stronger

    02-06-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japan's consumer electronics industry and related exchange traded fund (ETF) have been battered by recent events, but prudent business practices and a strong name brand could help mitigate the blows. Sony Corp. (SNE) Chief Executive Howard Stringer is using the recent dismal p...

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  • What Has The Global Slowdown Done To Japan, ETF?

    02-05-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dismal economic reports are pouring out of Japan and the country is fearful about the possibility of a prolonged stagnation of the economy and subsequent exchange traded funds (ETFs). Recently, Japan's government announced unemployment grew from 3.9 to 4.4 percent, a surprise ...

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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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  • 2 Reasons Japan ETF Is Having a Good Week

    01-28-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    You are viewing an older ETF Trends article from 2009. You may be interested in reading our more current articles on Asia and Global ETFs. Japan has taken steps toward aiding small and mid-size companies in their country, as lowered demand has made it harder for the bu...

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  • ETFs That Are Diamonds In the Rough

    01-15-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Certain exchange traded funds (ETFs) mangled in hard times right now could just turn out to be diamonds in the rough. What are they? As the market continues to flounder, the meticulous and perceptive investor may have noticed that there are bargains to be had on broader based ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Trade Deficit Has ETFs Bracing for Worse

    01-13-2009 10:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    November was an indicative month, as the trade deficit dropped out to its lowest level in five years as the global recession caused demand for oil to become scarce, sending markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) lower. A larger than expected decrease in the trade deficit nar...

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  • What's the Outlook for Foreign Automakers and Their ETFs?

    12-24-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Foreign-owned car companies domiciled in the United States have hit a wall, but with ample credit and deep pockets, they are not facing bankruptcy; rather they are riding out the storm in stride and perhaps helping their respective country's exchange traded funds (ETFs). The T...

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  • Toyota Posts First Yearly Loss In 70 Years; Japan ETFs Suffer

    12-22-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It isn't just the Big Three: bad news about Toyota is weighing down Japan's exchange traded fund (ETF) this morning, along with the broader market. It's just more evidence of the widespread effects the global downturn is having. It's the first loss for the Japanese automaker ...

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  • 2 Ways to Play Yen's Movements with ETFs

    12-22-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese authorities signaled that they may intervene in the currency markets to soften and limit the yen's appreciation. What effect will this have on Japanese markets and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track these markets? The yen just recently lost ground on the e...

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  • 2 Sectors, ETFs Could Win In Sanyo, Panasonic Merger

    12-19-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Panasonic Corp. has offered to acquire Sanyo for $9 billion, a move that could charge Japan's exchange traded fund (ETF), among others, and make the company a leader in the rechargeable battery market. The offer, however, is for less than market price and is being considered ...

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  • Does First In, First Out Recession Sentiment Benefit U.S. ETFs?

    12-17-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The idea that the United States markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) will come out of the recession first to see all the gains it entails but the benefits may not be favorable. Many analysts believe the U.S. markets will witness investment gains from a "first-in-first-out"...

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  • How Japan is Working to Shore Up ETF, Economy

    12-16-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Japanese government is getting active in their rescue plan to help salvage markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Their new stimulus plan is aimed at a $255 billion injection to get their economy up and running again. This second package is being implemented after a pre...

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  • What a Japan Slowdown Means for the World and ETFs

    12-10-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Japanese manufacturers are slumping, and the sentiment could spread further into markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) if there is no resolution. The lowest sentiment in 34 years plagues Japan's manufacturing sector, as the global slowdown has cause demand to disappear, re...

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  • Signs Economy Isn't Fixed Yet

    12-09-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A sliver of a ray of hope may be shining through the blur of the housing market, but not enough to reverse the trend seen in related shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the moment. We're not out of the woods yet. The National Association of Realtors reported an dip in ...

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  • Asia's ETFs May Shine Again, Sooner Than Thought

    11-23-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The economic and financial downturn in the developed world has taken its toll on Asian emerging markets and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them. The latest figures suggest that Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong are in a recession, China's economy is growing at a much...

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  • Land Of The Rising Sun, ETF, Stall

    11-17-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan is experiencing a recession for the first time in seven years, and there is little hope for a soft landing as the global boom has triggered the pullback, with shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) down. As of Monday, data displayed Japan's economy contracted at an annu...

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  • ETF Bulls, Bears Have Different Takes On Events

    10-29-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Whether you're an exchange traded fund (ETF) investor who's bearish on the market or bullish on it, no doubt you're finding your own way to interpret the recent market activity and what it all means. But Gary Gordon for ETF Expert says that bulls and bears alike might find som...

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  • Europe, Asia ETFs Gain Following U.S. Plan

    09-22-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While the United States and exchange traded funds (ETFs) here don't appear to be too enthusiastic about plans for a bailout, it's a different story in Europe and Asia. Stocks on both continents rose by varying degrees on the news, says Louise Watt for the Associated Press. The...

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  • Japan and ETFs May Soon Be Free of Bear's Claws

    08-11-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan's economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs) may have been dormant as of late, but analysts say the sun is no where near setting for the economy in the next year. In fact, some analysts say that investors should gear up for some big returns into 2009, as interest rates hav...

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  • Recession Could Loom for Japan, Affecting ETFs

    07-28-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Japan's slowing exports could have an impact on the country's exchange traded funds (ETFs). For the first time in four years, Japan's exports fell year on year. The economy in Japan is dependent upon domestic consumption to sustain growth, and with exports down, a recession ma...

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  • Toyota Puts Pedal to the Metal on Prius and Possibly Japan ETFs

    07-11-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's a sign of the times: Toyota is ceasing production of gas-guzzlers and ramping it up for the in-demand hybrids, which could help exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold shares of the automaker. Auto sales in the United States have lagged on record gas prices, and consumers ...

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Number of Holdings: 307

Consumer Discretionary 19%
Industrials 18.1%
Financials 18.1%
Technology 10.1%
Unknown 8.5%
Consumer Staples 6.5%
Health Care 5.9%
Telecommunications 5.7%
Materials 4.7%
Utilities 2.3%
Energy 1.1%
Automobile OEM 11.1%
Unknown 8.5%
Banks 8.5%
Telecom Carriers 5.7%
Large Pharmaceuticals 3.9%
Consumer Electronics 3.5%
Passenger Transportation 3.1%
Auto Parts 3.1%
Electrical Components 2.3%
Utility Networks 2.1%
Printing & Imaging 2.1%
Basic & Diversified Chemicals 2%
Factory Automation Equip Mfg 1.9%
Exploration & Production 1.7%
Property & Casualty 1.6%
Tobacco 1.4%
Refining & Marketing 1.4%
Institutional Brokerage 1.4%
Electronics Components 1.3%
Household Products Mfg 1.3%
Steel Producers 1.3%
Food Retailers 1.2%
Multi Asset Class RE Own&Dev 1.1%
Food Manufacturing 1.1%
Office Owners & Developers 1.1%
Measurement Instruments 1%
Food Product Wholesalers 1%
Japan 91.4%
Unknown 8.6%
Large-cap 91.4%
Unknown 8.6%

Number of Holdings: 307

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Ticker

Name

Sector

Market Cap

Country

5.9% Toyota Motor Corp Consumer Discretionary 20443043000000 Japan
2.6% SoftBank Corp Communications 8980939530000 Japan
2.7% Mitsubishi UFJ Finan... Financials 8484735220000 Japan
2.0% Honda Motor Co Ltd Consumer Discretionary 6367170930000 Japan
1.8% Sumitomo Mitsui Fina... Financials 5823081060000 Japan
1.6% Mizuho Financial Gro... Financials 4879386390000 Japan
1.5% Japan Tobacco Inc Consumer Staples 7438000000000 Japan
1.4% Canon Inc Technology 4452102440000 Japan
1.4% Hitachi Ltd Industrials 3639597930000 Japan
1.3% KDDI Corp Communications 5565659140000 Japan

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