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The emerging markets have been exhibiting some uneven growth, with commodity-producing countries taking the brunt of the recent hits. However, exchange traded fund investors can take a targeted approach to specific developing countries. For instance, market observers are singling out India as a number of fundamental factors help support the emerging economy, reports Jeff Benjamin […]

Chinese markets and A-shares related exchange traded funds rallied Tuesday as ongoing weakness fanned speculation that Beijing would step in to prop up the ailing economy. The Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (NYSEArca: CNXT) and Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 500 China A-Shares Small Cap Fund (NYSEArca: ASHS) led gains Tuesday, surging 7.3% and 8.1%, respectively. […]

Volatility sent mainland Chinese equities plunging, but Chinese company stocks that trade on Hong Kong, along with H-shares related exchange traded funds, were not as heavily affected and may also offer investors a cheaper way to capture China’s growth. Over the past three months, the Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares ETF (NYSEArca: ASHR), […]

Investors who are betting on a turnaround in the Chinese markets may want to consider a currency-hedged China A-shares exchange traded fund, especially with Beijing’s preference for a weaker currency. The difference between the Chinese renminbi’s two exchange rates widened to a record, adding to speculation that Beijing will likely allow its currency to depreciate […]

Chinese stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds woke up to a rough start in the new year as lackluster economic data and a depreciating currency set off a sell-off in mainland stocks that triggered trading halts for the rest of the day. On Monday, the iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI), the largest China-related ETF […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced a wild ride this year, but with everything said and done, the markets are closing out 2015 pretty much where they started. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 1.5% over 2015. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 6.5% and the S&P 500 was flat. The top performing non-leveraged […]

While the Chinese economy slowed, commodity prices plunged and the Federal Reserve postured on its rate outlook, emerging markets and related exchange traded funds have been selling off, potentially opening an opportunity for contrarian investors. “In 35 years of covering these markets, I can’t recall such blanket bearishness,” Allan Conway, a manager specializing in emerging […]

Exchange traded funds have seen trading activity increase over the years as more investors see the benefits of the investment vehicle. For instance, since ETFs trade on an exchange like a stock, many have utilized the funds to execute quick or tactical positions to capitalize on market turns. While ETFs accumulate more assets and investor […]

Despite a major sell-off in the late summer that dragged the country into a bear market, Chinese stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds have rebounded and remain the best performing investment this year. Among the top performing ETFs of the year, the Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (NYSEArca: CNXT) surged 49.5%, Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI […]

China’s policymakers stated they could take further action to bolster the slowing economy, potentially signalling additional support for Chinese markets and A-shares related exchange traded funds. On Monday, the db X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares Fund (NYSEArca: ASHR) and Market Vectors ChinaAMC A-Share ETF (NYSEArca: PEK), which both track the CSI 300 Index, rose […]

The Bank of Japan announced Friday that it will maintain the quantitative easing program and increase purchases of Japanese equities through exchange traded funds. However, market observers were unimpressed by the extended measures to combat a prolonged growth stunt. Japanese equities weakened Friday, with the Nikkei 225 index falling 1.9% to 18,986.8, after the BOJ […]

The Eurozone euro and Japanese yen, along with currency-related exchange traded funds, are bouncing back as a spike in volatility pushed traders to safer corners of the market. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) rose 0.7% Friday and broke back above its 200-day simple moving average. The CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was […]

The Chinese renminbi currency is trading at its weakest to the U.S. dollar in over four years and may continue to depreciate. Consequently, investors who have been adding China A-shares exposure may want to consider a currency-hedged exchange traded fund. The USD was trading around RMB6.4179 Tuesday. The Chinese currency has weakened to its lowest […]

After a stellar October, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds had a more tepid November, with traders waiting for a potential rate hike in December. Over November, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.6%, the Nasdaq Composite was 0.4% lower and the S&P 500 dipped 1.1%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over […]

As regulators scrutinize Chinese equities market and brokerages, investors sold off China A-shares, pushing country-related exchange traded funds below their trend lines. On Friday, the iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI), the largest China-related ETF that tracks Chinese companies listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, dipped 2.8% and  the SPDR S&P China ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Global exchange traded fund investors may see their China exposure rise ahead as MSCI plans to add U.S.-listed Chinese companies to its international indices. On December 1, index provider MSCI will included all 14 U.S.-listed China stocks in its indices, including prominent Chinese e-commerce names like Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) and Baidu (NasdaqGS: BIDU), Reuters reported. […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at the WisdomTree Japan Hedged SmallCap (NYSEarca: DXJS). DXJS provides exposure to Japanese small-cap companies while hedging against the effects of a weaker yen currency. […]

While new economic data reveals Japan has entered its first technical recession in five years, Japanese country-specific exchange traded funds strengthened along with the broader market. Japan’s gross domestic product shrank at an annualized 0.8% in the July-September period from the previous quarter, after a revised 0.7% contraction in the second quarter, reports Mitsuru Obe […]

Chinese equities and China country-specific exchange traded funds led the advance Monday on speculation Beijing may have stepped into the markets after regulators implemented margin curbs to obviate another volatile turn. On Monday, the Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (NYSEArca: CNXT) rose 7.3% and Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 500 China A-Shares Small Cap Fund (NYSEArca: […]

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 […]