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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. […]

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 […]

Luciano Siracusano, Chief Investment Strategist at WisdomTree Investments, joined Tom Lydon, ETF Trends Publisher, at the Inside ETFs conference to discuss the dynamic foreign exchange market and currency-hedging exchange traded fund strategies. Siracusano points out that after unhedged and currency-hedged ETFs, we are now at versuib 3.0 or dynamic currency-hedged strategies. WisdomTree offers the WisdomTree […]

The European Central Bank has been implementing a loose monetary policy that dragged yields down to record lows. Consequently, dividend-paying European stocks and related exchange traded funds may strengthen as more investors turn to riskier assets. The cash reward for owning European stocks is seven times bigger than for bonds, report Sofia Horta E Costa […]

As Great Britain potentially parts ways from the European Union in the so-called Brexit, the British pound sterling dipped to a seven-year low against the U.S. dollar, with currency-related exchange traded fund falling to an all-time low. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB), which tracks the movement of GBP against the USD, fell […]

While the U.S. dollar has swung lower on the lower economic outlook, the greenback is still more likely to appreciate against foreign currencies than weaken ahead, potentially weighing on international stock exchange traded fund investments. “Fundamentally, nothing has changed,”  Robert Bush, Investment Strategist at Deutsche Bank, told ETF Trends. While the equity forecast is slightly […]

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 […]