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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 […]

As more take a second look at the developing world, fixed-income investors can also tap the emerging markets through local currency debt-related exchange traded funds. BlackRock Inc. believes that central bank cuts across the emerging markets will extended the largest surge in debt in at least 13 years, Bloomberg reports. “We are in a sweet […]

Exchange traded fund investors have largely shunned developing economies as the area underperformed developed markets over the past few years. As more look to diversify away from an aging bull rally in the U.S., investors should consider re-allocating toward the developing world. According to a recent Emerging Global Advisors survey on investor sentiment, less than […]

The Saudi Arabia country-specific exchange traded fund surged Monday on prospects the kingdom will enact economic reforms to gradually diversify away from its reliance on crude oil. The iShares MSCI Saudi Arabia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: KSA) rose 4.9% on Monday. KSA increased 18.2% over the past three months but it was still down 4.1% year-to-date. […]

Japanese equities bounced Friday, with currency-hedged exchange traded funds leading the charge on a weakening yen, as speculators bet the Bank of Japan will give banks a helping hand. Currency hedged ETFs, which diminished the negative effect of a weaker yen currency, outpaced non-hedged funds, on Friday. For instance, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund […]

The developing markets have been falling behind developed stocks for the past few years, but as once outperforming plays grow long in the tooth, investors are taking a second look at the more cheaply valued emerging market exchange traded funds. Over the past five years, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and iShares […]

As investors begin to reconsider the beaten-down developing economies, Deutsche Asset Management has launched a new smart-beta emerging market exchange traded fund with a quality tilt. Robert Bush, Investment Strategist at Deutsche Bank, told ETF Trends that the emerging markets have been stabilizing and investors are beginning to funnel money back into the asset category. […]

When investing in overseas markets, investors should consider a currency-hedged international stock exchange traded fund to help diminish volatility associated with foreign exchange risks. “Since 1978, currencies have increased volatility 91% of the time over five-year rolling periods, contributing 2.7% more volatility on average each year,” Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset Management, said […]

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% […]

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 […]

Chinese markets and country-specific exchange traded funds gained momentum Wednesday after Beijing revealed a surge in exports, renewing confidence in the global economy. On Wednesday, the iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI), the largest China-related ETF that tracks Chinese companies listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, rose 3.5% while the SPDR S&P China ETF […]

Emerging market exchange traded fund investors should watch out for potential trouble spots after the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic forecast on Tuesday, pointing to notable weakness in some developing economies. “While growth in emerging market and developing economies still accounts for the lion’s share of projected world growth in 2016, prospects across […]

As the European Central Bank embarks on a bond purchasing binge, the quantitative easing event has depressed yields across the Eurozone and pushed many toward riskier assets in search of higher payouts. Fixed-income investors may capitalize on the shift with high-yield international bond exchange traded funds that include European debt exposure. The ECB has enacted […]

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 […]

Peruvian stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds rallied Monday as two pro-market candidates push ahead in an ongoing presidential race. The iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPU) surged 10.6% Monday. Meanwhile, Peru’s benchmark S&P BVL General Index gained 10.5% to 12,475.7, its largest daily jump since November 2008, reports Eduardo Thomson for Bloomberg. […]

Despite Thursday’s pullback, exchange traded fund flows suggest investors are in a risk-on rally mode as ETFs that track safe-haven assets have been experiencing redemptions. The equities market have been bouncing back over the past month, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) rising 3.0%, as investors turned risk-on after stocks dipped into a […]

Without much confidence in the Bank of Japan’s ability to stem the tide of a strengthening currency, the Japanese yen and related exchange traded funds have hit an 18-month high. On Tuesday, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) jumped 1.4% while the ProShares Ultra Yen (NYSEArca: YCL), which tries to reflect the daily 2x […]

While the Federal Reserve has revealed its intent to hike interest rates some time this year, fixed-income yields may remain depressed and bond related exchange traded funds could more room to run. On the upcoming webcast, Dynamic Fixed Income Strategies for 2016, David Mazza, Managing Director and Head of ETF & Mutual Fund Research at […]

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 […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds slipped on the last day of March, ending the month on a muted note after a wild quarter that pushed the markets into a correction before clawing back the losses on swift rebound. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.5% over the first quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, the […]

Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down for “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where he highlights big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, he looked at the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NYSEArca: EMB). As the emerging markets rebound, fixed-income investors may look to this emerging […]

One of the leading index providers is once again looking into adding Chinese A-shares into its developing market benchmark, potentially raising the China exposure of a popular emerging market exchange traded fund play. MSCI Indexes issued a new “inclusion roadmap,” a consultation paper for client feedback, to include Chinese A-shares in its Emerging Markets Index […]

Corn prices and the commodity-related exchange traded funds plunged Thursday on a double whammy of expanding stockpiles and increased planting despite an oversupplied market. The Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) fell 5.0% Thursday as CBOT corn futures declined 4.5% to $3.505 per bushel. CORN is down 0.6% year-to-date and 18.6% lower over the past year. […]

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 […]

An exchange traded fund that tracks emerging market currencies has surged against the U.S. dollar as currencies from the developing economies experience their best month in 18 years. The WisdomTree Emerging Currency Strategy Fund (NYSEArca: CEW) jumped 5.0% so far this month and was 4.3% higher year-to-date. CEW tracks the U.S. dollar against the Mexican […]

With the Federal Reserve holding back its interest-rate-hike trigger finger and an improved earnings outlook, emerging market traders have regained their risk appetite, bolstering Chinese stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds. 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 Wednesday, […]

Frank Holmes, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of US Global Investors, joined ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon to discuss the experience of launching an exchange traded fund. US Global Investors stepped into the ETF arena last year, launching the U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEArca: JETS), the only dedicated airline industry-related ETF on the market. Click […]