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The Europe exchange traded funds that have recently commanded the most attention can be split into three categories. First, there are the currency hedged ETFs that packed on new assets at a voracious clip as investors bet the European Central Bank would unveil its own version of quantitative easing. Second, Switzerland ETFs have been getting […]

Plenty of single-country exchange traded funds with exposure to Eurozone nations have delivered for investors this year. Those funds run the gamut of conservative to riskier fare and some in the middle. On the conservative side of the ledger, the iShares MSCI Germany ETF (NYSEArca: EWG) is higher by just over 3%. In the middle, […]

Belgium stocks have been quietly outperforming broader European equities. With the economy picking up steam, the country-specific exchange traded fund could further strengthen. The iShares MSCI Belgium Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWK) was up 1.8% Tuesday. EWK has gained 2.5% year-to-date, whereas the Eeuro STOXX 50 Index is down 0.2% so far this year. Over the […]

That headline is not an insult. Actually, it is hard to say anything bad about how the iShares MSCI Belgium Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWK) has performed this year. Year-to-date, EWK is up 20.8%. That is 150 basis points better than the iShares MSCI Italy ETF (NYSEArca: EWI) and, not surprisingly, EWK has been significantly less […]

Exchange traded funds have bounced late this week on signs Greece will shelve a planned referendum on the financial rescue. A interest-rate cut by the European Central Bank has also helped fuel the rally. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index ended up 2.1% Thursday, with all major European indices showing gains, reports WSJ.com. European markets ended […]

Exchange traded funds listed in the U.S. that follow European stock indexes were set for a lower open Monday on Greek default worries and after Moody’s put Belgian bank Dexia on review for a potential downgrade. The iShares MSCI Belgium Investable Market Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWK) has about 1% in Dexia shares. “Dexia has experienced […]

Exchange traded funds that invest in Europe were lower Friday after several Eurozone countries extended their ban on short selling, or betting against, financial stocks. In particular, German stocks have been volatile this week on whispers the country may see its triple-A credit rating downgraded. A row over collateral and other problems are threatening the […]

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 distance from the 50-day moving averages. [The Contrarian: […]

For a country that has been without a government for over a year, Belgium is actually faring quite well. However, an exchange traded fund tracking Belgium has trended lower in recent months as Europe’s debt problems may be spreading from the periphery to the central regions. iShares MSCI Belgium (NYSEArca: EWK) is in positive territory […]

Belgium’s government is in a state of deadlock and debt is just piling on, and there’s no real solution at hand. The impact on the Belgium exchange traded fund (ETF) may be one of not much at all. Belgium’s economy is very competitive but the government is saddled with a huge budget deficit with no […]

In discussing Europe’s financial crisis, Ireland and Greece are often the first names to come up. But now Belgium has entered the conversation, it might be cause for concern about its exchange traded fund (ETF). The troubling signBorrowing costs for Belgium have inched higher, many are watching the economic health of this country as a […]

While parts of Europe struggle to get their deficits under control, Belgium boasts one of the best-performing exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking the continent’s economies. The fuel for this growth appears to be growing confidence of businesses and consumers alike. Belgium’s business confidence improved in September from August as the country witnessed economic growth in […]

Belgium may be known for its beer, but there is a lot more to its economy than just drinks. Recently, there has been encouraging news, which may be good for its exchange traded fund (ETF). However, you will have to evaluate the good from the bad to decide if an investment is the right choice. […]

Belgium is burdened with mounting problems and a collapsing government is exacerbating the situation. If a government isn’t established soon, the exchange traded fund (ETF) could sink with the country’s economy. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should […]

Belgium, the sixth-largest economy in the eurozone and home of Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD), has made a faster economic recovery than economists predicted. If Belgium stays on track, its exchange traded fund (ETF) could soon become more appealing for investors nosing around Europe. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, […]

Parts of Europe continue to limp along as they emerge from recession, but Belgium has given exchange traded fund (ETF) investors something to be enthusiastic about. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed […]

Things seem to be lining up for Belgium: business confidence is up, the economy is growing this year and it’s forecast for more growth in 2010. But the country’s exchange traded fund (ETF) faces challenges in the coming year in order to keep things moving in the right direction. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein […]

After stumbling last year and part of this year, Belgium’s economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) now appear poised for growth once again. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer […]

With some countries on the continent posting growth, Europe and its related exchange traded funds (ETF) could be on their way to a recovery. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an […]

Governments in the European Union have used up any room they had left to lower their interest rates, as European bonds have been oversold, taking related exchange traded funds (ETFs) for a ride. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this […]

Has Belgium’s economy experienced enough contraction to consider the economy shrinking? And will the related exchange traded fund (ETF) be able to sustain? The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer […]

Feeling the effects of being globally connected, Belgium’s economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) have stumbled under a prolonged period of global financial troubles and stagnant partner countries. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used […]

A sharp reversal of fortune is expected for Belgium’s economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs) as trade and exports diminish, but there is a sliver of good news. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used […]

Global exchange traded funds (ETFs), for the most part, have been hit harder than any other area. Most are at least 50% off their highs, while some are a full two-thirds or even more. As the U.S. economy slumps further, banks are lending less, leading to consumers spending less, hurting imports and exports, and so […]

Belgium’s growth in the second quarter was slower than previously thought, but perhaps the third quarter will be better for the country’s exchange traded funds (ETFs). Seasonally adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) rose a scant 0.2%, mostly on weakness in the manufacturing and construction sectors, report Philip Blankenship and Antonia Van De Velde for Thomson […]

As Belgium struggles with an identity crisis among its French and Dutch-speaking citizens, certain exchange traded funds (ETFs) may feel the repercussions of this turmoil. Belgium is a country made up of two rather distinct regions: Dutch-speaking Flanders in the North and French-speaking Wallonia in the South. However, the capital city of Brussels is essentially […]

Belgium brewer InBev is seeking a takeover of Anheuser Busch (BUD), creating a massive beer brewer for the world, and a reason for exchange traded funds (ETFs) to raise their mugs. If the deal takes place, will the Clydesdales fly to Belgium first-class, or is coach acceptable? If the two giants can come to terms, […]

Could the sale of an American icon benefit a few exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Belgium company InBev recently made an unsolicited bid for Anheuser-Busch (BUD), and it has people torn. While shareholders might find themselves unable to resist the offering for $65 a share, politicians are placing a higher premium on American jobs, reports Aaron […]