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Following the political battle of words between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican hopeful Donald Trump, many believed Clinton took the upper hand, with emerging market exchange traded funds coming out as a clear winner. Emerging markets, notably Mexico and Indonesia, were among the winners of Monday’s debate as many investors believed a Clinton […]

A consumer emerging market exchange traded fund can provide investors targeted exposure to a quickly growing segment of developing global economies. On the recent webcast, The Emerging Markets Consumer is Online, Kevin Carter, Founder of EMQQ Index, pointed to five factors that support emerging market growth, including diversification benefits, total population, favorable demographics, economic growth […]

Investors typically focus on U.S. stocks because they are most familiar with the market. However, people may be leaving money on the table as international equities and related exchange traded funds offer many opportunities. International stocks offer higher dividend yields and attractive valuations. “Still looking for yields?” Sean Adkins, Director of Asset & Wealth management […]

With recent talks of a Federal Reserve rate hike and bond yields ticking higher, some are concerned of another taper-tantrum event that could pressure developing market debt. Nevertheless, emerging market bond exchange traded funds may still find support as one of the few areas that investors can generate decent yields. “The search for yield is […]

Developed markets have made a rapid recovery in the years following the financial crisis and outperformed developing economies. After being left behind, emerging market exchange traded funds may now offer better opportunities for investors as developed markets begin to taper off. “EM equities still enjoy the benefit of low growth expectations and relatively attractive valuations,” […]

Investors have turned to alternative avenues of income, like real estate investment trusts, in their search for income. Those who wish to allocate toward REITs should also consider a exchange traded funds that provide global exposure as a significant portion of the opportunity set lies outside our borders. “Global real estate offers unique features and […]

Investors largely target markets they know, and for U.S. investors, most focus on domestic stocks. However, you may be missing out by avoiding international stocks and exchange traded funds. “Looking beyond our borders to international equities can have benefits for U.S.-based investors,” according to a Deutsche Asset Management white paper. By excluding international exposure, investors […]

As a relatively new approach to accessing the markets, multi-factor smart beta exchange traded funds should be fully understood before investors begin shifting core positions from traditional market cap-weighted beta-index funds. On the recent webcast, Key Questions for Factor Investors, Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset Management, argued that investors should consider smart beta […]

Investment-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds may still have legs as global central banks continue to combat stubbornly low inflation expectations and extend stimulus measures. “The ECB and Bank of England (BOE) both started buying non-financial corporate bonds this year, driving down corporate credit spreads globally,” BlackRock strategists, led by Richard Turnill, said in a […]

The new breed of smart-beta exchange traded funds are still passive in nature, like their traditional beta-indexed counterparts, but they are also based on a strict set of rules or factors that help differentiate them from the rest. On the upcoming webcast this Thursday, Key Questions for Factor Investors, Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche […]

Coal exchange traded funds climb on an insatiable Chinese demand for foreign supply with a growing shortage at home. On Tuesday, the VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (NYSEArca: KOL), which tracks the coal industry, jumped 4.5% and the GreenHaven Coal Fund (NYSEArca: TONS), which is designed to offer investors with exposure to daily changes in the […]

Investors who want to bolster their income portfolios and generate a little extra yield should consider emerging market bond exchange traded funds. Some, though, may be loath to diversify into emerging market debt, associating the developing economies with higher risks. However, these markets also offer bonds with relatively low credit risks. “While some investors view […]

With Federal Reserve interest rate expectations muted after the weak August jobs data, emerging market exchange traded funds rebounded in response to investors’ continued search for yield. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) and Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) both rose 1.3% on Friday after dipping 0.7% and 0.6% over the […]

In a month marked by flat U.S. markets, with thin and narrow trading, exchange traded fund investors sought out areas of higher return, targeting emerging market assets over August. Among the most popular ETF trades,  the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) and Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO), the two largest emerging […]

Greece’s largest banks surged Wednesday on a profitable earnings season, bolstering the Greek country-specific exchange traded fund. The Global X MSCI Greece ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) jumped 3.1% Wednesday and was trading back above its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. Supporting the Greek markets, some of the country’s largest banks revealed profits in the second quarter. […]

Smart beta exchange traded funds have gained a lot traction in the investment community. The alternative index-based strategies were initially based on a single theme or factor, but now, investors can track multiple-factor investments in a single ETF to gain greater diversification benefits and smooth out their ride. In the beginning, smart beta ETFs that […]

Brazil country-specific exchange traded funds are bouncing on optimism that President Dilma Rousseff will finally be removed from office and that a new administration may steer the economy toward growth. On Monday, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) increased 2.9%, VanEck Vectors Brazil Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: BRF) rose 2.9% and iShares MSCI Brazil […]

First Trust Advisors expanded its line of actively managed exchange traded fund strategies with two new options that seeks to generate alpha while mitigating expected volatility in both domestic and developed international markets. The new actively managed First Trust Horizon Managed Volatility Domestic ETF (NYSEArca: HUSV) and the First Trust Horizon Managed Volatility Developed International […]

Nigerian stocks and its country-specific exchange traded fund are reeling, again, after the central bank suspended nine commercial banks from foreign exchange transactions for not paying money owed to the government. The Global X Nigeria Index ETF (NYSArca: NGE) fell 1.4% Thursday after dropping 3.1% the previous session. NGE has declined 35.7% over the past […]

Developing countries and emerging market exchange traded funds have experienced high inflows and delivered a strong performance in recent weeks, but investors should still pick their spots as the various economies can exhibit uneven growth. A number of factors helped support the emerging market play, including signs of stabilization in China, leveling of commodity prices […]

South African police reportedly ordered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to its offices, fueling speculation that the Treasury chief may be replaced and upending the South African rand currency and country-specific exchange traded fund. The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) plunged 2.9% Tuesday. South Africa has been one of the better performing emerging markets of […]

An Italy country-specific exchange traded fund, along with Italian banks, is rallying Tuesday as the chief executive of Poland’s biggest insurer flies to Milan for talks to acquire UniCredit’s Bank Pekao. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWI) rose 2.0%. EWI, though, declined 17.0% year-to-date. PZU’s chief executive, Michal Krupinski, is going […]

Emerging markets and related exchange traded funds faltered on increased speculation that the Federal Reserve may still hike interest rates later this year. Developing market stocks have been this year’s comeback kid, with the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging market […]

With the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and the China Securities Regulatory Commission approving the much anticipated Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect program, China is opening up its capital markets and could ultimately benefit investors seeking exposure to Chinese markets through A-shares-related exchange traded funds. The Shenzhen-Hong Kong link effectively removes one of the obstacles […]

Investors are throwing money into developing country equity funds at their quickest pace in 58 weeks, with popular emerging market exchange traded funds among the most popular picks over the past week, as depressed rates around the world push people to riskier and higher yielding assets. Emerging market equity funds attracted $5.1 billion in inflows […]

Diversified emerging markets exchange traded funds, such as the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets ETFs by assets, are finally displaying leadership traits after several years of disappointments. Importantly, some traders believe the solid performances notched this year by EEM […]

The Gavekal Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF (NYSEArca: KLDW), the first exchange traded fund based on the so-called Knowledge Effect, has been an outperforming international play. Since its inception as of July 31, 2016, KLDW has outpaced the MSCI World Index by over 5.5 percentage points. Over the past year, KLDW increased 7.4% while the […]

Despite robust accommodative measures, the Japanese economy is suffering from slow growth and has been weighed down by weak exports and business investment, diminishing the outlook for Japan country-specific exchange traded funds. Japan’s economy stalled in the second quarter, expanding an annualized 0.2% in the April through June quarter, compared to the 2% expansion in […]

Mainland Chinese markets and related China A-shares exchange traded funds rallied Monday on hopes of a formal announcement to a Shenzhen-Hong Kong trading link. Leading the market surge on Monday, the VanEck Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (NYSEArca: PEK) rose 4.2%, VanEck Vectors ChinaAMC CSI 300 ETF (NYSEArca: CNXT) gained 3.8% and db X-trackers Harvest CSI […]

The Brexit vote in June sent United Kingdom stocks on a wild ride, and currency-hedged U.K. exchange traded funds have been a clear winner in the aftermath. Since the June 23 close, the day prior to the watershed United Kingdom referendum vote on European Union membership, currency-hedged U.K. ETFs have rebounded from their initial knee-jerk sell-off, […]