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As Great Britain potentially parts ways from the European Union in the so-called Brexit, the British pound sterling dipped to a seven-year low against the U.S. dollar, with currency-related exchange traded fund falling to an all-time low. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB), which tracks the movement of GBP against the USD, fell […]

With the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) up more than 9% this year, a gain that is better than quadruple that of the S&P 500, it is fair to say the greenback has been the star among developed market currencies. It is a lesson the British pound is learning…the hard way. […]

United Kingdom stocks and country-specific exchange traded fund investors may be too complacent about the impending volatility ahead as the country braces for its general elections. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: EWU) has dipped 0.1% year-to-date. In the weeks ahead, BlackRock argues that investors could see greater volatility in the sterling currency and […]

The U.S. dollar-relate exchange traded funds surged Friday, with the greenback touching a four-year high, after the solid September jobs report fueled bets on a quickening U.S. recovery. The dollar index, a gauge of the U.S. dollar’s value against six major currencies, touched a high of 86.56 Friday, its strongest level since June 2010, increased […]

The British pound and United Kingdom stock exchange traded funds plunged Monday in response to rising support for a Scottish independence ahead of a referendum vote scheduled for next week. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) was down 1.1% Monday. Meanwhile, the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF’s (NYSEArca: EWU) fell 1.9%, dipping below […]

Amid speculation the Bank of England will join the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in developed market central bank interest rate hike game, the CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) has spent a significant portion of 2014 as one of the better-performing currency exchange traded funds. That bullishness has ebbed dramatically as the pound […]

The British pound exchange traded fund is marching toward a six-year high as the improving economy and rising inflation fuel speculation of a Bank of England rate hike. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) rose 0.4% Tuesday. FXB has strengthened 2.9% year-to-date and is trading near its highest level since 2008. Meanwhile, the […]

The British pound, along with related currency exchange traded fund, jumped to a three-week high against the greenback after the Bank of England hinted that rates could rise sooner than expected, with some pointing to rate hikes as early as the first quarter of next year. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) gained […]

The recovering U.S. economy, the Fed’s gradual tapering and loose monetary policies abroad should have helped strengthen the U.S. dollar and related exchange traded fund, but so far this year, the greenback has been enervated. The PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks a basket of the six major world currencies – the […]

The British pound has been one of the top-performing developed market currencies for about a year, a fact affirmed by the 8.3% returned by the CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) over the past 12 months. On Wednesday, FXB gained a third of a percent, rising to its highest levels since October 2008, but […]

The British pound sterling exchange traded fund has been steadily rising as traders pushed up bets this month, with hedge funds and other large speculators at their most bullish on the currency since 2011. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) rose 1.6% over the past month and is up 1.3% year-to-date. As of […]

The British pound sterling exchange traded fund has been steadily appreciating, with the currency touching a four-and-a-half year high Thursday, as traders speculate on tightening Bank of England monetary policies. The pound sterling touched $1.6842 against the greenback Thursday, its strongest since Nov. 18, 2009, reports Clare Connaghan for the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, the […]

United Kingdom exchange traded fund investors can breathe a little easier after Bank of England reassured markets that it will push back plans to raise rates and help support a growing economy. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: EWU) was up 0.3% Thursday. EWU has gained 4.7% over the past week but is still […]

The British pound sterling exchange traded fund strengthened after a four day losing streak as the Bank of England hinted that they may raise interest rates sooner-than-expected due to the strengthening economy. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) was up 0.8% Wednesday. FXB is down 2.4% year-to-date. The BOE stated in its quarterly […]

ETF Spotlight on the db X-trackers MSCI United Kingdom Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBUK), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $5.2 million Objective: The db X-trackers MSCI United Kingdom Hedged Equity Fund tries to reflect the performance of the MSCI United Kingdom US Dolar Hedged Index, which provides exposure to the U.K. equity market but […]

The British pound  could strengthen on an improving economy and the Bank of England’s more tolerant stance for a stronger exchange rate, bolstering United Kingdom-related exchange traded funds. Britain’s economy expanded at its fastest clip in three years over the third quarter, Bloomberg reports. Meanwhile, traders are speculating that the BOE will raise benchmark rates […]

The United Kingdom country-specific exchange traded fund continued to weaken Friday, moving toward its first weekly loss since August, after a Bank of England governor pointed to an end to stimulus. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: EWU) dipped 0.5% Friday. EWU is up 12.2% year-to-date. U.K. stocks weakened following BOE Governor Mark Carney’s […]

The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund’s (NYSEArca: DXJ) status as one of this year’s top asset-gathering ETFs is one sign that investors are bearish on the yen and bullish on Japanese stocks. DXJ’s rise to prominence has also shined the spotlight on the concept of currency hedged ETFs beyond those that short the yen. WisdomTree […]

Looking to capitalize on the success of the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ), ETF issuer WisdomTree (NasdaqGM: WETF) again tested the currency hedged waters last week with the introduction of two ETFs. One of those new ETFs is the WisdomTree Japan Hedged SmallCap Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJS), small-cap equivalent of the wildly popular […]

After rising speculation on Fed “tapering” and the tumult in the U.S. equities markets, global investors flocked back to traditional safe-haven plays, boosting hard currency exchange traded funds. For instance, the CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) was up 2.4% over the past week, CurrencyShares Euro Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was 1.6% higher, CurrencyShares Japanese […]

EWU (iShares MSCI United Kingdom, Expense Ratio 0.52%)saw a tremendous amount of activity yesterday, resulting in more than $400 million entering the fund via creations. More than 15 million shares traded yesterday versus average daily volume of 1.72 million shares, and much like the recent flows we have seen in EWG (iShares MSCI Germany, Expense […]

CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) was lower in early U.S. trading Wednesday after British retail sales plunged and the minutes from the Bank of England meeting this month revealed members are split on further quantitative easing. Policymakers were unanimous, however, on keeping interest rates at 0.5%. Following a plethora of interest rate cuts […]

CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) and CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) are the worst-performing currency ETFs so far this year with declines of more than 7%. Currency ETFs could see action this week as the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan all meet and release statements on […]

With the British economy teetering on another recession, market observers are anticipating new stimulus measures from the Bank of England, driving the British pound currency, along with a related exchange traded fund, to a three-year low. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) dropped 4.4% over the past three months. The sterling pound hit […]

BlackRock’s iShares exchange traded fund unit is venturing into the currency game, looking to launch a suite of actively managed currency ETFs that would provide investors with the opportunity to capitalize on select global currency movements. According to a SEC filing, the proposed active ETFs include: iShares Australian Dollar Cash Rate Fund iShares British Pound Cash […]

With headlines that are tied to matters in Europe pervading the daily routines of institutional portfolio managers, currency ETFs have grown tremendously over the past year or so in terms of asset levels, average daily trading volumes, and even level of recognition of ticker symbols. While not a member of the Eurozone, CurrencyShares British Pound […]

ETFs pegged to the euro are creeping higher in June in the face of record bearish bets against the currency on Europe’s debt crisis. However, speculators are even more bearish on two other currencies: the British pound and Australian dollar. Conversely, bullish sentiment on the dollar among institutional investors in the futures market is at […]

Exchange traded funds continue to increase in number and popularity, growing to one of the most commonly traded securities on the stock exchange as both institutional and the average retail investor gain greater access to broad or specialized market exposure. Yet many individuals are unfamiliar with ETFs’ inner workings. In this ongoing series, we hope […]

The British pound has shown strength over the past few weeks, reaching a 22-month high against the euro. Investors may see the pound as a safe haven currency as the U.S. dollar weakens and Spain dips into a recession. “The main reason the British Pound is set to continue to appreciate has to do with […]