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After Europe and Japan enacted negative interest rate policies, overseas investors have steered toward gold bullion to protect their wealth against depreciating currencies. U.S. investors can also capitalize on this growing trend with gold-related exchange traded funds priced in euro and yen currency terms. Gold sales in Japan jumped in March after the Bank of […]

Autopilot Hedged ETF can help ride out potential shifting trends in the euro currency Prior to December last year, ETF investors could hedge in only one direction Investors can automatically switch between hedged and unhedged positions with BATS PAEU With the foreign exchange market proving to be unpredictable at times, investors interested in European market exposure […]

Euro currency ETFs strengthen as investors digest expanded stimulus policy Stronger euro currency helped prop up the non-hedged Eurzone ETFs European stocks also pushed higher earlier after the ECB said it would lower deposit rates to minus 0.4% from minus 0.3% The euro currency exchange traded fund strengthened and Eurozone equities reversed earlier gains, as investors […]

Depreciating Euro currency helps Eurozone ETFs Stronger-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data send euro currency to one-month low against the U.S. dollar BMW among auto stocks that jumped thanks to depreciating euro Eurozone exchange traded funds bounced back above short-term trend as the depreciating Euro currency helped improve the export industry’s outlook. The non-hedged iShares MSCI EMU ETF […]

Traders found solace in safe-haven currency exchange traded funds as global uncertainty fueled the risk-off environment. On Tuesday, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was up 1.0%, CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) gained 0.8% and CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust (NYSEArca: FXF) was 1.6% higher. Over the past week, FXE added 2.7%, FXY increased […]

The U.S. dollar plunged Wednesday, with a greenback-related exchange traded fund dipping below its long-term trend line, as the worsening economic outlook and ongoing volatility added to skepticism that the Federal Reserve would pull the trigger on another rate hike anytime soon. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) fell 2.0% Wednesday, […]

With global volatility threatening the Eurozone economic recovery, the European Central Bank could be forced to enact more aggressive measures, potentially lifting Europe-related exchange traded funds. ECB president Mario Draghi said that officials will review their plans at the next policy session in March and stated that there are “no limits” on how far the […]

While volatility racked the markets, currency exchange traded funds that track safe-haven currencies like the euro, Japanese yen and Swiss franc strengthened. On Friday, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was up 0.4%, CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) gained 0.9% and CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust (NYSEArca: FXF) was 0.9% higher. FXY has been […]

European stocks and region-specific exchange traded funds were among the best international markets as the European Central Bank’s loose monetary policies added to the early year rally. Eurozone equities were leading during the first half of the year as the ECB enacted an aggressive bond purchasing program and cut rates. However, the markets soured on […]

After the Federal Reserve announced the start of higher interest rates, the weaker euro currency, along with the improved outlook for European exporters, is supporting currency-hedged Europe exchange traded funds. Euro-currency hedged ETFs, which diminish the negative effects of a stronger dollar or weaker euro currency, outpaced other Europe ETFs as the falling euro helped […]

The Eurozone euro and Japanese yen, along with currency-related exchange traded funds, are bouncing back as a spike in volatility pushed traders to safer corners of the market. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) rose 0.7% Friday and broke back above its 200-day simple moving average. The CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was […]

Eurozone equities and region-related exchange traded funds bounced back Friday as bargain hunters pounced on a cheap opportunity following a steep sell-off on disappointing European Central Bank action. On Friday, the iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) rose 0.8% and the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ) gained 0.9% after European stocks saw their worst […]

The Eurozone currency and euro-related exchange traded funds surged Thursday after the European Central Bank disheartened markets with bare-bone stimulus measures and triggered a short squeeze. The CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) rose 2.8% Thursday, with the euro currency up 2.8% to $1.0915 mid-day. Meanwhile, the leveraged long euro ETFs ProShares Ultra Euro (NYSEArca: […]

Currency-hedged Eurozone exchange traded funds bounced Wednesday as the euro weakened and European markets strengthened on speculation the European Central Bank is considering additional bond purchases and fining banks to deter cash hoarding. On Wednesday, the iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) rose 1.0% and the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ) was 0.9% higher. […]

Some things go unnoticed. For example, the S&P 500 rallied 13% off its closing lows (1867) set in late August. Lost in the shuffle? The popular benchmark has yet to revisit its closing highs (2130) registered back in May. In essence, the corrective activity that began in the springtime as a function of a faltering […]

Investor hopes for a quickening expansion in the Eurozone and regional-related exchange traded funds were tempered Friday after worse-than-expected economic growth numbers. On Friday, the iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) was down 0.7% and the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ) was 0.8% lower. The two ETFs both focus on Eurozone countries. The CurrencyShares […]

As international central banks enact loose monetary policies, foreign investors have turned to U.S. government debt for higher yields, supporting gains in the U.S. dollar and currency-related exchange traded funds. For instance, the U.S. two-year Treasury note currently yields about 0.83% while the Germany Bund 2-year yield is minus 0.32%. The interest rate differential in […]

Currency-hedged Europe exchange traded funds capitalized on the plunge in the euro and surge in equities Thursday after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi signaled that another round of stimulus measures may be implemented this year. On Thursday, the iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) rose 1.5% and the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ) […]

The Federal Reserve and European Central Bank are looking at diverging monetary policies where we could see higher interest rates in the U.S. and greater stimulus across the pond. Consequently, international investors and currency exchange traded fund traders should be wary of the currency implications. While the Fed has not pulled the trigger on a […]

The euro dipped to a two-week low after the European Central Bank signaled an increase in monetary stimulus to prop up a flagging economy. Exchange traded fund currency traders can also hedge against further weakness through inverse strategies. Currency traders who are looking to profit off any potential weakness in the EUR ahead can utilize […]

Global equities sold off over the past week, sending many markets below their long-term trends. However, bargain hunters may find that the recent pullback opens a buying opportunity, especially in European stocks and related exchange traded funds. “One example of a region that has been particularly hard hit, probably excessively, is Europe,” according to Russ […]

Currency exchange traded funds that track the euro, Japanese yen and Swiss franc moves against the U.S. dollar are among the few assets turning a positive return Monday as global markets plunged. On Monday, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was up 1.8%, CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) gained 2.7% and CurrencyShares Swiss […]

The global risk-off environment and improving conditions in the Eurozone are contributing to a jump in the euro currency and related exchange traded fund. The CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) rose 1.2% Monday and is coming up against its short-term, 50-day moving average. FXE has gained 1.2% over the past week but still remains […]

Investors who want to hedge against another volatile event in Europe could take a look at short, or inverse, Europe-related exchange traded funds. For instance, after the weekend breakdown in negotiations between the Greek government and creditors put the country closer to a default and exit from the Eurozone, the ProShares UltraShort FTSE Europe (NYSEArca: […]

The U.S. dollar and related currency exchange traded funds will likely continue to strengthen as traders front-run the Federal Reserve. Year-to-date, 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 euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish […]

Signs of an improving economy are helping the U.S. dollar and currency-related exchange traded funds recover from a two-month sell-off. Since the May 15 lows, 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 euro, Japanese yen, British […]

Peripheral Eurozone markets, along with related country-specific exchange traded funds, are retreating as public discontent on austerity measures fuels another round of debt concerns, with bond yields rising again. Heightening the recent concerns, Spain’s municipal and regional elections held Sunday added to government debt risks as the upstart anti-austerity party gained momentum, reports Alen Mattich […]

The U.S. dollar is depreciating against foreign currencies on Federal Reserve rate expectations, but the USD and currency-related exchange traded funds still remain a long-term play. Over the past month, 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 […]

Eurozone currency-related exchange traded funds have regained their footing after tumbling for most of the year, with the euro moving toward a two-month high against the U.S. dollar Thursday. The CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was up 0.7% Thursday, with the the euro currency trading as high as $1.125, after strengthening 3.6% over the […]

After the recent fall off, the U.S. dollar and currency-related exchange traded funds may now offer a more attractive entry point for traders seeking to hedge further swings in the foreign exchange market. Since its March 13 high, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the […]