Global ETFs

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 […]

As the risk-off environment extends, investors are pulling out of riskier assets like emerging market exchange traded funds. However, one Latin American market is bucking the trend. Investors yanked over $1 billion out of U.S.-listed emerging market exchange traded funds over the past week, reports Kenneth Kohn for Bloomberg. Emerging-market-related ETFs saw $1.16 billion in […]

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 […]

The beleaguered Brazilian has suffered from a multi-year retreat, and the selling pressure has been overdone, potentially opening an opportunity for emerging market exchange traded fund investors. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) has declined 39.9% over the past year and showed an average -26.3% annualized return over the past three years. The […]

While U.S. equities are being dragged down by a lackluster earnings season and a weakening outlook, Indonesia’s stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds strengthened Friday on an expanding economy. On Friday, the iShares Indonesia Investable Market Index Fund ETF (NYSEarca: EIDO) gained 2.3% and Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF (NYSEarca: IDX) rose 2.0%. Both EIDO and […]

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 Japan Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBJP). The Bank of Japan has revealed that it will use whatever monetary policy […]

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 […]

China’s manufacturing sector slowed for the sixth consecutive month and contracted at its fastest pace in over three years, dragging on Chinese stock exchange traded funds and reversing a rebound in oil markets. China A-shares ETFs that track mainland Chinese stocks traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen retreated Monday, with the Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 […]

The developing world is showing uneven growth, with countries like Russia and Brazil floundering. Consequently, investors should pick their spots in the emerging markets and pay particular attention to exchange traded funds that track tech-heavy Taiwan, India, China and Korea. The deepening recession in Brazil and Russia have weakened the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India […]

The Bank of Japan unexpectedly implemented negative interest rates Friday in response to the volatile global markets that has added to its ongoing deflationary risks, bolstering Japan country-specific exchange traded funds and pulling the rug from under the yen currency. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ), the largest Japan-related ETF, was 1.8% higher Friday. […]

Despite the ongoing volatility, the Federal Reserve has not shifted away from an interest rate tightening cycle. Consequently, investors should understand the potential effects or rising rates on the markets and incorporate alternative exchange traded fund strategies to adapt to the changes. On the recent webcast, Positioning Portfolios in a Rising Rate Environment, Joe Benevento, […]

As the Federal Reserve plans a “gradual” interest rate tightening cycle, exchange traded fund investors will have to adjust their portfolios accordingly. On the upcoming webcast, Positioning Portfolios in a Rising Rate Environment, Joe Benevento, CIO for Americans and Co-Head of Global Fixed Income at Deutsche Asset Management, Sebastien Galy, FX Strategist at Deutsche Bank, […]

Investor confidence is waning in Chinese markets as a slowing economy and weakening yuan currency drag China A-shares related exchange traded funds to their lowest in 13 months. China A-shares ETFs that track mainland Chinese stocks traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen declined Tuesday, with the Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares ETF (NYSEArca: ASHR) […]

Vietnam’s internal party election is underway with plans to promote economic growth, bolstering the country-specific exchange traded fund and lifting the emerging market benchmark to its largest single-day surge in almost four years. While the broader emerging markets were lower along with global markets on increased economic uncertainty and the slide in oil prices, the […]

ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon recently appeared on CNBC to talk talk alternative investment ideas to play a more volatile market environment and mentioned the EGShares India Consumer ETF (NYSEArca: INCO) as an attractive play for a growing emerging economy. Click on the video below to hear the full interview. The opinions and forecasts expressed […]

With global volatility threatening the Eurozone economic recovery, the European Central Bank could be forced to enact more aggressive measures, potentially lifting Europe-related exchange traded funds. ECB president Mario Draghi said that officials will review their plans at the next policy session in March and stated that there are “no limits” on how far the […]

Developing markets took the brunt of the global selling pressure, but the weakness may have open opportunities for bargain hunters as some of the cheapest exchange traded funds track the emerging markets. For instance, the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) shows a 6.99 price-to-earnings ratio and SPDR S&P Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RBL) is trading […]

Investors who are using emerging market bond exchange traded funds to supplement their income needs should understand the potential risks of being exposed to this foreign debt asset. On Wednesday, emerging market borrowing costs hit their highest level in five years as investors warned of a crippling credit crunch, the Financial Times reports. The weakness […]

The ongoing selling pressure has dragged on global markets, with developed market country-specific exchange traded funds falling off as Japan and Europe dip into a bear market. British equities are joining other European markets like Germany, France and Spain in a bear market after Wednesday’s 3.5% decline in the FTSE 100 Index, reports Cecile Vannucci […]

Investors enjoy getting paid to wait. Through exchange traded funds, anyone may gain access to quality stocks with strong fundamentals and attractive yields. Dividends are a nice perk when investing, but investors should not go overboard and chase after high yields as generous dividends may often signal weak share price tied to negative views. On […]

The emerging markets have been exhibiting some uneven growth, with commodity-producing countries taking the brunt of the recent hits. However, exchange traded fund investors can take a targeted approach to specific developing countries. For instance, market observers are singling out India as a number of fundamental factors help support the emerging economy, reports Jeff Benjamin […]

Exchange traded funds that track the emerging markets experienced their worst weekly outflows since August last week. However, anxious investors may have dumped holdings prematurely as the oversold market rallied Tuesday. Investors yanked over $2.12 billion out of U.S.-listed emerging market ETFs in the week ended January 15, with China and Hong-Kong ETFs leading the […]

Chinese markets and A-shares related exchange traded funds rallied Tuesday as ongoing weakness fanned speculation that Beijing would step in to prop up the ailing economy. 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, surging 7.3% and 8.1%, respectively. […]

Volatility sent mainland Chinese equities plunging, but Chinese company stocks that trade on Hong Kong, along with H-shares related exchange traded funds, were not as heavily affected and may also offer investors a cheaper way to capture China’s growth. Over the past three months, the Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares ETF (NYSEArca: ASHR), […]

If the Federal Reserve maintains a slow and gradual interest rate hike schedule, fixed-income investors may turn to emerging market bond exchange traded funds to capture higher yields. “We believe emerging market (EM) assets, particularly currencies and select sovereign bonds, may provide the best investment opportunities in the current low-yield environment – a condition that […]

Solar panel makers and sector-related exchange traded funds could glimmer this year as government-backed installations are expected to expand in the U.S. On Friday, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT), which track global solar photovoltaic panel producers, rose 2.5% and 1.1%, respectively. The sector has experienced […]

With markets experiencing wider oscillations, low-volatility exchange traded funds are outperforming traditional broad equity market bets. As witnessed this week, international events may still trigger market volatility, notably the recent sell-off in Chinese markets. The CBOE Volatility Index and VIX-related exchange traded products also spiked Thursday after a quick plunge in Chinese markets triggered selling […]

Investors seeking to expand their portfolios beyond U.S. markets may look to international exchange traded funds. When deciding to allocate toward overseas markets, investors can look to the FTSE Global All Cap Index as a guide. Alex Bryan, an analyst covering equity strategies at Morningstar, points out that U.S. markets make up 53% of the […]