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 […]

As markets turned lower in January, the Bank of Japan has been buying the dips with Japan-listed stock exchange traded funds. According to the Japan Exchange Group, combined January trading of all ETFs was at a record ¥7.94 trillion, or 100% increase for the same period year-over year and a 53.4% month-on-month increase, reports Leo […]

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, […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds retreated in a violent start to a new year. As volatility dissipates, exchange traded fund investors should consider areas where selling may have been overdone. “In our opinion, much of the recent selling has been overdone and, as such, has created some bargains,” Russ Koesterich, Global Chief […]

Hopes of further monetary easing helped Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds rally Friday, with formerly bearish traders adding to the momentum on short covering. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) was 4.4% higher Friday after falling 10.9% year-to-date. However, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) dipped 1.0% on prospects of further […]

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 […]

With the U.S. equities market expected to slow down this year, exchange traded fund investors may want to look to overseas markets, like the Eurozone or Japan. Citi strategists downgraded U.S. equities Tuesday, citing potential negative impact of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and stalling corporate profitability, reports Matt Clinch for CNBC. “Fading EPS momentum […]

Exchange traded funds have seen trading activity increase over the years as more investors see the benefits of the investment vehicle. For instance, since ETFs trade on an exchange like a stock, many have utilized the funds to execute quick or tactical positions to capitalize on market turns. While ETFs accumulate more assets and investor […]

The Bank of Japan announced Friday that it will maintain the quantitative easing program and increase purchases of Japanese equities through exchange traded funds. However, market observers were unimpressed by the extended measures to combat a prolonged growth stunt. Japanese equities weakened Friday, with the Nikkei 225 index falling 1.9% to 18,986.8, after the BOJ […]

As investors take a hard look at their investment portfolios to potentially rebalance positions for the year ahead, people may consider exchange traded funds to better capture value and diversify across the global market. The markets have seen benchmark equity indices flatten out after a multi-year rally, U.S. Treasury yields stubbornly hold on to record […]

The Eurozone euro and Japanese yen, along with currency-related exchange traded funds, are bouncing back as a spike in volatility pushed traders to safer corners of the market. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) rose 0.7% Friday and broke back above its 200-day simple moving average. The CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was […]

After a stellar October, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds had a more tepid November, with traders waiting for a potential rate hike in December. Over November, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.6%, the Nasdaq Composite was 0.4% lower and the S&P 500 dipped 1.1%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over […]

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 WisdomTree Japan Hedged SmallCap (NYSEarca: DXJS). DXJS provides exposure to Japanese small-cap companies while hedging against the effects of a weaker yen currency. […]

While new economic data reveals Japan has entered its first technical recession in five years, Japanese country-specific exchange traded funds strengthened along with the broader market. Japan’s gross domestic product shrank at an annualized 0.8% in the July-September period from the previous quarter, after a revised 0.7% contraction in the second quarter, reports Mitsuru Obe […]

While the Federal Reserve has signaled it is looking at a December rate hike, the Bank of Japan could extend quantitative easing to prop up growth and inflation. Consequently, investors may look to the Japanese markets with a currency-hedged country-specific exchange traded fund that will help diminish foreign exchange risks. “While the Bank of Japan […]

Asia Pacific stocks and regional exchange traded funds experienced their best month in six years after a steep sell-off enticed value investors. Over the past month, the Vanguard FTSE Pacific ETF (NYSEArca: VPL) rose 10.1%, Global X FTSE ASEAN 40 ETF (NYSEArca: ASEA) gained 10.1%, SPDR S&P Emerging Asia Pacific ETF (NYSEArca: GMF) advanced 10.0% […]

In response to ongoing global volatility, notably lingering uncertainty in China, international investors may want to stick to more stable markets, like Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds. Dan Chamby, who helps manage a $90 billion BlackRock global strategy, said he is overweight Japan and the U.S. dollar after the recent bout of global […]

Refining its currency-hedged exchange traded fund suite, WisdomTree is working on a smart-beta currency adjustment strategy that could minimize losses and maximize gains as foreign currencies fluctuate. Wisdomtree has filed with Securities and Exchange Commission for four separate “Dynamic” currency-hedged ETFs, including: WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged Europe Equity Fund WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged Japan Equity […]

In Japan, the world’s largest leveraged exchange traded fund is growing too large to control. Nomura Asset Management Co. will halt subscription orders for its Next Funds Nikkei 225 Leveraged Index ETF, along with two other funds, from Friday, stating that underlying liquidity is not deep enough to ensure the leveraged products can meet their […]

Adding on to its extensive suite of alternative index-based exchange traded funds, PowerShares launched five new smart-beta strategies. Invesco Powershares, along with Dorsey, Wright & Associates, added the PowerShares DWA Tactical Sector Rotation Portfolio (NYSEArca: DWTR) Friday, October 9, according to a press release. DWTR follows DWA’s indexing methodology. Specifically, the DWTR acts like a […]

A historic Trans-Pacific Partnership pact will lower trade barriers around the Pacific, bolstering export-heavy Japanese markets and country-specific exchange traded funds Monday. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) was 2.7% higher Monday. EWJ gained 4.2% year-to-date. Meanwhile, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) dipped 0.3%, with the Japanese yen currency trading at around […]

BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) added on to its line of iShares currency hedged exchange traded funds for those looking for exposure to Japan through a relatively new, multi-factor index, the JPX-Nikkei 400. According to a recent press release, BlackRock introduced the iShares Currency Hedged JPX-Nikkei 400 ETF (NYSEArca: HJPX) on Thursday. The new ETF has a […]

Japanese markets and country-specific exchange traded funds jumped Friday after Prime Minister Shinz Abe called for reforms that could bolster the economy and new inflation data added to speculation on further easing. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) rose 2.7% Friday. EWJ is up 1.3% so far this year. Meanwhile, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen […]

Today, Goldman Sachs launched a new domestic equity exchange traded fund that promises to be the least expensive smart-beta offerings on the market today. “This smart-beta ETF will be priced like traditional beta products,”  said Michael Crinieri, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF (NYSEArca: GSLC), will have a […]

Japan country-specific exchange traded funds jumped Wednesday after the Japanese Nikkei 225 surged on its largest one-day move since the financial crisis. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) rose 0.8% Wednesday. Meanwhile, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) dipped 0.8%, with the Japanese yen currency trading at around 120.9 to the U.S. dollar. […]

Investors and advisors may utilize a traditional long global investment and a currency-hedged strategy for foreign stock exposure. On the other hand, one may use a 50/50 currency hedged ETF instead of holding two different ETFs. “The 50% hedge construction is the ‘currency neutral’ investment position,” Adam Patti, IndexIQ chief executive officer, said in an […]

Japanese markets and country-specific exchange traded funds retreated Tuesday, but contrarian investors may find that the pullbacks are opportune and cheap entry points into a growing economy. Poor Chinese data pressured Asian equities Tuesday, with the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) down 4.2% and Deutsche X-trackers Japan JPX-Nikkei 400 Equity ETF (NYSEArca: JPN) 4.9% […]