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Oil prices are inching up on heightened tensions in Iraq. While some traders may have been caught off guard, investors can utilize exchange traded funds to capture market areas that could benefit from higher oil prices. The price of crude oil has been relatively stable in recent years, staying within range as political volatility in […]

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 funds market. This week, I looked at the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX). After the recent geopolitical risk-induced sell-off, Russian stocks look very cheap, but investors shouldn’t […]

Global markets and exchange traded funds have put the worst behind them, but the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that we could see slower growth this year due to unexpectedly sluggish large emerging economies. Policy makers “can now switch from avoiding disaster to fostering a stronger and more resilient recovery,” the OECD said, […]

Concern over a global market slowdown and geopolitical risks kept equities markets and stock exchange traded funds relatively unchanged since the start of the year, but the S&P 500 Index is still heading toward its fifth quarterly gain, albeit a small one. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 1.0% over the first quarter. Meanwhile, the […]

After a widespread government corruption probe sent Turkish stocks and the related exchange traded fund reeling, Turkey’s credit rating is now under fire, with Moody’s Investors Service considering 10 banks for downgrades. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) has declined 7.2% year-to-date and fell 33.9% over the past year. Moody’s review includes Turkiye Garanti […]

The geopolitical crisis in the Crimea peninsula has pummeled Russia exchange traded funds. ETF Trends Publisher Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC to point out that while volatility will still rage on in the near-term, Russian equities are now trading at significantly discounted valuations and could present buying opportunities for risk-tolerant investors. Watch the CNBC video […]

Poland exchange traded funds have been dragged down by the heated tensions on the Crimea peninsula, but investors should not write off the market just yet. Russia’s slowing GDP growth and economic issues probably won’t affect Poland, writes Peter Kohli,  chief executive officer of DMS Funds, for MarketWatch. Meanwhile, Poland is experiencing strong, sustainable manufacturing […]

Tennessee, the Volunteer State,  is the top holder or second-largest investor in 12 emerging market exchange traded funds, highlighting the growing usage of ETFs as an investment tool to gain targeted exposure to market areas. The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System is now one of the biggest investors of country-specific emerging market ETFs, reports Margaret Newkirk […]

The escalating events in the Crimea peninsula off Ukraine sent Russian equities and related exchange traded funds reeling, and things could get worse as the standoff continues. Over the past week, the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) has declined 6.4%, the iShares MSCI Russia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: ERUS) decreased 8.4% and the SPDR S&P […]

Turkey’s economy remains fragile and vulnerable to both domestic and international shocks. Turkey exchange traded fund investors should monitor the situation closely as any small pressures could push the market over the edge. The current-account deficit has been a major point of concern in the emerging markets. In Turkey, the deficit is at over 5% […]

Turkish stocks and the related exchange traded fund stumbled Tuesday on concerns the political situation there is deteriorating as some call for the prime minister’s resignation. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) declined 3.7% Tuesday. TUR is down 22.3% over the past three months. [ETF Chart of the Day: Talking Turkey] The Borsa Instabul […]

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 […]

Equities and stock exchange traded funds started the year in back-and-forth action, struggling to break above recent highs. However, soft economic data, coupled with troubles in the emerging markets, triggered a global sell-off in the last week of the month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 3.9%% over January. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.8% […]

Amid political strife and a tumbling lira, Turkish stocks, along with related country-specific exchange traded fund, appear inexpensive with financial firms falling below book value for the first time in five years. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) has 40.1% over the past year. TUR’s holdings are trading at a price-to-prospective earnings of 8.4. […]

Emerging market exchange traded funds may still struggle this year as the International Monetary Fund warns of a potential slowdown despite upwardly revising its global economic outlook. The IMF increased its 2014 global growth estimate to 3.7%, up from its previous 3.6% projection, reports Ian Talley for MarketWatch. Nevertheless, it is “a weak and uneven […]

Poland exchange traded funds have lagged behind other European markets but are receiving a helping hand from the government as the central bank pledges to keep rates at record lows to stimulate the economy. The iShares MSCI Poland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPOL) declined 5.9% over the past month and the Market Vectors Poland ETF (NYSEArca: […]

The Turkey exchange traded fund is regaining some lost ground after Turkish stocks plunged Monday on a slew of corruption charges. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) is up 2.1% Tuesday after falling 5% Monday. The ETF is down 19.9% year-to-date. [Be Choosy With Emerging Market ETFs] Suleyman Aslan, CEO of Turkiye Halk Bankasi […]

Investors in Russia exchange traded fund shouldn’t expect a helping hand from the government any time soon as high inflation leaves little room for the central bank to cut rates. Russian monetary-policy makers are holding the benchmark rate at 5.5% as inflation hovers around 6.5% as of Dec. 9, reports Scott Rose for Bloomberg. “There […]

Emerging market stocks have fallen behind U.S. equities this year, and the underperformance could continue into the next. However, there are a few bright spots that exchange traded fund investors can hone in on. Credit Suisse projects the MSCI EM Index will only gain 6% by the end of 2014, reports Shuli Ren for Barron’s. […]

Instead of chasing after performing sectors, investors can use exchange traded funds to capitalize on market segments that might be on track to do a one-eighty. Trang Ho for Investor’s Business Daily points out a couple of contrarian ETF plays that could help investors capture a turn in some areas of the markets that have […]

Investors have been put off from emerging market exchange traded funds after the recent dip. However, large money managers are coming back, pointing to excessive declines as a good buying opportunity. The recent sell-off “is very much of a psychological thing that will pass once people come to their senses,” Mark Mobius, executive chairman of […]

In the emerging markets space, BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and China – exchange traded funds are roaring back after fear over Fed tapering fueled a sell-off in risky assets. Over the past week, the Guggenheim BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: EEB) gained 6.5%, iShares MSCI BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: BKF) was 6.2% higher and the SPDR S&P […]

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 highlighted the SPDR S&P Emerging Europe ETF (NYSEArca: GUR). Once the Eurozone gets out of its funk, emerging European countries could gain support. […]

Poland exchange traded funds are gaining strength and testing their short-term trend lines as the Polish government expands stimulative measures to combat its weakest economic growth rate in 16 years. The iShares MSCI Poland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPOL) was up 1.1% in late trading Tuesday and crossed above its 50-day moving average. Meanwhile, the Market […]

After the Fed eased “tapering” fears, emerging market equity exchange traded funds saw renewed risk-on trades. However, investors shouldn’t rush into the developing economies too fast. Once a hot investment theme, BRIC – Brazil, Russia, India and China – ETFs are losing their appeal as investors’ love affair with the developing markets runs cold. “Every […]

The iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund (NYSEArca: TUR) is down about 17.5% from 2012 highs, after outperforming most other countries last year. Some investors see this as a point of entry if they are able to handle the risk. The Turkish ETF has lost 5.6% year-to-date after gaining about 65.6% last year. Investors […]

U.S. equities experienced a slight pullback on concerns that the Fed will cut back quantitative easing, but overseas markets, particularly emerging market exchange traded funds, witnessed heavy selling pressure as investors fled risky assets. The iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund (NYSEArca: TUR) was the worst performing emerging market single country ETF over the […]

Turkey stocks and the related exchange traded fund, one of the best performing emerging markets over the past year, are hitting a snag as the markets move toward risk aversion and the easy liquidity from the Fed’s QE program is being questioned. The iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Markets Index (NYSEArca: TUR) was down 2.9% Wednesday […]

Among the big four BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and China – emerging market economies, Russian stocks and related exchange traded funds are lagging behind. Now, JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) has cut its outlook on Russian equities. Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) declined 13.8% year-to-date, whereas the iShares FTSE China 25 Index Fund (NYSEArca: […]

Moving into emerging market equities space, VelocityShares, an exchange traded note provider known for its inverse and leveraged futures-related products, launched three exchange traded funds that track developing economies. According to a press release, VelocityShares launched three emerging market depositary receipt ETFs: VelocityShares Emerging Market DR ETF (NYSEArca: EMDR), VelocityShares Emerging Asia DR ETF (NYSEArca: […]