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The Brexit vote in June sent United Kingdom stocks on a wild ride, and currency-hedged U.K. exchange traded funds have been a clear winner in the aftermath. Since the June 23 close, the day prior to the watershed United Kingdom referendum vote on European Union membership, currency-hedged U.K. ETFs have rebounded from their initial knee-jerk sell-off, […]

The U.S. dollar exchange traded fund slid below its short-term trend line, with the greenback depreciating to its lowest since June, as traders reduced bets on Federal Reserve action in light of weakening U.S. economic data. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) fell 0.2% Friday and was testing its support at […]

United Kingdom country-specific exchange traded funds rallied and the pound sterling weakened after the Bank of England implemented a bigger-than-expected package of stimulus measures Thursday. On Thursday, the iShares Currency Hedged MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: HEWU) gained 1.7%, WisdomTree United Kingdom Hedged Equity Fund (NasdaqGM: DXPS) rose 1.5% and Deutsche X-Trackers MSCI United Kingdom […]

The Bank of Japan extended its stimulus measures, supporting Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds. As part of its expanded stimulus plan, The BOJ decided to increase ETF purchases so its total holdings rose at an annual pace of ¥6 trillion, or $58 billion, up from the current ¥3.3 trillion, Reuters reports. “Japan is […]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced an additional stimulus package to support the economy, sending the yen lower and supporting market gains, with currency-hedged Japan exchange traded funds leading the charge. On Wednesday, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) rose 1.6%, iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: HEWJ) gained 1.0% and Deutsche […]

After the Brexit vote, the British pound sterling has been depreciating but large-cap exporters are capitalizing on the weaker currency, lifting currency-hedged United Kingdom exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the Deutsche X-Trackers MSCI United Kingdom Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBUK) increased 8.9%, iShares Currency Hedged MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: HEWU) gained 9.5% and  WisdomTree United […]

Gold and U.S. dollar exchange traded funds are moving in separate directions again after a strengthening U.S. economy renewed speculation that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates before the end of the year. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) rose 0.2% Wednesday and is trading back above its 200-day simple […]

As traders continue to digest the consequences of the United Kingdom’s vote to break away from the European Union, the British pound sterling-related exchange traded fund continues to plunge to new lows, with the cable slipping to a fresh 31-year low. On Wednesday, the CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB), which tracks the British […]

The Bank of England could cut interest rates to bolster the British economy, potentially supporting currency-hedged exchange traded fund strategies as a United Kingdom play. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said the central bank could cut interest rates in the months ahead to support growth in the wake of the Brexit shock and ensuing […]

United Kingdom stocks and the pound sterling plunged on the Brexit vote, but a benchmark index of blue-chip UK stocks has already erased losses while the cable remains depressed, highlighting the potential currency risks that U.S. exchange traded fund investors face when looking to overseas markets. The FTSE 100 climbed to 6,360, surpassing the level […]

The votes are in and the United Kingdom will dissolve its 43-year membership in the European Union, triggering mass sell-off in global markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Leading the plunge, United Kingdom market-related ETFs were the worst hit, with the First Trust United Kingdom AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FKU), which provides a smart-beta play on […]

European markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) were leading the market rebound Thursday ahead of widely observed “Brexit” vote. The European Stoxx 600 ended 1.5% higher Thursday. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) added 2.7% and the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ) returned 2.8%. The two ETFs both […]

The slow economic outlook coupled with uncertainty over central bank policies and a U.K. referendum have pressured the equities markets. Investors, though, can mitigate the risks by diversifying into exchange traded funds that track safe-haven assets. Among the list of concerns, an ongoing earnings recession in the U.S., an upcoming U.S. presidential election, an unclear […]

With the Bank of Japan holding off further stimulus and concerns over the “Brexit” vote fueling safe-haven bets, the Japanese yen and currency-related exchange traded funds surged Thursday. On Thursday, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) jumped 1.6% while the ProShares Ultra Yen (NYSEArca: YCL), which tries to reflect the daily 2x or 200% […]

Fueling market uncertainty, the United Kingdom will vote for the so-called Brexit referendum on whether or not it will remain in the European Union, potentially precipitating wide-reaching volatility on global markets and exchange traded funds. Debate on the Brexit vote has heated up as we draw closer to the June 23 referendum date. While many […]

After a tumultuous start this year, U.S. dollar exchange traded funds just registered one of their best monthly gains since 2015, and the greenback may have more room to run. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY), which tracks USD moves against a basket of major currencies, dipped 5.5% to 93.08 on April 25, but the benchmark […]

In anticipation of the summer doldrums, many have increased cash positions to sit out potential volatility ahead. However, increasing negative sentiment may signal contrarian opportunities for some areas of the market and exchange traded funds. A Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager survey revealed that money managers are increasing their cash positions this month […]

Diminished momentum in “Brexit” sentiment helped assuage fears of a United Kingdom break away from the European Union and triggered a surge in the British pound sterling and currency-related exchange traded fund. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) increased 1.1% Wednesday. FXB is still down 2.0% year-to-date, weakening this year on uncertainty over […]

Despite a pullback after a six-day run, the U.S. dollar and currency-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be on course for a rebound after hitting a one-year low last week. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including […]

The foreign exchange market, or forex, is the largest, most liquid financial market in the world. Investors can easily track currency moves through exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors who want exposure to a forex exchange market without dealing with futures or directly with a forex account may be better suited trading in currency ETFs, which […]

In a bid to assuage deflation concerns, the Reserve Ban of Australia cut its official rate to a historic low Tuesday, triggering a sell-off in the Aussie dollar and potentially lifting currency-hedged country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs). The CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust (NYSEArca: FXA), which tracks the Aussie against the U.S. dollar, fell 2.0% Tuesday […]

Japanese markets closed lower Monday, but on the other side of the globe, U.S.-listed Japan country-specific exchange traded funds bounced as speculators tried to catch the falling knife. Japanese stocks plunged Monday, with the Nikkei 225 Index down 3.1%, on the yen currency’s jump to a one-and-a-half year high against the U.S. dollar, weak earnings […]

The U.S. dollar and related exchange traded fund may be going into a seasonally strong period for the currency. The U.S. Dollar Index, which tracks the movement of the greenback against a basket of developed foreign currencies, has appreciated in May for every year but one since 2007, and the month of May has been […]

In stark contrast to market expectations of further intervention to stimulate a stagnating economy, the Bank of Japan opted to stand pat Thursday, triggering a surge in the Japanese yen and currency-related exchange traded fund. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) jumped 3.2% Thursday as the U.S. dollar depreciated 3.0% to ¥108.2. Meanwhile, the […]

Japanese equities bounced Friday, with currency-hedged exchange traded funds leading the charge on a weakening yen, as speculators bet the Bank of Japan will give banks a helping hand. Currency hedged ETFs, which diminished the negative effect of a weaker yen currency, outpaced non-hedged funds, on Friday. For instance, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund […]

Without a Doha accord on an oil production freeze, the markets may suffer through an extended period of low oil prices, potentially causing a ripple effect that could extend to financial sector and U.S. dollar exchange traded funds. “While nothing explicitly has been said, it’s not a far reach to suggest that the production freeze […]

The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB), which tracks the movement of the British pound against the U.S. dollar, is down more than 4% year-to-date, making it one of the worst-performing developed market currency ETFs. Most, if not all, of FXB’s struggles can be attributed to fears that Great Britain could opt to leave […]

Without much confidence in the Bank of Japan’s ability to stem the tide of a strengthening currency, the Japanese yen and related exchange traded funds have hit an 18-month high. On Tuesday, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) jumped 1.4% while the ProShares Ultra Yen (NYSEArca: YCL), which tries to reflect the daily 2x […]

An exchange traded fund that tracks emerging market currencies has surged against the U.S. dollar as currencies from the developing economies experience their best month in 18 years. The WisdomTree Emerging Currency Strategy Fund (NYSEArca: CEW) jumped 5.0% so far this month and was 4.3% higher year-to-date. CEW tracks the U.S. dollar against the Mexican […]

The Japanese yen weakened for the seventh day, bolstering export-heavy Japanese market and currency-hedged country-specific exchange traded funds. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) dipped 0.5% as traders trimmed their safe-haven bets in light of an improving U.S. economy and on renewed bets that the Federal Reserve would hike rates. The U.S. dollar gained […]