Japanese Yen

The U.S. dollar plunged Wednesday, with a greenback-related exchange traded fund dipping below its long-term trend line, as the worsening economic outlook and ongoing volatility added to skepticism that the Federal Reserve would pull the trigger on another rate hike anytime soon. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) fell 2.0% Wednesday, […]

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. […]

While volatility racked the markets, currency exchange traded funds that track safe-haven currencies like the euro, Japanese yen and Swiss franc strengthened. On Friday, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was up 0.4%, CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) gained 0.9% and CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust (NYSEArca: FXF) was 0.9% higher. FXY has been […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Currency exchange traded funds that track the euro, Japanese yen and Swiss franc moves against the U.S. dollar are among the few assets turning a positive return Monday as global markets plunged. On Monday, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was up 1.8%, CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) gained 2.7% and CurrencyShares Swiss […]

While Japan’s export growth is slowing, investors who still want to capture an expanding Japanese economy may want to take a look at the domestic market and small-cap exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DFJ) rose 14.9%, iShares MSCI Japan Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: SCJ) increased 11.8% and SPDR Russell/Nomura Small […]

The Japanese equities and related exchange traded funds have outperformed, but some financial advisors and fund managers believe the market still has more room to run. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) increased 15.1% year-to-date. Meanwhile the Nikkei stock index gained about 18%. Nevertheless, Arne Espe, senior portfolio manager at USAA Investments, argues that […]

The Japanese economy is growing more quickly than expected, bolstering the appeal of Japan country-specific exchange traded funds. Japan’s economy expanded an faster-than-expected annualized 2.4% compared to the previous quarter, reports CNBC. The economy grew 0.6% in the first quarter over the last three months of 2014. The improved economy helped fuel a surge in […]

Investors are adding on Japan hedged-equity exchange traded fund positions as a weaker yen currency helps energize the economy and more companies begin returning value back to investors. Since the start of May, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) has attracted $68.3 million in net assets, iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: […]

A gold exchange traded fund is the best performing commodity-focused U.S. fund this year. Contributing to the outperformance in this particular investment, the ETF backed by euro-currency-denominated gold. The AdvisorShares Gartman Gold/Euro ETF (NYSEArca: GEUR), an actively managed ETF that tracks gold in euro terms, has increased 11.3% year-to-date while the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: […]

A strong dollar and continued central bank stimulus are supporting the rally in Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) rose 13.1% and the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBJP) increased 12.5%. [Large Investors Keep Supporting Japanese Stocks, ETFs] The gains in Japanese […]

As major overseas economies enact loose monetary policies to stimulate growth and counteract deflationary pressures, other countries will follow suit, fueling a currency war that could further strengthen the U.S. dollar. A gauge for the U.S. dollar is currently hovering around its highest in five years. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: […]

U.S. dollar exchange traded funds have rallied this year, and with the an expanding economy and supportive policy changes ahead, the greenback could continue to advance against other foreign currencies. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), the largest dollar-related ETF, has strengthened 8.3% year-to-date. UUP tracks the U.S. dollar against a […]

With diverging central bank policies and major shifts in the the foreign exchange market underway, Japaneses equity investors should consider a yen-hedged exchange traded fund to access an expanding economy while limiting any Forex risks associated with overseas investments. On the recent webcast, Is Your Japan ETF Positioned to Benefit from Japan’s Recent Shift?, Dan […]

After Japan revealed a weakening economy, observers are anticipating further stimulus to help right the market. In the meantime, investors who want to capitalize on any further expansionary policies should consider a equity-hedged exchange traded fund to diminish any negative effects of a depreciating yen. On the upcoming webcast, Is Your Japan ETF Positioned to […]

The foreign exchange market is experiencing greater volatility as global central banks outline diverging monetary policies. Consequently, traders have been taking a greater interest in currency-related exchange traded funds to capture the moves. Traders have been using currency ETF to take short-term bets on shifting global currencies or hedge against depreciating currencies overseas. Most trades […]

Japanese stocks and exchange traded funds reached new highs Friday, hitting a double bingo, as the world’s largest pension fund shifts into Japanese equities and the Bank of japan unexpectedly increased monetary stimulus. Japan hedged-equity strategies, which hedge against a depreciating currency, were leading the charge Friday and were all trading at all-time highs as […]

As countries grapple with deflationary pressures and fuel a currency war to encourage inflation, the U.S. dollar exchange traded fund could capitalize on the lower foreign exchange rates. Many global governments are targeting lower exchange rates as a way to combat crippling deflation, Bloomberg reports. Of the bottom 10 currencies expected to experience the largest […]

The U.S. dollar-relate exchange traded funds surged Friday, with the greenback touching a four-year high, after the solid September jobs report fueled bets on a quickening U.S. recovery. The dollar index, a gauge of the U.S. dollar’s value against six major currencies, touched a high of 86.56 Friday, its strongest level since June 2010, increased […]

As the U.S. economy expands while Japan and the Eurozone stumble, traders are pushing up the U.S. dollar, along with related exchange traded funds, and dumping the euro and yen currencies. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, […]

Japan’s exporters are benefiting from the weaker yen currency. However, with the yen trading at its lowest since 2008, rising import costs have many companies on edge, potentially weighing down Japanese stocks and related country-specific exchange traded funds. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) has declined 6.3% over the past three months. The U.S. […]

The short-Japanese-yen trade, along with the inverse currency-related exchange traded fund, is gaining momentum as Bank of Japan and Federal Reserve policies diverge and the JPY/USD carry-trade returns. The ProShares UltraShort Yen (NYSEArca: YCS), which tries to reflect the daily -2x or -200% daily return of the U.S. dollar price of the yen, rose 0.4% […]

Currency exchange traded funds are experiencing some major moves as the U.S. dollar appreciates against a basket of foreign currencies. Specifically, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish […]

Investors dumped riskier assets Friday after Ukraine stated that its troops attacked an armored convoy from Russia, turning to safe havens like the Japanese yen and Swiss franc exchange traded funds. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) rose 0.1% Friday while the CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust (NYSEArca: FXF) gained 0.3%. [A Strong Swiss Franc […]

Accommodative measures could support the Japanese economy, but a strengthening yen currency will weigh on exporters. Consequently, investors may find better opportunities in investing in Japan’s domestic market through small-cap exchange traded funds. The yen currency has hovered around the 100-per-dollar level for over a year, so many of the country’s biggest companies won’t experience […]