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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 […]

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 […]

Polish equities and country-specific exchange traded funds rebounded Monday after Moody’s confirmed the rating for the emerging market, assuaging fears that the ratings agency would follow Standard and Poor’s credit cut. On Monday, the iShares MSCI Poland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPOL) gained 3.5% and Market Vectors Poland ETF (NYSEArca: PLND) rose 3.4%. Monday’s bounce is […]

Global central banks have cut interest rates to near zero, with some pushing into negative territory. As yield-starved global investors seek alternative avenues of income, more may turn to relatively more attractive U.S. government debt, supporting U.S. Treasuries-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). For instance, after the Bank of Japan implemented negative interest rates, BlackRock’s fixed-income […]

Peruvian equities and country-specific exchange traded fund investors breathed a sigh of relief as a recent ruling helped ease fears that MSCI indexing would downgrade the emerging market to frontier status. The iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPU) gained 2.8% Friday. Peru has also been one of the best performing emerging market this […]

In anticipation of rising inflationary pressures ahead, fixed-income investors have turned to a number of Treasury inflation protected securities and bond-related exchange traded funds. U.S. core inflation, which excludes more volatile oil and food prices, increased 0.1% in March, according to Reuters. Core CPI also ran 2.2% in March year-over-year after gaining 2.3% in February. […]

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 […]

Volatility is a reoccurring hurdle that has weighed on investment portfolios. However, investors can utilize disciplined smart-beta index based exchange traded funds (ETFs) as a way to better control the risks. On a complimentary upcoming webcast this Thursday, J.P. Morgan’s Market Outlook and ETF Strategy for 2016, Jillian DelSignore, Executive Director and Head of ETF Distribution […]

Bonds have regained their momentum this year, but after a multi-year run, many traditional fixed-income assets look pricey or overvalued. Alternatively, investors may consider opportunities in exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track emerging market debt. Investors may be attracted to the cheaper valuations and wider yield premiums that emerging market bonds offer over safe-haven government […]

The foreign exchange market, or forex, is the largest, most liquid financial market in the world. Investors can easily track currency moves through exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors who want exposure to a forex exchange market without dealing with futures or directly with a forex account may be better suited trading in currency ETFs, which […]

Philippines markets and country-specific exchange traded fund (ETF) surged Tuesday as Rodrigo Duterte’s tried to assuage investor uncertainty, following his victory in the nation’s presidential election. The iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE) gained 4.9% Tuesday, breaking above its resistance at the 200-day simple moving average and testing its short-term, 50-day resistance. EPHE dipped 6.6% […]

Brazilian equities and country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been rallying on the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff and her feckless administration. However, the impeachment proceedings has hit a hurdle, triggering volatile swings in the emerging market. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) was down 2.0% Monday after plunging as much as 7.2% […]

Global mining stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds plunged Monday over Chinese growth concerns after the emerging economy revealed weak trade data. The broad iShares MSCI Global Metals & Mining Producers ETF (NYSEArca: PICK) dropped 5.8% Monday. Additionally, the more focused VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEArca: SLX) plunged 7.2%, VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) […]

As markets move toward the late-cycle phase of the normal business cycle, investors should look to areas like the materials sector and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). With the economy recovery maturing, the materials sector, which is closely tied to the prices of raw materials, have traditionally done well as inflation rises and late-cycle economic […]

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) and sector-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a good source of attractive payouts in a low-yield environment. REITs are securities that trade like a stock and invest in real estate directly through property ownership or mortgages. Consequently, revenue are mainly generated through rents or interest on mortgage loans. To qualify […]

After testing its long-term support level on a precipitous sell-off in response to a political power struggle this week, the Turkey exchange traded fund (ETF) rebounded Thursday. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) rose 1.8% Thursday after plunging 12.9% over the past three sessions, which briefly sent TUR below its long-term, 200-day simple moving […]

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 […]

In a bid to assuage deflation concerns, the Reserve Ban of Australia cut its official rate to a historic low Tuesday, triggering a sell-off in the Aussie dollar and potentially lifting currency-hedged country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs). The CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust (NYSEArca: FXA), which tracks the Aussie against the U.S. dollar, fell 2.0% Tuesday […]

Despite the global weakness, Chinese A-shares market and country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) rallied Tuesday on speculation Beijing would back the equities market. 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 Tuesday, rising 2.3% and 2.4%, respectively. The China A-shares […]

Japanese markets closed lower Monday, but on the other side of the globe, U.S.-listed Japan country-specific exchange traded funds bounced as speculators tried to catch the falling knife. Japanese stocks plunged Monday, with the Nikkei 225 Index down 3.1%, on the yen currency’s jump to a one-and-a-half year high against the U.S. dollar, weak earnings […]

Water stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have rallied this year as investors turned to more conservative utility plays, but the sector may still have legs as the world confronts increasing fresh water scarcity. Year-to-date, the First Trust ISE Water ETF (NYSEArca: FIW) and PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio (NYSEArca: PHO), which both track U.S. companies […]

In stark contrast to market expectations of further intervention to stimulate a stagnating economy, the Bank of Japan opted to stand pat Thursday, triggering a surge in the Japanese yen and currency-related exchange traded fund. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) jumped 3.2% Thursday as the U.S. dollar depreciated 3.0% to ¥108.2. Meanwhile, the […]