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Bank of Japan has released details on what types of new ETFs it wants financial companies to create Companies that increase capital or research spending will be eligible for purchases Additionally, funds that track firms boosting staff numbers, wages and investments in employee development will also meet BOJ standards The Bank of Japan has outlined […]

Chinese yuan currency-related ETFs strengthen to a four-month high The yuan currency touched its strongest level against the U.S. dollar since early December on Friday China may be trying to keep its currency in line with its top trading partners – Japan and Europe, says RBC Capital Markets Chinese yuan currency-related exchange traded funds have strengthened […]

Indonesian stocks and country-specific ETFs have been standout in developing world Indonesia for 2016 could turn out to be the story India was supposed in 2015, says HSBC Asia equity strategist Indonesia’s economy is expanding as signs that President Joko Widodo has been able to gain support for his promised economic reforms The emerging markets […]

People’s Bank of China cuts amount of cash the country’s lenders can lock away The half percentage-point cut could add 685 billion yuan, or $105 billion, into the financial system Even after the latest cut, the ratio is still 17% for the biggest banks, the highest such levels in the world The Chinese government could continue […]

Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds have suffered through the recent global sell-off, but the developed Asian market could turn around and end the year on a high note. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) fell 10.6%, Deutsche X-trackers Japan JPX-Nikkei 400 Equity ETF (NYSEArca: JPN) dropped 9.8% and iShares JPX-Nikkei 400 […]

Record bank loans and speculation of increased measures to stimulate economic growth helped China’s markets, along with related A-shares exchange traded funds, experience their largest surge in over three months. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 3.3% to 2,836.6 Tuesday, but the benchmark is still trading in a bear market and down 20% so far this […]

While U.S. equities are being dragged down by a lackluster earnings season and a weakening outlook, Indonesia’s stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds strengthened Friday on an expanding economy. On Friday, the iShares Indonesia Investable Market Index Fund ETF (NYSEarca: EIDO) gained 2.3% and Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF (NYSEarca: IDX) rose 2.0%. Both EIDO and […]

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 Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBJP). The Bank of Japan has revealed that it will use whatever monetary policy […]

As markets turned lower in January, the Bank of Japan has been buying the dips with Japan-listed stock exchange traded funds. According to the Japan Exchange Group, combined January trading of all ETFs was at a record ¥7.94 trillion, or 100% increase for the same period year-over year and a 53.4% month-on-month increase, reports Leo […]

China’s manufacturing sector slowed for the sixth consecutive month and contracted at its fastest pace in over three years, dragging on Chinese stock exchange traded funds and reversing a rebound in oil markets. China A-shares ETFs that track mainland Chinese stocks traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen retreated Monday, with the Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 […]

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

The Bank of Japan unexpectedly implemented negative interest rates Friday in response to the volatile global markets that has added to its ongoing deflationary risks, bolstering Japan country-specific exchange traded funds and pulling the rug from under the yen currency. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ), the largest Japan-related ETF, was 1.8% higher Friday. […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds retreated in a violent start to a new year. As volatility dissipates, exchange traded fund investors should consider areas where selling may have been overdone. “In our opinion, much of the recent selling has been overdone and, as such, has created some bargains,” Russ Koesterich, Global Chief […]

Investor confidence is waning in Chinese markets as a slowing economy and weakening yuan currency drag China A-shares related exchange traded funds to their lowest in 13 months. China A-shares ETFs that track mainland Chinese stocks traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen declined Tuesday, with the Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares ETF (NYSEArca: ASHR) […]

Vietnam’s internal party election is underway with plans to promote economic growth, bolstering the country-specific exchange traded fund and lifting the emerging market benchmark to its largest single-day surge in almost four years. While the broader emerging markets were lower along with global markets on increased economic uncertainty and the slide in oil prices, the […]

Hopes of further monetary easing helped Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds rally Friday, with formerly bearish traders adding to the momentum on short covering. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) was 4.4% higher Friday after falling 10.9% year-to-date. However, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) dipped 1.0% on prospects of further […]

Developing markets took the brunt of the global selling pressure, but the weakness may have open opportunities for bargain hunters as some of the cheapest exchange traded funds track the emerging markets. For instance, the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) shows a 6.99 price-to-earnings ratio and SPDR S&P Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RBL) is trading […]

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 […]