Asia

After the precipitous plunge in Chinese equities, exchange traded fund investors remain wary of China, largely ignoring a rally that has pushed Chinese markets back into bull territory. The iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI), the largest China-related ETF that tracks Chinese companies listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, has jumped 20.2% since the […]

Investors are using exchange traded funds to slice and dice the emerging markets. While broad emerging market ETFs have lost $6 billion in outflows over the past three years, country-specific ETFs that target emerging economies have seen $7 billion in inflows, reports Eric Balchunas for Bloomberg. “This indicates that at least some investors are breaking […]

As Chinese economy matures, Beijing is adapting and enacting reforms to bolster the markets and country-related exchange traded funds. On the recent webcast, Deciphering Asia: Pinpointing Potential Opportunities, Michael Jones, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer at RiverFront Investment Group, explains that China has been following the Asian Development Model of growth that helped lift millions […]

Investor seeking to diversify a stock portfolio may consider selective exchange traded fund strategies that tap into Asian markets as valuations and growth appear favorable. On the upcoming webcast, Deciphering Asia: Pinpointing Potential Opportunities, Anson Chow, Vice President of Passive Asset Management for Asia Pacific at Deutsche Asset & Wealth management, Peng Wah Choy, Vice […]

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 that will help diminish foreign exchange risks. “While the Bank of Japan […]

The popular developing-country-focused exchange traded fund, Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO), has switched to a new benchmark index that will gradually shift component holdings to include Chinese A-shares. As of November 2, VWO will begin tracking the new FTSE transition index that will begin building exposure to small-capitalization stocks and China A-shares before […]

Despite finishing on a down note, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds closed out their best month in four years. Over October, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 8.5%, the Nasdaq Composite advanced 9.3% and the S&P 500 rose 8.3%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over the past month include Global X MSCI […]

Asia Pacific stocks and regional exchange traded funds experienced their best month in six years after a steep sell-off enticed value investors. Over the past month, the Vanguard FTSE Pacific ETF (NYSEArca: VPL) rose 10.1%, Global X FTSE ASEAN 40 ETF (NYSEArca: ASEA) gained 10.1%, SPDR S&P Emerging Asia Pacific ETF (NYSEArca: GMF) advanced 10.0% […]

Investors with broad international equity exposure will include some China positions, but due to Beijing’s tight controls over its financial markets, foreign investors are underallocated to China’s domestic stocks. However, investors can now tap into the Chinese A-shares market through exchange traded funds. As of September, 94% of the $10.3 billion in U.S.-listed China ETFs […]

Southeast Asian markets and country-specific exchange traded funds are making a swift rebound off the recent selling as investors flock back into the markets on speculation that the Federal Reserve’s near-zero interest rate environment could last and a new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal bolsters the region’s outlook. For instance, over the past week, the Market […]

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. Meanwhile, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) dipped 0.3%, with the Japanese yen currency trading at around […]

BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) added on to its line of iShares currency hedged exchange traded funds for those looking for exposure to Japan through a relatively new, multi-factor index, the JPX-Nikkei 400. According to a recent press release, BlackRock introduced the iShares Currency Hedged JPX-Nikkei 400 ETF (NYSEArca: HJPX) on Thursday. The new ETF has a […]

Indonesian stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds bounced back Tuesday after President Joko Widodo unveiled a series of new economic stimulus measures, the second package this month, to help bolster the economy. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Indonesia ETF (NYSEArca: EIDO) rose 3.9% and Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF (NYSEArca: IDX) gained 3.0%, recovering off […]

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. EWJ is up 1.3% so far this year. Meanwhile, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen […]

Today, Goldman Sachs launched a new domestic equity exchange traded fund that promises to be the least expensive smart-beta offerings on the market today. “This smart-beta ETF will be priced like traditional beta products,”  said Michael Crinieri, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF (NYSEArca: GSLC), will have a […]

Emerging market equities and related exchange traded funds have been among the most unloved areas of the market after the recent bout of volatility. However, the selling pressure may provide an attractive entry point for long-term investors. According to a monthly fund manager survey from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, exposure to emerging market stocks […]

Despite being dumped along with other emerging markets during the recent market turmoil, India exchange traded funds track a more sturdy developing economy, compared to many other slowing markets. Over the past three months, the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (NYSEArca: EPI) dipped 8.2%, iShares India 50 ETF (NasdaqGM: INDY) retreated 6.6% and PowerShares India Portfolio […]

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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 (NYSEArca: FXY) dipped 0.8%, with the Japanese yen currency trading at around 120.9 to the U.S. dollar. […]

Since the June highs, China’s markets and country-specific exchange traded funds have plunged about 40%. While investors may be perturbed by the short-term volatility, Chinese equities may offer a long-term investment opportunity. ETF investors who are interested in the Chinese market have a number of options to choose from. For instance, the iShares China Large-Cap […]

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 (NYSEArca: EWJ) down 4.2% and Deutsche X-trackers Japan JPX-Nikkei 400 Equity ETF (NYSEArca: JPN) 4.9% […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds were moseying along during most of August but experienced a precipitous plunge in the later half of the month after volatility in China and an unclear Federal Reserve policy outlook triggered a market correction. Over August, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 6.6%, the Nasdaq Composite decreased 7.0% […]

Global markets were reeling earlier this week, but the sell off has left many emerging markets and country-specific exchange traded funds with cheaper valuations. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index plunged 11% in local currency terms this month, pushing 12-month forward price-to-earnings ratio to 9.4, a little below its 5-year average of 10, reports Ansuya Harjani […]

Some are crediting me with calling the 6-day mini-crash. On the contrary. When I wrote “15 Warning Signs Of A Market Top” on August 18, the intent was to discuss micro-economic (corporate), macro-economic, fundamental and technical reasons for reducing one’s overall allocation to riskier assets. I did not predict the epic fall from grace for […]

The Shark Tank personality, Kevin O’Leary, expanded his line of O’Shares Investments exchange traded funds, rolling out two currency-hedged versions of existing Asia and Europe quality dividend ETFs. On Tuesday, the O’Shares FTSE Asia Pacific Quality Dividend Hedged ETF (NYSEArca: OAPH) and O’Shares FTSE Europe Quality Dividend Hedged ETF (NYSEArca: OEUH) began trading. OAPH tries […]

This article was written by Rob Waldner, chief strategist and head of the Multi-Sector team for Invesco Fixed Income. China’s central bank cut key policy interest rates Tuesday to help calm markets after its recent currency devaluation set in motion a cascade of Chinese and global stock market turmoil. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) […]

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%, iShares MSCI Japan Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: SCJ) increased 11.8% and SPDR Russell/Nomura Small […]

Japanese markets and country-specific exchange traded funds could find further support as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe implements economic structural reforms. “After years of trekking through the economic doldrums, Japanese policymakers have signaled a renewed determination to end the slump,” according to a Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management research note. “Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is […]