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Global markets were reeling earlier this week, but the sell off has left many emerging markets and country-specific exchange traded funds with cheaper valuations. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index plunged 11% in local currency terms this month, pushing 12-month forward price-to-earnings ratio to 9.4, a little below its 5-year average of 10, reports Ansuya Harjani […]

As investors try to comb the world for the next big market, some may turn to Africa exchange traded funds to capture potentially more rapid growth. There are a number of Africa-focused ETFs that investors can choose from. For instance, the Market Vectors Africa Index ETF (NYSEArca: AFK) weights countries determined by the size of […]

Corporations are taking a closer look at frontier markets for investment opportunities. Retail investors can also tap into the pre-emerging economies through frontier markets-related exchange traded funds. According to an A.T. Kearney survey of companies’ investment attitudes, a majority of firms are looking for new opportunities to expand in frontier markets, reports Dan Keeler for […]

Egypt is falling today as measured by EGPT (Market Vectors Egypt, Expense Ratio 0.98%) about 2.5%, trading at its lowest levels since about mid-January and slipping beneath its 50 day MA for the first time in about a month as well. EGPT is the only Egypt focused ETF in the U.S. marketplace and the fund […]

Egypt’s economy and related exchange traded fund may be shaking off the specter of volatility as the country pushes forward with structural reforms that could bring back foreign investors. The Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) is up 5.0% year-to-date and increased 8.6% over the past year. The Egypt ETF has also been trading […]

Today we quickly revisit a several country focused ETFs that have exposure to the Middle East via direct or indirect geography, which we covered in several segments this past summer. EGPT (Market Vectors Egypt, Expense Ratio 0.98%) while technically in Africa, is undoubtedly negatively affected by continued distress in the region that may occur through […]

Amid another spate of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, investors are flocking back to stocks in one of the regions most volatile countries: Egypt. Since June 11, investors outside the Arab world have purchased $406 million of Egyptian equities, almost eight times the amount they purchased in 2014 before the announcement, reports Ahmed A. […]

It should not be news to anyone that the Middle East and Africa have their share of conflicts occurring at the moment, which at the very least has contributed to some level of volatility and weakness in some cases depending on the specific local market (i.e. EIS (iShares MSCI Israel, Expense Ratio 0.62%) has traded […]

As Africa’s frontier markets develop, some of those economies are growing into the next generation of so-called African lions that could follow the path of the Asian tigers of the 21st century, potentially providing exchange traded fund investors an attractive growth opportunity. ETF investors can gain exposure to the broad African equities market through the […]

In an attempt to head off a spike in energy prices and rising consumer prices, Egypt’s central bank unexpectedly hiked interest rates, putting pressure on growth and the country-related exchange traded fund. The Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) dipped 0.2% Thursday. EGPT has surged 28.4% year-to-date. The Monetary Policy Committee raised its benchmark […]

After former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s win in the presidential election, Egypt exchange traded fund plunged Thursday on a new capital gains tax for investors and the new administration’s unclear objective for the economy. The Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) fell 5.2% Thursday. EGPT, though, is still up 32.4% year-to-date. The […]

The Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT), the lone ETF exclusively devoted to North Africa’s largest economy, is locked in a tight battle with the Market Vectors India Small-Cap Index ETF (NYSEArca: SCIF) for the honor of this year’s top-performing single-country emerging markets ETF. Although there have been obvious, well-documented reasons for SCIF’s ascent, […]

Investors who are more risk tolerant should take a closer look at Africa-related exchange traded funds capitalize on the growth story in the emerging markets. For instance, the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) is includes a portfolio of well-run financial services, telecommunication and consumer companies that have penetrated markets across Africa, writes Morningstar […]

The Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) will be one to watch Tuesday after index provider Russell Investments said it is demoting North Africa’s largest economy to frontier markets status from emerging markets classification. Russell Investments made the announcement in its Russell Indexes 2014 Country Classification. The index provider will move Egypt to frontier […]

The Egypt exchange traded fund has been one of the few bastions of strength in the emerging markets space, and the economy will continue to recover as a second stimulus infusion goes into effect. The Market Vectors Egypt ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) has gained 16.0% year-to-date. Meanwhile the MSCI Emerging Markets Index is down 6.5% so […]

A prominent theme tied to emerging markets in recent months has been a spate of central bank actions. Primarily, developing world central banks have been raising interest rates as a means of defending sagging currencies. Conventional wisdom dictates that it usually takes several months for an interest rate change, in either direction, to make an […]

The Market Vectors Egypt ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT), already a pleasant 2014 surprise among single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds, could see another positive catalyst come to fruition: A significant dividend increase from its largest holding. Orascom Telecom Media & Technology SAE climbed to an 18-month high on speculation the company could boost its dividend by […]

The developing economies have slowed down over the past year, but investors shouldn’t dismiss them just yet. Reforms and policy changes could help bolster some emerging market stocks and exchange traded funds. Kristoffer Stensrud, the founder of Norway-based Skagen AS, which has outperformed funds run by Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase over the past decade, […]

After political instability and repeated protests swept the country, the Egyptian government is injecting money into the economy, bolstering the Egypt related exchange traded fund, with the Egyptian benchmark edging to its highest level in almost three years. The Market Vectors Egypt ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) has surged 52.2% since the June 24 low. EGPT is […]

Emerging markets ETFs, broadly speaking, have rebounded nicely over the past three months. In that time, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO), the largest emerging markets ETF by assets, is up 7%. The largest China and South Korea are higher by an average of 15.2%. Those performances lag the 17.7% surge notched by […]

Ever since the Egypt’s military took over after massive protests rocked the country, cheap valuations and political stability bolstered Egyptian stocks and country-specific exchange traded fund. The Market Vectors Egypt ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) has surged 35.8% since the June 24 low. EGPT, though, is still down 2.1% year-to-date. The Egyptian benchmark EGX 30 Index increased […]

The Egypt related exchange traded fund is faltering and showing a greater disconnect with the underlying stocks as political violence escalates and forces the Egyptian bourse to close. The Market Vectors Egypt ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) was down 3.2% Thursday and has declined about 5.7% since the street violence began Wednesday. Bloody violence erupted in Egypt […]

To say this year has been eventful one for the Market Vectors Egypt ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) would be an understatement. Political turmoil, dwindling foreign currency reserves and a double-digit unemployment rate were among the factors that sent EGPT tumbling earlier this year and to a July reverse split. EGPT’s 1-for-4 reverse split went into effect […]

The Egypt exchange traded fund surged almost 9% Tuesday amid heavy trading volume on hopes that the country will make a fluid transition to civil rule with an elections timeframe and a potential financial aid package. The Market Vectors Egypt Index Fund (NYSEArca: EGPT) increased 8.6% Tuesday. EGPT is still down 20.2% year-to-date. The interim […]

Well-documented has been the fact that ongoing protests against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have sent stocks there plunging and bond yields and credit default swaps used to insure those bonds against default soaring. Since May 31, the iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund (NYSEArca: TUR) has lost 10.3% while investors have pulled […]

Emerging market ETFs underperformed developed economies in January with Egypt and South Africa funds off to the worst start in 2013 for the category. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (NYSEArca: EEM) was down 0.5% as of Jan. 30 while the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) gained 5.4%, according to Morningstar. The emerging market fund traded […]

The Egypt exchange traded fund is one of this year’s best performers, but the fund is under pressure after a fresh round of political unrest centered around newly elected President Mohamed Mursi. The Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) fell 6.8% over the past week. The ETF has gained 38.3% year-to-date. Mursi seized new […]

Market Vectors Egypt ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT) was up about 1% in U.S. trading Wednesday afternoon following reports that Egypt announced a ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement. After rallying about 50% this year, the Egypt-focused exchange traded fund has come against headwinds. Egypt’s economy is at risk now that Israel’s latest offensive […]

Click here to listen. I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. On Thursday, I focused on the Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT). While the country’s equities market made robust gains this […]

The Egypt exchange traded fund is in full recovery mode after last year’s pro-democracy revolution that overthrew the Hosni Mubarak regime. Additionally, Egyptian equities saw a nice boost Tuesday as the U.S. plans to provide debt relief to the beleaguered economy. However, the ETF is facing a key test at its 2012 high. A pullback […]