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Brazil country-specific exchange traded funds are bouncing on optimism that President Dilma Rousseff will finally be removed from office and that a new administration may steer the economy toward growth. On Monday, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) increased 2.9%, VanEck Vectors Brazil Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: BRF) rose 2.9% and iShares MSCI Brazil […]

Globetrotters are already converging on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but investors shouldn’t get their hopes up for an economic boost to Brazilian stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds. Even if Brazil were not plagued by the myriad of things going wrong for the Olympic Host, such as contaminated water at […]

Brazil country-specific exchange traded funds were among the best performing assets Friday after the government revealed a shrinking budget deficit next year. On Friday, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) rose 4.6% and the iShares MSCI Brazil Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: EWZS) gained 4.4%. Meanwhile, the two times leveraged ProShares Ultra MSCI Brazil (NYSEArca: […]

The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking stocks in Latin America’s largest economy, slid Monday after policymakers there had to annul the recent vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff due to procedural errors. Entering Monday, EWZ had been one of the best-performing single-country emerging markets ETFs this year […]

Brazilian equities and country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been rallying on the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff and her feckless administration. However, the impeachment proceedings has hit a hurdle, triggering volatile swings in the emerging market. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) was down 2.0% Monday after plunging as much as 7.2% […]

Emerging market exchange traded fund investors should watch out for potential trouble spots after the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic forecast on Tuesday, pointing to notable weakness in some developing economies. “While growth in emerging market and developing economies still accounts for the lion’s share of projected world growth in 2016, prospects across […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds slipped on the last day of March, ending the month on a muted note after a wild quarter that pushed the markets into a correction before clawing back the losses on swift rebound. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.5% over the first quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, the […]

Brazilian equities and ETFs among worst performers in 2015, but emerging market has roared back Brazilian rally went into high gear after former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was detained Traders had been selling off Brazilian assets over the past year as Rousseff failed to stimulate the economy  Brazilian equities and country-specific exchange traded […]

The beleaguered Brazilian has suffered from a multi-year retreat, and the selling pressure has been overdone, potentially opening an opportunity for emerging market exchange traded fund investors. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) has declined 39.9% over the past year and showed an average -26.3% annualized return over the past three years. The […]

Brazil country-specific exchange traded fund investors may not see a light at the end of this tunnel any time soon as the economy is on track for its worst recession in almost a century. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest ETF that follows Brazilian equities, has declined 9.4% over the past […]

Brazilian equities and country-specific exchange traded funds are rebounding as some investors jump on cheap valuations that are disconnected with fundamentals and are more a result of political scandals. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) gained 7.0% over the past week but is still down 31.0% year-to-date. EWZ is now trading back above […]

Brazil-related exchange traded funds jumped Friday after the Brazilian central bank reassured markets that it will utilize everything but the kitchen sink to prop up the real, one of the worst performing foreign currencies. “In this process, all instruments are available for the central bank,” central bank president Alexandre Tombini said Thursday, according to Reuters. […]

While many expect the Federal Reserve to push off on a rate hike, there is still a chance of a higher interest rate announcement next week. The change will have wide reaching effects and weigh on many markets and exchange traded funds. The markets currently predict a one in four chance that the Federal Open […]

This article was written by Brent Bates, a senior portfolio manager with the Invesco International Growth team, focusing on large- and mid-cap Asia Pacific and Latin American equities. Emerging market economies continued a downward trend during the second quarter, with declining industrial production and weak auto and retail sales. While there were a couple of […]

Coffee-related exchange traded notes are testing their short-term trend line Monday, bouncing higher on fears that the previous Brazilian drought has irreparably damaged crops and on concerns of dry weather in Central America. On Monday, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: JO) surged 5.4% while the iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN […]

This article was written by Matthew Dennis, senior portfolio manager for Invesco international/global growth products. International markets experienced increased volatility in the second quarter: Equity volatility rose by 19% in the US and by 50% in Europe.1 Notwithstanding a fade in equity volatility in July on the back of a perceived solution to the Greek […]

Once again we are discussing Brazil, and once again it involves sagging performance in the benchmark ETF EWZ (iShares MSCI Brazil, Expense Ratio 0.62%), which year to date has seen more than $800 million leave the fund via redemption activity. The fund’s asset base is now currently about $2.3 billion, still giving it a gigantic […]

Brazil’s economy and stock exchange traded funds will continue to drag their feet as weakening consumer spending could prolong the ongoing recession. May retail sales in Brazil declined 0.9%, the fourth consecutive dip after a revised 0.5% drop in April, as an increasing unemployment rate, accelerating inflation and near record-low consumer confidence weigh on the […]

Market credit risk could drag on Brazil stocks and country-specific exchange traded fund, but India ETFs may be less susceptible as the country enjoys healthier finances. According to a Fitch Ratings survey, Brazil showed the greatest risk to emerging market corporate debt financing over the next 12 months, relative to emerging market sovereign debt, reports […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds ended up paring their best monthly rally since February over the last days of May. Over May, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.8%, the Nasdaq Composite increased 2.1% and the S&P 500 gained 1.0%. The best performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the past month include […]

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 focused on the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ). Brazilian stocks are recovering, but the market still faces an uphill battle. Click here to […]

Global economic growth is expected to remain sluggish this year on a slowdown in major developing countries. However, India and country-specific exchange traded funds could lead the emerging markets. India remains one of the best performing markets in the developing world. Over the past year, the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (NYSEArca: EPI) rose 24.0%, iShares […]

With global growth faltering, countries may bolster spending on infrastructure projects to stimulate their economies, and investors can capitalize on the expansion through sector-related exchange traded funds. According to the International Monetary Fund, global economies have been weighed down by the effects of the financial downturn and will likely continue to feel its effects for […]

While the equities market is still positive so far this year, U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds retreated over March as concerns over the U.S. dollar strength and energy sector weakness weighed on the earnings outlook ahead. The Nasdaq Composite gained 3.0% and the S&P 500 rose 4.4% so far this year. Meanwhile, the Dow […]

With the real currency depreciating, Brazilian farmers are dumping harvests on to the global markets, putting further pressure on the coffee prices and related exchange traded notes. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: JO) declined 4.6% Monday while the iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN (NYSEArca: CAFÉ) decreased 2.8%. Year-to-date, JO fell […]

Exchange traded funds that track Brazil, South Africa and Turkey could produce another round of headaches as the lingering trade deficits weigh on their economies and currencies. Brazil, South Africa and Turkey are among the remaining so-called fragile economies if the Federal Reserve decides to tighten its monetary policy, as former members India and Indonesia […]

After India and Indonesia enacted reforms to bolster their economies, emerging market exchange traded fund investors will only have to monitor the remaining fragile three if the Federal Reserve decides to tighten its monetary policy. Morgan Stanley first identified the Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa as the five most vulnerable to changes in […]

Federal Reserve interest rate expectations and a strong U.S. dollar are wreaking havoc on the emerging markets and related exchange traded funds. ETFs that track the emerging markets, notably those that cover Brazil, emerging currencies and developing market debt, touched fresh all-time lows Tuesday, including the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), WisdomTree Emerging […]

After a dismal year, two members of the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and China – may not be up to normal standards that the markets have come to expect. Instead of taking on broad exposure, investors can pick and choose country weights with exchange traded funds. Over the past year, the iShares MSCI BRIC […]

Exchange traded notes that track coffee bean prices remain this year’s best performing commodity asset. However, the fundamentals are shifting as rainfall relieves a drought stricken Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer. Year-to-date, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: JO) and iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN (NYSEArca: CAFÉ) have surged 37.8% […]