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Japan currency-hedged exchange traded funds are rebounding as rising speculation of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike sometime this year fueled a strengthening U.S. dollar and depressed the yen currency. On Tuesday, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) gained 1.4%, iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: HEWJ) rose 1.2% and Deutsche X-trackers […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Up nearly 17.5% year-to-date, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) is undoubtedly one of this year’s best-performing foreign currency exchange traded funds. The yen and FXY have been bolstered by investors’ thirst this year safe-haven assets, a desire that appears to be growing stronger in the wake of Great Britain’s decision, revealed late last […]

As the Brexit referendum results triggered a global risk-off event, exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track safe-haven plays surged on the increased volatility. For instance, gold jumped the most since the 2008 financial downturn as traders turned to the Brexit haven, Bloomberg reports. Gold futures jumped as much as 8.1% on three times the average […]

The slow economic outlook coupled with uncertainty over central bank policies and a U.K. referendum have pressured the equities markets. Investors, though, can mitigate the risks by diversifying into exchange traded funds that track safe-haven assets. Among the list of concerns, an ongoing earnings recession in the U.S., an upcoming U.S. presidential election, an unclear […]

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% […]

Japanese markets closed lower Monday, but on the other side of the globe, U.S.-listed Japan country-specific exchange traded funds bounced as speculators tried to catch the falling knife. Japanese stocks plunged Monday, with the Nikkei 225 Index down 3.1%, on the yen currency’s jump to a one-and-a-half year high against the U.S. dollar, weak earnings […]

In stark contrast to market expectations of further intervention to stimulate a stagnating economy, the Bank of Japan opted to stand pat Thursday, triggering a surge in the Japanese yen and currency-related exchange traded fund. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) jumped 3.2% Thursday as the U.S. dollar depreciated 3.0% to ¥108.2. Meanwhile, the […]

Japanese equities bounced Friday, with currency-hedged exchange traded funds leading the charge on a weakening yen, as speculators bet the Bank of Japan will give banks a helping hand. Currency hedged ETFs, which diminished the negative effect of a weaker yen currency, outpaced non-hedged funds, on Friday. For instance, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund […]

After Europe and Japan enacted negative interest rate policies, overseas investors have steered toward gold bullion to protect their wealth against depreciating currencies. U.S. investors can also capitalize on this growing trend with gold-related exchange traded funds priced in euro and yen currency terms. Gold sales in Japan jumped in March after the Bank of […]

Despite Thursday’s pullback, exchange traded fund flows suggest investors are in a risk-on rally mode as ETFs that track safe-haven assets have been experiencing redemptions. The equities market have been bouncing back over the past month, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) rising 3.0%, as investors turned risk-on after stocks dipped into a […]

Without much confidence in the Bank of Japan’s ability to stem the tide of a strengthening currency, the Japanese yen and related exchange traded funds have hit an 18-month high. On Tuesday, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) jumped 1.4% while the ProShares Ultra Yen (NYSEArca: YCL), which tries to reflect the daily 2x […]

The Japanese yen weakened for the seventh day, bolstering export-heavy Japanese market and currency-hedged country-specific exchange traded funds. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) dipped 0.5% as traders trimmed their safe-haven bets in light of an improving U.S. economy and on renewed bets that the Federal Reserve would hike rates. The U.S. dollar gained […]

Japanese equities and country-specific exchange traded funds have suffered through the recent global sell-off, but the developed Asian market could turn around and end the year on a high note. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) fell 10.6%, Deutsche X-trackers Japan JPX-Nikkei 400 Equity ETF (NYSEArca: JPN) dropped 9.8% and iShares JPX-Nikkei 400 […]

Traders found solace in safe-haven currency exchange traded funds as global uncertainty fueled the risk-off environment. On Tuesday, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was up 1.0%, CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) gained 0.8% and CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust (NYSEArca: FXF) was 1.6% higher. Over the past week, FXE added 2.7%, FXY increased […]

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 […]