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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 […]

When diversifying into international markets, investors are exposed to currency risks or the ebbs and flows in the foreign exchange. Consequently, one may consider a currency-hedged exchange traded fund to help remove the risks from the equation. “Currency risk can impact international equity return and risk, but full exposure is often assumed to be the […]

Smart-beta or alternative index-based exchange traded fund (ETF) strategies have quickly gained traction among financial advisors and investors seeking to enhance portfolio returns or smooth out their investment ride. On a complimentary webcast this Thursday, How Smart Beta is Getting Smarter and Why Advisors Should Pay Attention, Eric Shirbini, Global Product Specialist at ERI Scientific Beta, […]

Greek markets and country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) advanced Wednesday on bets that banks could surge if Greece and creditors can come to an accord on new bailouts and debt relief. Greek equities were bucking the broader down trend Wednesday, with the Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) up 3.0%. Nevertheless, GREK is […]

With international equities bouncing back, exchange traded fund investors seeking to diversify into overseas markets should also consider the potential currency risks associated with foreign investments. On the upcoming webcast, Currency – Hedging Matters: Simple ETF Strategies, Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset Management, Scott Kubie, Chief Investment Strategistat CLS Investments, and Kize Behrends, […]

After lagging behind other markets for most of the year, Japanese and Eurozone related exchange traded funds are gaining momentum and broke back above their long-term trend lines. Over the past three months, the iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) added 10.9% and the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ) returned 9.9%. The two ETFs, […]

Despite lingering concerns over a third bailout plan, Greek markets and country-specific exchange traded fund surged Friday, with banks leading the charge, on speculation that lenders will capitalize on the European Central Bank’s updated quantitative easing program. The Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) increased 5.6% Friday. Nevertheless, GREK was still down 9.8% […]

With the European Central Bank cutting rates, assets invested in exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded products (ETPs) listed in Europe continue to grow, reaching a new record high of US$522 billion at the end of Q1 2016. That’s according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s March 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report. […]

After underperforming the developed economies for years, emerging markets are roaring back, and exchange traded fund investors have taken notice. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) was the third most popular ETF over the past month, attracting almost $1.3 billion in net inflows, according to ETF.com. Meanwhile, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF […]

The Italian government and top lenders could come up with a plan for a state-backed fund to mend Italy’s financial sector, bolstering bank shares and country-specific exchange traded funds on Monday. The iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWI) rose 1.9% Monday and popped back above its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. The FTSE Italia […]

J.P. Morgan Asset Management has unveiled two new currency-hedged exchange traded fund adaptations of its Diversified Return Europe and International Equity offerings. The JPMorgan Diversified Return Europe Currency Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: JPEH) and JPMorgan Diversified Return International Currency Hedged Equity (NYSEArca: JPIH) began trading Monday, April 4, according to a press release. Both JPEH […]

Despite almost clawing back most of the losses from earlier this year, Europe region-specific exchange traded funds remain one of the most unloved investment themes. Investors continue to dump European stocks, which plunged 17% at the start of the year and are now near break even, even after the broader global market rally, reports Manisha […]

GLD has gained 18.9% year-to-date, with Comex gold futures now trading around $1,265 per ounce, which has helped riskier stock ETFs shine QQQ, which tracks the Nasdaq-100, rose 7.3% over past month IWM gained 8.2% over past month SPY returned 7.2% over past month Among sector bets, energy has been the best performer in the six months […]

Traders may hedge the so-called Brexit risk through the Swiss franc and currency-related ETF FXF  has been a traditional safe-haven play in times of volatility FXF has gained 1.3% year-to-date as global volatility pressured riskier assets Market observers are growing anxious as the United Kingdom contemplates breaking away from the European Union. However, traders may […]

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 […]

Financial sector ETFs maintained momentum Wednesday after stumbling at start of year Global financial sectors also rallied on Wednesday Market observers appear to be pouncing on a sector that has been underperforming in 2016 Despite a relatively tepid Wednesday, financial sector exchange traded funds maintained their momentum as bargain hunters jumped back into an oversold market segment. […]