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A tiny exchange traded fund tracking Ireland remains in the green so far this year as economic data showed solid growth in the first quarter, but the outlook is clouded by Europe’s debt crisis. Some analysts argue that the Irish economy is just scraping by and may see growth taper off due to poor domestic […]

As most of the press regarding the European Union has lately been focused on Greece and Portugal, there is a unique exchange traded fund that grants exposure to Ireland’s equity market that has caught our attention. The iShares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: EIRL) is the only “pure play” equity ETF that invests in public equities as […]

The iShares MSCI Ireland Capped Investable Market index (NYSEArca: EIRL) has been moving up since austerity measures have been implemented. Will the luck o’ the Irish return? The Ireland exchange traded fund (ETF) could certainly use some good fortune as it holds a paltry $4.5 million in assets. Ireland, which sought better terms on the […]

The European Union has once again been thrown into confusion as Portugal’s government comes to a standstill after the breakdown in parliament talks. European exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be affected as the situation develops and the issue is addressed. Portugal’s parliament rejected the new government austerity plan on Wednesday, which pushed Prime Minister José […]

Will the luck of the Irish trickle down into exchange traded funds (ETFs) on St. Patrick’s Day? The Ireland fund iShares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: EIRL) hasn’t seen many leprechauns lately, as its performance has remained lackluster at best. The sector of the market that is found at the end of the rainbow, however, is the […]

All the focus these days seem to be on the Middle East, but the Irish elections have drawn attention back to Ireland, though the Shares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: EIRL) exchange traded fund (ETF) has been lackluster since voting concluded. Ireland will adhere to austerity measures, which were part conditions tacked onto a bailout agreement from […]

Although Ireland is in recovery mode from their crisis, the fact remains that growth will be sluggish and much time will be needed for the exchange traded fund (ETF) to get rolling again. True, iShares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: EIRL) has turned positive in the last six months, gaining nearly 8% in that time span. But […]

Hey, whatever happened to the PIIGS? Are we still worried about them? The goings-on in Egypt have all but eclipsed news about the five economies that dominated the headlines for the latter half of 2010. Well, the bad news is that the PIIGS are not out of the woods just yet. That debt isn’t going […]

European leaders have convened for a two-day summit to address Europe’s growing debt problem. While the outcome is uncertain at this point, exchange traded funds (ETFs) could give clues about how it’s going. Thing to Watch 1: Spain. The PIIGS are widely acknowledged to be the biggest trouble spots, and the E.U. will be focusing […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are mixed, while stocks are up worldwide. U.S. jobless-claims data came in better than anticipated as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 target April highs. European markets moved upward on a rebound in bank stocks and Asian markets moved higher following positive results on Wall Street. The number of […]

The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up modestly after Congress agreed to a tax extension that many hope will be the saving grace of the economic recovery. The Bush-era tax cuts will be extended for both the wealthy and the middle class. The breaks will put cash in America’s pockets and, it’s hoped, […]

It’s official: the European Central Bank has opted to hold interest rates steady while at the same time extending its lending to banks for another three months. While it’s what Europe needs, does it necessarily make Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) an attractive buying opportunity? The fact is that not all of Europe is in […]

Europe’s debt turmoil has stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and investors cautious as speculation over a bailout for Ireland is on the table. Can Black Fridays sales save the retailers and salvage any good news? The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information […]

ETFs are flat early Monday, as investors are questioning whether an international bailout for Ireland will be enough to stabilize the European financial system. On Sunday, debt-laden Ireland formally applied for financial assistance from its European partners. The move was welcomed by officials at the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, who indicated that […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) dipped slightly in early trading on Friday, as the Chinese government raised the reserve requirement ratio for its banks, while Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke criticized Beijing’s currency policy. At a conference organized by the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated that China’s decision to undervalue […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up sharply this morning after the government reported initial claims for jobless benefits rose by only 2,000 to 439,000 last week, while the four-week moving average dropped to the lowest level since late in 2008. Jobless claims plummeted in 2009 and remained near 450,000 through the first 11 months of […]

Concerns are growing the Ireland’s economy could threaten the European economy in much the same way that Greece did this summer. That could make Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) an iffy bet, at least while this situation works itself out. The Irish government is in debt so deep, many of the G-20 countries leaders believe […]

A jump in corporate deals combined with solid news about retail sales put some gas in the engine of exchange traded funds (ETFs), which are moving higher in early trade. Deal-making is driving ETFs in early Monday morning trading as heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced it would pay $7.6 billion for Bucyrus International […]

A round of corporate dealmaking has the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) mixed as they try to suss out the ultimate impact. Oil giant Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX) announced that it plans on acquiring Atlas Energy (NYSE: ATLS) in a deal valued at $4.3 billion. The news has exploded Atlas shares up almost 35% […]

The so-called PIIGS may not be making headlines the way they did this summer, but signs about that trouble still reigns in these debt-riddled nations. Their exchange traded funds (ETFs) could feel the pain. The leaders of the PIIGS – Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain – are becoming painfully aware that spending needs to […]

On the final day of trading of the best month the markets have seen in 71 years, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned higher following a slate of positive economic reports. The number of unemployed workers seeking benefits fell by even more than anticipated last week. That’s the good news. The so-so news is […]

Although the Irish government is busily reassuring investors about their economy, the indicators lately have said otherwise. Can the exchange traded fund (ETF) tell the real story? The Irish republic’s economy shrank over the second quarter, while GDP fell 1.2%. According to BBC News, GNP, seen as a more accurate barometer, fell by 0.3%. [Will […]

Ireland’s exchange traded fund (ETF) has continued to struggle, but the country’s citizens are more evenly divided on the direction of their economy. Standard & Poor’s recently downgraded Ireland’s debt, but in a poll, 53% said that S&P was being overly pessimistic about the economy, says Graham MacKay for International Business Times. [iShares Launches Ireland […]

Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a mixed bag these days. On the one hand is a booming Germany; on the other are a host of nearby nations still treading water, at best. In Germany, borrowing costs are a record lows and exports – aided by a weak euro – have soared. Elsewhere in Europe, […]

Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) gained early before paring them on conflicting news. Homebuilder sentiment is still low on the one hand, but on the other, another mostly positive week for earnings could right the listing ship. More trouble for the U.S. housing market: homebuilder confidence is at its lowest level in more than […]

Europe is tightening its belt and enforcing austerity measures in an attempt to assuage jittery investors unnerved by the fiscal problems in Greece. Some worry that the Europe’s recently adopted frugal attitude may impede the global recovery in the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of […]

A recurring theme on this blog is the fact that the exchange traded fund (ETF) market is booming. The latest proof came in the form of a major milestone for the industry: it has surpassed the 1,000-product mark. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come […]

iShares recently came to market with three new additions to its long lineup of single-country exchange traded funds (ETFs) – including one aimed right at the United States economy and another tracking the Irish economy. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information […]