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An Italy country-specific exchange traded fund, along with Italian banks, is rallying Tuesday as the chief executive of Poland’s biggest insurer flies to Milan for talks to acquire UniCredit’s Bank Pekao. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWI) rose 2.0%. EWI, though, declined 17.0% year-to-date. PZU’s chief executive, Michal Krupinski, is going […]

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, […]

Market capitalization-weighted strategies dominate the fund industry. Alternatively, a new breed of smart-beta exchange traded funds that adhere to strict rules-based indices could help enhance an investment portfolio. On the recent webcast, Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank); Performance of ETFs Focused on Quality Stocks, Kevin O’Leary, Chairman of O’Shares Investments, said that rules-based or custom index-based […]

European markets, led by Germany and country-specific exchange traded funds, climbed Tuesday after some widely anticipated earnings beat expectations, reflecting ongoing growth in the Eurozone economy. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Germany ETF (NYSEArca: EWG) increased 2.4%, Recon Capital DAX Germany ETF (NasdaqGM: DAX) gained 2.6% and First Trust Germany AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FGM) rose 2.1%. […]

As the investment world braces for more uncertainty and market volatility, investors may consider smart-beta exchange traded fund strategies to limit drawdowns and potentially smooth out the ride. On the upcoming webcast, Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank); Performance of ETFs Focused on Quality Stocks, Brad Zucker, Senior Product Manager at FTSE Russell, Michael Venuto, Co-Founder and Chief […]

When investors think of stability among Eurozone economies and exchange traded funds, thoughts often drift to Germany, the region’s largest economy, and ETFs such as the iShares MSCI Germany ETF (NYSEArca: EWG). Currently, Germany’s benchmark DAX Index is nearing an important technical juncture. The DAX, or Deutscher Aktienindex, is comprised of 30 largest and most […]

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 […]

Bucking the broad market sell-off on Tuesday, Polish stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds rallied on a government plan to help home owners struggling to finance Swiss franc-denominated mortgages. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Poland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPOL) gained 3.8% and Market Vectors Poland ETF (NYSEArca: PLND) rose 3.2%, and both funds broke above […]

Many have been U.S.-centric with their investment portfolios, potentially missing out on opportunities in overseas markets. With exchange traded funds, investors can tap easily diversify into international equities. On the upcoming webcast, It’s a Big World – The Case for International Investing, Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset Management, Christian Hille, Managing Director and […]

Among the most sold off areas of markets in the aftermath of a post-Brexit world, European bank stocks and related exchange traded funds have made a strong rebound off the lows as traders anticipate further monetary easing to support the economy. The iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF (NYSEArca: EUFN) gained 2.4% Thursday after rising 7.2% […]

The Irish economy registered a robust economic expansion, but the growth rate may be misleading as Ireland’s market and country-specific exchange traded fund remain depressed. The iShares MSCI Ireland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EIRL) declined 13.1% year-to-date and fell 8.8% over the past year. However, the declines are not matching what should be a strong economy. […]

In a post-Brexit environment, many immediately wrote-off European exposure in a knee-jerk reaction to the ongoing uncertainties. However, investors may miss out on cheap valuations in Europe-related exchange traded funds as a long-term investment opportunity. According to JPMorgan Asset Management, the European stock market has gotten too cheap to resist, with valuations on the MSCI […]

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 […]

European markets were among the most heavily sold in the wake of the U.K.’s referendum vote. However, the Brexit sell-off may have opened up an opportunity for long-term investors to gain exposure to Europe related exchange traded funds on the cheap. European markets have been rebounding off the Brexit sell-off, with currency-hedged ETFs taking a […]

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 […]

As the Brexit referendum results triggered a global risk-off event, exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track safe-haven plays surged on the increased volatility. For instance, gold jumped the most since the 2008 financial downturn as traders turned to the Brexit haven, Bloomberg reports. Gold futures jumped as much as 8.1% on three times the average […]

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 […]

Global markets bounced Monday, with Europe-related exchange traded funds leading the charge, after polls revealed a rising number of Brits leaning toward “remain” in the upcoming “Brexit” vote. On Monday, the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF’s (NYSEArca: EWU), the largest U.K.-related ETF, and iShares MSCI United Kingdom Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: EWUS), which provides exposure to […]

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 […]

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 […]

German bond-related exchange traded products are strengthening, with benchmark German bund yields dipping to record lows, as the European Central Bank expanded its bond purchasing program, pressuring yields on fixed-income assets across the board. Year-to-date, the DB German Bond Futures ETN (NYSE Arca: BUNL), which tracks the DB USD Bund Futures Index, rose 41.5% and […]

Franklin Templeton, a long-time active fund manager, has rolled out its first group of passive global exchange traded funds that track customized or smart-beta indices. The fund provider recently launched the Franklin LibertyQ International Equity Hedged ETF (NYSEArca: FLQH), Franklin LibertyQ Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: FLQE), Franklin LibertyQ Global Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: FLQG) and Franklin […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Eurozone Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBEZ). As global markets strengthen, investors should consider currency risks, especially with the U.S. dollar […]

While U.S. equities recorded modest gains in the month of May, exchange traded fund investors largely targeted popular plays that staged a pullback, re-positioning to potentially capture further value ahead. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was the most popular ETF play of May, attracting almost $2.7 billion in net inflows, according to ETF.com data. […]

With the U.S. dollar rebounding and European markets recovering, exchange traded fund investors may want to consider a currency-hedged strategy to capture the gains while mitigating the negative effects of an appreciating USD. For example, the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ), the largest Europe currency-hedged ETF, rose 7.6% over the past three months […]

Greek markets and country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) surged Monday after Athens assuaged investors’ fears by laying the groundwork for an agreement on bailout loans and debt relief. The Global X MSCI Greece ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) gained 4.1% Monday on two times its average daily volume. GREK has increased 40.9% over the past three months […]

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 […]