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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, […]

European markets, led by Germany and country-specific exchange traded funds, climbed Tuesday after some widely anticipated earnings beat expectations, reflecting ongoing growth in the Eurozone economy. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Germany ETF (NYSEArca: EWG) increased 2.4%, Recon Capital DAX Germany ETF (NasdaqGM: DAX) gained 2.6% and First Trust Germany AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FGM) rose 2.1%. […]

As the investment world braces for more uncertainty and market volatility, investors may consider smart-beta exchange traded fund strategies to limit drawdowns and potentially smooth out the ride. On the upcoming webcast, Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank); Performance of ETFs Focused on Quality Stocks, Brad Zucker, Senior Product Manager at FTSE Russell, Michael Venuto, Co-Founder and Chief […]

After Moody’s Investors Service’s decided to delay its decision on Turkey’s credit rating, investors jumped back into the emerging market in search of higher yields, pushing the country-specific exchange traded fund above its long-term trend line. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) rose 3.0% Monday, testing its resistance at the 50- and 200-day simple […]

As global central banks enact ever-looser monetary policies, yield-starved investors around the world are now turning to the attractive payouts from the developing markets. U.S. investors can also gain exposure to emerging market dividend stocks through exchange traded funds. “Investors are switching into EM stocks for yield ‘income’ given a lack of bond income in […]

Bucking the broad market sell-off on Tuesday, Polish stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds rallied on a government plan to help home owners struggling to finance Swiss franc-denominated mortgages. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Poland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPOL) gained 3.8% and Market Vectors Poland ETF (NYSEArca: PLND) rose 3.2%, and both funds broke above […]

After the United Kingdom referendum vote, market observers are eyeing China as the next potential trouble spot. Emerging market investors who are wary of further weakness in China can look to a broad exchange traded fund that specifically excludes Chinese market exposure. Albert Edwards of the Societe Generale Group argued that the stealth renminbi (RMB) […]

Ever since the Brexit vote, emerging markets have taken center stage, but the various developing economies are not all the same. Investors, though, can take targeted exposure to certain markets through country-specific exchange traded funds. The emerging market outlook has improved on signs of economic stabilization in China, recovering commodity prices and a depreciating U.S. […]

The Bank of Japan extended its stimulus measures, supporting Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds. As part of its expanded stimulus plan, The BOJ decided to increase ETF purchases so its total holdings rose at an annual pace of ¥6 trillion, or $58 billion, up from the current ¥3.3 trillion, Reuters reports. “Japan is […]

In light of ongoing global volatility, Legg Mason launched an international currency-hedged exchange traded fund version of its popular low-volatility, high-dividend strategy. The newly added Legg Mason International Low Volatility High Dividend ETF (BATS: LVHI) will target international stocks that come with low volatility and high dividends. LVHI has a 0.40% expense ratio. The new […]

Investors may be missing out on potential opportunities by focusing too much on the United States. Instead, one can utilize exchange traded funds to gain exposure to international markets and diversify an investment portfolio. On the recent webcast, It’s a Big World – The Case for International Investing, Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset […]

Many have been U.S.-centric with their investment portfolios, potentially missing out on opportunities in overseas markets. With exchange traded funds, investors can tap easily diversify into international equities. On the upcoming webcast, It’s a Big World – The Case for International Investing, Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset Management, Christian Hille, Managing Director and […]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced an additional stimulus package to support the economy, sending the yen lower and supporting market gains, with currency-hedged Japan exchange traded funds leading the charge. On Wednesday, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) rose 1.6%, iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: HEWJ) gained 1.0% and Deutsche […]

People should begin to lower expectations after years of fast and high growth. In the new low-growth environment ahead, exchange traded fund investors, though, may find higher returns in international stocks category, notably emerging market equities, along with private equity. “Our five-year return assumptions have steadily moved lower since the financial crisis, amid weak global […]

After the Brexit vote, the British pound sterling has been depreciating but large-cap exporters are capitalizing on the weaker currency, lifting currency-hedged United Kingdom exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the Deutsche X-Trackers MSCI United Kingdom Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBUK) increased 8.9%, iShares Currency Hedged MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: HEWU) gained 9.5% and  WisdomTree United […]

Once among the worst performing commodity segments, the coal industry and related exchange traded funds have staged a big rebound this year after China cut capacity and caught short traders by surprise. Year-to-date, the VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (NYSEArca: KOL), which tracks the coal industry, jumped 64.0% and the GreenHaven Coal Fund (NYSEArca: TONS), which […]

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 […]