Europe

Financial stocks and bank sector-related exchange traded funds have been among the worst areas of the market this year, but after the steep declines, investors may find a cheap play. The financial sector is the worst performing S&P 500 sector this year, with the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) down 17.5% year-to-date. However, some […]

Graham Tuckwell, Founder and Chairman of ETF Securities, joined Tom Lydon, ETF Trends Publisher, at the Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Florida to discuss the innovations and growth in the Exchange Traded Fund business. As the industry matures, products are growing more sophisticated and ETF providers should be active in educating investors about the proper […]

The Greece country-specific exchange traded fund broke down to an all-time low Monday as Greek equities plunged to their lowest in a quarter-century on the deepening global rout and rising yields. The Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) declined 6.9% Monday and slipped to a new low. GREK fell 19.6% year-to-date and decreased […]

When investing in overseas markets, some investors have turned to both international stocks and a currency-hedged strategy to even out foreign exchange fluctuations. Alternatively, people can look to partial currency-hedged exchange traded funds to help diminish currency risks, especially as the U.S. dollar experiences short-term volatility. “Investors are being whipsawed by gyrations in the currency […]

With the equities markets experiencing one of their worst stumbles in years, exchange traded fund investors may turn to low-volatility strategies that could help hedge the risks and diminish a portfolio’s swings. “Low volatility is one of the few factors that have historically performed well in turbulent markets,” according to a MSCI research note, Constructing […]

Despite the ongoing volatility, the Federal Reserve has not shifted away from an interest rate tightening cycle. Consequently, investors should understand the potential effects or rising rates on the markets and incorporate alternative exchange traded fund strategies to adapt to the changes. On the recent webcast, Positioning Portfolios in a Rising Rate Environment, Joe Benevento, […]

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 […]

The ongoing selling pressure has dragged on global markets, with developed market country-specific exchange traded funds falling off as Japan and Europe dip into a bear market. British equities are joining other European markets like Germany, France and Spain in a bear market after Wednesday’s 3.5% decline in the FTSE 100 Index, reports Cecile Vannucci […]

With the U.S. equities market expected to slow down this year, exchange traded fund investors may want to look to overseas markets, like the Eurozone or Japan. Citi strategists downgraded U.S. equities Tuesday, citing potential negative impact of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and stalling corporate profitability, reports Matt Clinch for CNBC. “Fading EPS momentum […]

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 a Federal Reserve-induced multi-year rally in equities, exchange traded fund investors pulled out of U.S. stocks and shifted into international markets where people may still find more attractive valuations. For instance, the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ) was the most popular ETF of 2015, attracting close to $14.0 billion in net inflows […]

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 […]

As investors take a hard look at their investment portfolios to potentially rebalance positions for the year ahead, people may consider exchange traded funds to better capture value and diversify across the global market. The markets have seen benchmark equity indices flatten out after a multi-year rally, U.S. Treasury yields stubbornly hold on to record […]

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. […]

The Netherlands country-specific exchange traded fund could be a good way to capture a strengthening economy that Standard & Poor’s just upgraded to a sterling triple-A rating. Investors looking for lower beta single-country exposure to Eurozone economies have some credible options, including the iShares MSCI Netherlands ETF (NYSEArca: EWN), the lone U.S.-listed exchange traded fund […]

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 […]

Investors may consider small-cap Europe exchange traded fund for their cheaper valuations and potential growth opportunity in a seasonally strong period. Lamar Villere, co-manager of the Villere Balanced Fund, argues that small-caps are where investors should be now, reports Reem Nasr for CNBC. We are heading toward a seasonally strong period for the small-cap asset […]

More financial advisors are including exchange traded funds that track smart-beta or factor-based indexing methodologies, notably low-volatility and equal-weight strategies. Over two thirds of financial advisors using ETFs have invested in smart-beta funds, according to FTSE Russell. Among financial advisors, those utilizing smart-beta ETFs tend to be younger, have a higher share of assets under […]

Portugal’s markets and country-specific exchange traded fund plunged Monday on political uncertainty after leftist groups formed a coalition to oust the center-right government and potentially disrupt recovery measures. The Global X FTSE Portugal 20 ETF (NYSEArca: PGAL) fell 3.6% Monday, dipping below its short-term 50-day simple moving average. Portugal’s PSI 20 Index closed 4.4% lower […]

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 […]

Investors are using exchange traded funds to slice and dice the emerging markets. While broad emerging market ETFs have lost $6 billion in outflows over the past three years, country-specific ETFs that target emerging economies have seen $7 billion in inflows, reports Eric Balchunas for Bloomberg. “This indicates that at least some investors are breaking […]

After the summer pullback, investors dived back into stock exchange traded funds over October, adding to the best monthly equity market rally in four years. U.S.-listed stock ETFs attracted more inflows over October than the rest of the year combined, reports Eric Balchunas for Bloomberg. Equity ETFs saw $10 billion in net inflows over October, […]

Refining its currency-hedged exchange traded fund suite, WisdomTree is working on a smart-beta currency adjustment strategy that could minimize losses and maximize gains as foreign currencies fluctuate. Wisdomtree has filed with Securities and Exchange Commission for four separate “Dynamic” currency-hedged ETFs, including: WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged Europe Equity Fund WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged Japan Equity […]

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 […]