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As investors shied away from riskier assets in the wake of the Brexit results, emerging market exchange traded funds were pummeled, dipping below their long-term trend lines. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) fell 1.4% Monday and was trading below its 200-day simple moving average while the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: […]

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 […]

The Brexit dust has not even settled and exchange traded fund (ETF) options traders are already hedging against a potential slowdown in the Chinese economy as the next major unresolved risk. The ratio of bearish to bullish options on the largest ETF tracking Chinese shares listed in Hong Kong jumped to the highest level since […]

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 […]

Exchange traded fund investors will have to weigh global growth prospects with potential market hurdles for the rest of the year. On the recent webcast, Expert Mid-Year Outlook & Strategy: Bernstein, RiverFront, and Deutsche Asset Management, Peter Hooper, Managing Director & Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank Securities, argued that we are still on a growth […]

In the ongoing search for yield, exchange traded fund investors may consider diversifying with emerging market bonds to generate more attractive payouts. Supporting the global fixed-income market, central banks have implemented zero and even negative interest rate policies, along with other accommodative measures, that have pushed yields over $10 trillion in global debt into the […]

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 […]

With the Bank of Japan holding off further stimulus and concerns over the “Brexit” vote fueling safe-haven bets, the Japanese yen and currency-related exchange traded funds surged Thursday. On Thursday, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) jumped 1.6% while the ProShares Ultra Yen (NYSEArca: YCL), which tries to reflect the daily 2x or 200% […]

Investors tracking the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) should not expect any major changes to their holdings after Morgan Stanley Capital International completed its annual review of its market classification and announced it will not include Chinese mainland-traded A-shares in its key emerging market index. “International institutional investors clearly indicated that they would […]

The Nigeria country-specific exchange traded fund plunged Wednesday after the Nigerian central bank abandoned its currency peg, which many blamed for the weakened economy. The Global X Nigeria Index ETF (NYSArca: NGE) declined 12.2% Wednesday on a surge in volume of 1.3 million shares, compared to its average daily volume of 77,000, according to Morningstar […]

The Pakistan country-specific exchange traded fund surged Wednesday, with Pakistani markets touching a record high, after Morgan Stanley Capital International upgraded the former frontier economy to “emerging” status. The Global X MSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSEArca: PAK) rose 5.6% Wednesday on over three times its average daily volume. Meanwhile, the benchmark Pakistan Stock Exchange rose gained […]

ALPS Portfolio Solutions has partnered with RiverFront Investment Group to launch two actively managed bond exchange traded funds to help investors diminish downside risks without missing any upside potential. The actively managed RiverFront Dynamic Core Income ETF (NYSEArca: RFCI) and RiverFront Dynamic Unconstrained Income ETF (NYSEArca: RFUN) will seek total return, with an emphasis on […]

Columbia Threadneedle Investments has expanded its suite of exchange traded funds to include three smart-beta, index-based options that target global companies that adhere to socially responsible practices with the financial stability to support and grow future dividends. The three new ETFs include the Columbia Sustainable U.S. Equity Income ETF (NYSEArca: ESGS), Columbia Sustainable International Equity […]

Investors have looked to emerging market exchange traded funds to access potential growth opportunities in a low return environment and diversify an investment portfolio. On the recent webcast, Define Your Emerging Market Smart Beta Strategy, Mike LaBella, Portfolio Manager at QS Investors, pointed out that the developing economies are projected to expand 4.1% this year […]

Bucking global market trends on Tuesday, Chinese mainland stocks and related A-shares exchange traded funds inched higher ahead of MSCI’s indexing decision due in the evening. The db X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares Fund (NYSEArca: ASHR), the largest China A-shares-related ETF, rose 0.7% Tuesday. ASHR has declined 18.5% year-to-date. Chinese markets strengthened on bets […]

Dividend stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been among the better performing assets this year as investors steered toward value and conservative bets amidst rising uncertainty, and the dividend trade may still have legs. ‘We don’t see strong demand for dividend stocks dissipating anytime soon but suggest focusing on dividend growers,” Richard Turnill, Global Chief […]

Traditional emerging market investors may be overexposed to regional risks. Instead, traders may consider an alternative to cap-weighted index strategies, such as a smart-beta exchange traded fund that takes a more balanced macro approach the the developing countries. On the upcoming webcast, Define Your Emerging Market Smart Beta Strategy, Mike LaBella, Portfolio Manager at QS […]

The European Central Bank is expanding its quantitative easing program to include corporate debt as a way to stimulate its economy. As demand for Eurozone debt rises, investors can look to international corporate bond exchange traded funds to capitalize on the momentum. The accommodative measures, bond purchasing programs and and even negative interest rate policies […]

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 […]

Fixed-income investors may want to diversify into international corporate bond exchange traded funds that have large Eurozone exposure as the European Central Bank expands its bond purchasing program to include corporate debt. The ECB will be hoarding euro-denominated investment-grade bonds with maturities of over six months and up to 30 years from companies incorporated within […]

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. […]

Chinese A-shares and country-specific exchange traded funds experienced their largest one-day jump in almost three months on speculation that MSCI could add mainland traded Chinese stocks to its benchmark Emerging Markets Index. The Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (NYSEArca: CNXT) and Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 500 China A-Shares Small Cap Fund (NYSEArca: ASHS) led gains […]

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 […]

Metals-related exchange traded funds have enjoyed a rally this year, but traders and the miners themselves are growing more pessimistic over the future outlook. Over the past month, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 1.8%, iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) declined 4.7%, VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) dipped 0.2% and iShares MSCI Global […]

Nigerian markets and country-specific exchange traded fund are surging after the frontier country’s central bank made a policy one-eighty on exchange rates. The Global X Nigeria Index ETF (NYSArca: NGE) added another 1.2% Friday after surging 9.3% over the past week and jumping above its long-term, 200-day simple moving average. NGE is up 25.1% over […]

Despite a tepid market, India country-specific exchange traded funds stood out Thursday after strong earnings among top companies fueled optimism for further growth in the emerging economy. On Thursday, the iShares MSCI India ETF (BATS: INDA) rose 1.7%, PowerShares India Portfolio (NYSEArca: PIN) gained 1.3% and WisdomTree India Earnings ETF (NYSE: EPI) increased 1.6%. All […]

Developed markets have led the charge, with the U.S. experiencing multi-year rally, but now, investors may be turning to developing economies and emerging market-related exchange traded funds in search of untapped opportunities. We are beginning to see a shift to emerging market assets. After an encouraging first quarter, emerging market equities experienced inflows for the […]

Turkey’s country-specific exchange traded fund (ETF) and the Turkish lira strengthened Tuesday after newly elected Prime Minister kept crowd favorite Mehmet Simsek in the administration’s new cabinet. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) surged 5.8% Tuesday. TUR, though, has plunged 15.0% over the past month in response to the uncertain political climate. Related: Lone […]

The Taiwan country-specific exchange traded fund jumped Monday, testing its long-term trend line, after newly elected President Tsai Ing-wen pushed for closer economic ties with Southeast Asia and a possible increase in smartphone orders. The iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF (NYSEArca: EWT) rose 2.7% Monday and was testing its long-term resistance level at the 200-day simple […]