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Turkish stocks and country-specific exchange traded fund continued its downward spiral Thursday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announced a state of emergency and concerns over capital flight in the face of further credit downgrades. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) fell 2.9% Thursday after plunging 13.5% over the past week. Turkish markets continued to fall Thursday […]

When looking to overseas markets, people have to consider the various risks associated with each sector and country. Alternatively, investors can look to a broad exchange traded fund strategy that focuses on high quality international names with sustainable advantages. On the recent webcast, ETF Strategy to Access Morningstar’s Top International Picks, Dan Lefkovitz, Content Strategist […]

Emerging market stock- and bond-related exchange traded funds are experiencing robust inflows as the lingering global easy-money environment is drawing more investors to riskier assets in search of higher returns. Emerging market bond funds are experiencing the largest inflows on record as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other big institutions joined the search for […]

With lingering concerns over the Eurozone, a post-Brexit world and growth in China, investors seeking international exposure should turn to exchange traded funds that target strongly positioned companies. On the upcoming webcast, ETF Strategy to Access Morningstar’s Top International Picks, Dan Lefkovitz Content Strategist for Indexes Morningstar, Alex Morozov, Director of European Equity Research at Morningstar, […]

The Turkey exchange traded fund plunged Monday, with Turkish markets experiencing its worst plunge in three years, after the failed coup late Friday. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) declined 6.1% Monday, dipping below both its 50- and 200-day simple moving averages. Meanwhile the 7.1% plunge in Turkey’s benchmark Borsa Istanbul 100 Index was […]

With the Japanese yen weakening and speculation Prime Minister Shinzo will augment his administration’s stimulus measures, investors interested in the Japanese equities market should consider a currency-hedged exchange traded fund strategy. The Japanese yen experienced one of its worst weeks since 1999 as the U.S. dollar appreciated to about ¥105.6 from ¥100.5 over the past […]

In a world filled with easing liquidity and depressed rates, investors funneled billions into fixed-income exchange traded funds to capitalize on central bank action and squeeze out more yields. Globally, yield-hungry investors threw $124 billion into bond ETFs so far this year, reports Rochelle Toplensky for the Financial Times. Among the most popular U.S.-listed ETFs […]

ETF Trends takes a condensed look at five new ETF products launched today, July 14. Cambria Expands on Shareholder Yield Suite Cambria launched the Cambria Emerging Shareholder Yield ETF (BATS: EYLD). EYLD tracks the Cambria Emerging Shareholder Yield Index, which is comprised of emerging market stocks ranked by dividend payments and net stock buybacks, key […]

Among the most sold off areas of markets in the aftermath of a post-Brexit world, European bank stocks and related exchange traded funds have made a strong rebound off the lows as traders anticipate further monetary easing to support the economy. The iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF (NYSEArca: EUFN) gained 2.4% Thursday after rising 7.2% […]

The socially responsible investment theme has been gaining momentum in the investment community, and Global X is capitalizing on the rising popularity with a new exchange traded fund based on well-managed companies that achieve positive outcomes. The recently launched Global X Conscious Companies ETF (NasdaqGM: KRMA) tries to reflect the performance of the Concinnity Conscious […]

The Irish economy registered a robust economic expansion, but the growth rate may be misleading as Ireland’s market and country-specific exchange traded fund remain depressed. The iShares MSCI Ireland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EIRL) declined 13.1% year-to-date and fell 8.8% over the past year. However, the declines are not matching what should be a strong economy. […]

After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition acquired a majority in the parliament’s upper house, Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds rallied on hopes that the administration would enact additional stimulus measures to support the economy. On Monday, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) rose 5.1%, iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF […]

In a post-Brexit environment, many immediately wrote-off European exposure in a knee-jerk reaction to the ongoing uncertainties. However, investors may miss out on cheap valuations in Europe-related exchange traded funds as a long-term investment opportunity. According to JPMorgan Asset Management, the European stock market has gotten too cheap to resist, with valuations on the MSCI […]

Brazil country-specific exchange traded funds were among the best performing assets Friday after the government revealed a shrinking budget deficit next year. On Friday, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) rose 4.6% and the iShares MSCI Brazil Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: EWZS) gained 4.4%. Meanwhile, the two times leveraged ProShares Ultra MSCI Brazil (NYSEArca: […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds extended its post-Brexit rally on the last day of June, ending the first half of the year on a positive note after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney assuaged market fears and signaled a potential rate cut over the summer. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.6% over […]

United Kingdom stocks and the pound sterling plunged on the Brexit vote, but a benchmark index of blue-chip UK stocks has already erased losses while the cable remains depressed, highlighting the potential currency risks that U.S. exchange traded fund investors face when looking to overseas markets. The FTSE 100 climbed to 6,360, surpassing the level […]

The recent fallout in response to the United Kingdom’s referendum vote on breaking ties with the European Union revealed the potential pitfalls international stock exchange traded fund investors face as traditional market capitalization-weighted country and sector exposure may leave investors open to unnecessary risks. “The Brexit shows the benefits of sector and country ETF diversification,” […]

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 […]