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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. […]

Ireland and Spain are among the fastest growing economies in the Eurozone. Investors interested in gaining exposure to the strengthening markets can utilize country-specific exchange traded funds. Ireland announced a delayed first quarter results, revealing a 1.4% month-over-month growth, with an impressive 6.5% annual growth rate, Reuters reports. The Irish economy expanded by an upwardly […]

After the new Greek government assuaged fears of a write-down on debt and growing instability in the region, exchange traded funds that track once troubled PIIGS – Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain – could break out. On Tuesday, the Global X FTSE Portugal 20 ETF (NYSEArca: PGAL) rose 2.5%, iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF(NYSEArca: […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. On Thursday, I highlighted the iShares MSCI Ireland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EIRL). Ireland is one of the better performing markets in the Eurozone. Click here to listen to […]

Now that the European Commission cut its outlook on the Eurozone, European market investors can use country-specific exchange traded funds to target areas of potential strength. The EU commission downwardly revised the gross domestic product in the 18-country Eurozone to expand 0.8% this year from its early forecasted 1.2% expansion, reports Gabriele Stenhauser for the […]

Dragged down by renewed worries surrounding Portugal’s finances, Europe exchange traded funds are suffering from another round of financial crisis woes as investors focus on the continent’s less stable peripheral nations. The iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) and the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ), which both focus on Eurozone countries, both declined about […]

While the equities markets are hovering around record highs, with the S&P 500 breaking above 1900 for the first time Tuesday, investors are increasing their hoard of cash and those who are in the markets are favoring overseas stock and related exchange traded fund exposure. According to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager […]

Investors have taken note of the plethora of diversified Europe exchange traded funds that are soaring this year. That is a good idea as improving economic data and valuations that are still seen as cheap compared to U.S. stocks have some market observers, including major global banks, forecasting further upside for European stocks in 2014. […]

Exchange traded fund benchmark indices can change over time, removing and adding components, and BlackRock’s iShares has updated its Ireland ETF to better follow Irish company exposure. The iShares MSCI Ireland Capped Index ETF (NYSEArca: EIRL) will try to reflect the performance of the MSCI All Ireland Capped Index effective November 27, according to a […]

For most of the world’s major equity bourses, 2013 has been a good year. However, few markets can hold a candle to Venezuela. As of Tuesday, Venezuelan stocks were up an astounding 466% in local currency (bolivar) terms. Even when adjusting that number into dollar terms, it was still 287%. Alas, there is no Venezuela […]

The Irish economy has strengthened and is on track to wean itself off the Eurozone and International Monetary Fund bailout program, bolstering related country-specific exchange traded fund. The iShares MSCI Ireland Capped Index ETF (NYSEArca: EIRL) was 1.1% higher Monday. EIRL has surged 33.2% year-to-date. [Ireland ETF Quietly Outperforms Other Developed Markets] Prime Minister Enda […]

An exchange traded fund that tracks the Irish equities market is outpacing both Eurozone and U.S. markets on improved exports, a rebounding housing sector and better consumer sentiment. The iShares MSCI Ireland Capped Index ETF (NYSEArca: EIRL) has gained 29.7% so far this year, compared to 11.0% rise in the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEArca: […]

After taking a beating during the height of the Eurozone financial crisis scare, the Ireland country-specific exchange traded fund has pulled ahead, now outperforming other European markets. The iShares MSCI Ireland Capped Index ETF (NYSEArca: EIRL) has gained 16.8% so far this year, compared to the 5.7% rise in the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEArca: […]

The exchange traded fund that invests in Ireland is up 20% so far this year thanks in part to easing tensions over the Eurozone debt crisis. Ireland is one of the so-called PIIGS countries that are seen as the weakest financially in the Eurozone: Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain. The iShares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: […]

Exchange traded funds have bounced late this week on signs Greece will shelve a planned referendum on the financial rescue. A interest-rate cut by the European Central Bank has also helped fuel the rally. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index ended up 2.1% Thursday, with all major European indices showing gains, reports European markets ended […]

Many exchange traded funds that track individual countries have been beaten to a pulp in 2011. Some bargain hunters see cheap valuations in these hard-hit ETFs despite global debt and economic tensions. Last week, we took a look at some of the most oversold ETFs measured by distance from the 50-day moving averages. [The Contrarian: […]

Although the deal on the U.S. debt ceiling and vote in Congress dominated Monday’s headlines, the other big story in financial markets was the continued unraveling in Europe exchange traded funds, with ETFs tracking Italy, Germany and Ireland coming under pressure. Investors are worried the second Greek bailout won’t be enough to stem the region’s […]

A tiny exchange traded fund tracking Ireland remains in the green so far this year as economic data showed solid growth in the first quarter, but the outlook is clouded by Europe’s debt crisis. Some analysts argue that the Irish economy is just scraping by and may see growth taper off due to poor domestic […]

As most of the press regarding the European Union has lately been focused on Greece and Portugal, there is a unique exchange traded fund that grants exposure to Ireland’s equity market that has caught our attention. The iShares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: EIRL) is the only “pure play” equity ETF that invests in public equities as […]

The iShares MSCI Ireland Capped Investable Market index (NYSEArca: EIRL) has been moving up since austerity measures have been implemented. Will the luck o’ the Irish return? The Ireland exchange traded fund (ETF) could certainly use some good fortune as it holds a paltry $4.5 million in assets. Ireland, which sought better terms on the […]

The European Union has once again been thrown into confusion as Portugal’s government comes to a standstill after the breakdown in parliament talks. European exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be affected as the situation develops and the issue is addressed. Portugal’s parliament rejected the new government austerity plan on Wednesday, which pushed Prime Minister José […]

Will the luck of the Irish trickle down into exchange traded funds (ETFs) on St. Patrick’s Day? The Ireland fund iShares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: EIRL) hasn’t seen many leprechauns lately, as its performance has remained lackluster at best. The sector of the market that is found at the end of the rainbow, however, is the […]

All the focus these days seem to be on the Middle East, but the Irish elections have drawn attention back to Ireland, though the Shares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: EIRL) exchange traded fund (ETF) has been lackluster since voting concluded. Ireland will adhere to austerity measures, which were part conditions tacked onto a bailout agreement from […]

Although Ireland is in recovery mode from their crisis, the fact remains that growth will be sluggish and much time will be needed for the exchange traded fund (ETF) to get rolling again. True, iShares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: EIRL) has turned positive in the last six months, gaining nearly 8% in that time span. But […]

Hey, whatever happened to the PIIGS? Are we still worried about them? The goings-on in Egypt have all but eclipsed news about the five economies that dominated the headlines for the latter half of 2010. Well, the bad news is that the PIIGS are not out of the woods just yet. That debt isn’t going […]

European leaders have convened for a two-day summit to address Europe’s growing debt problem. While the outcome is uncertain at this point, exchange traded funds (ETFs) could give clues about how it’s going. Thing to Watch 1: Spain. The PIIGS are widely acknowledged to be the biggest trouble spots, and the E.U. will be focusing […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are mixed, while stocks are up worldwide. U.S. jobless-claims data came in better than anticipated as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 target April highs. European markets moved upward on a rebound in bank stocks and Asian markets moved higher following positive results on Wall Street. The number of […]

The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up modestly after Congress agreed to a tax extension that many hope will be the saving grace of the economic recovery. The Bush-era tax cuts will be extended for both the wealthy and the middle class. The breaks will put cash in America’s pockets and, it’s hoped, […]

It’s official: the European Central Bank has opted to hold interest rates steady while at the same time extending its lending to banks for another three months. While it’s what Europe needs, does it necessarily make Europe exchange traded funds (ETFs) an attractive buying opportunity? The fact is that not all of Europe is in […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the broader markets are trending lower in early trading as investors doubted that the bailout of Ireland will put an end to the European debt crisis. Even Cyber Monday isn’t enough to push the markets into positive territory. Reuters reports that the concern is Ireland won’t mark the end of […]