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Globetrotters are already converging on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but investors shouldn’t get their hopes up for an economic boost to Brazilian stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds. Even if Brazil were not plagued by the myriad of things going wrong for the Olympic Host, such as contaminated water at […]

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. […]

Brazil country-specific exchange traded funds were among the best performing assets Friday after the government revealed a shrinking budget deficit next year. On Friday, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) rose 4.6% and the iShares MSCI Brazil Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: EWZS) gained 4.4%. Meanwhile, the two times leveraged ProShares Ultra MSCI Brazil (NYSEArca: […]

Peruvian equities and country-specific exchange traded fund investors breathed a sigh of relief as a recent ruling helped ease fears that MSCI indexing would downgrade the emerging market to frontier status. The iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPU) gained 2.8% Friday. Peru has also been one of the best performing emerging market this […]

Brazilian equities and country-specific exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been rallying on the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff and her feckless administration. However, the impeachment proceedings has hit a hurdle, triggering volatile swings in the emerging market. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) was down 2.0% Monday after plunging as much as 7.2% […]

Emerging market exchange traded fund investors should watch out for potential trouble spots after the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic forecast on Tuesday, pointing to notable weakness in some developing economies. “While growth in emerging market and developing economies still accounts for the lion’s share of projected world growth in 2016, prospects across […]

Peruvian stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds rallied Monday as two pro-market candidates push ahead in an ongoing presidential race. The iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPU) surged 10.6% Monday. Meanwhile, Peru’s benchmark S&P BVL General Index gained 10.5% to 12,475.7, its largest daily jump since November 2008, reports Eduardo Thomson for Bloomberg. […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds slipped on the last day of March, ending the month on a muted note after a wild quarter that pushed the markets into a correction before clawing back the losses on swift rebound. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.5% over the first quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, the […]

Brazilian equities and ETFs among worst performers in 2015, but emerging market has roared back Brazilian rally went into high gear after former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was detained Traders had been selling off Brazilian assets over the past year as Rousseff failed to stimulate the economy  Brazilian equities and country-specific exchange traded […]

As the risk-off environment extends, investors are pulling out of riskier assets like emerging market exchange traded funds. However, one Latin American market is bucking the trend. Investors yanked over $1 billion out of U.S.-listed emerging market exchange traded funds over the past week, reports Kenneth Kohn for Bloomberg. Emerging-market-related ETFs saw $1.16 billion in […]

The beleaguered Brazilian has suffered from a multi-year retreat, and the selling pressure has been overdone, potentially opening an opportunity for emerging market exchange traded fund investors. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) has declined 39.9% over the past year and showed an average -26.3% annualized return over the past three years. The […]

Brazil country-specific exchange traded fund investors may not see a light at the end of this tunnel any time soon as the economy is on track for its worst recession in almost a century. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest ETF that follows Brazilian equities, has declined 9.4% over the past […]

Argentina’s newly elected Mauricio Macri could mean big changes in the economy and support for country-specific exchange traded fund after years of tepid growth. While the election rally in the Global X MSCI Argentina ETF (NYSEArca: ARGT) faded on Monday, ARGT has surged almost 20% since October on hopes that the presidential election will bring […]

Brazilian equities and country-specific exchange traded funds are rebounding as some investors jump on cheap valuations that are disconnected with fundamentals and are more a result of political scandals. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) gained 7.0% over the past week but is still down 31.0% year-to-date. EWZ is now trading back above […]

Despite finishing on a down note, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds closed out their best month in four years. Over October, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 8.5%, the Nasdaq Composite advanced 9.3% and the S&P 500 rose 8.3%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over the past month include Global X MSCI […]

A pro-business Conservative has unexpectedly gained traction in the first round of the Argentinian presidential elections, bolstering Argentina’s markets and country-specific exchange traded fund. The Global X MSCI Argentina ETF (NYSEArca: ARGT) jumped 5.3% Monday, breaking above its long-term, 200-day simple moving average on close to five-times its normal trading volume. Argentinian equities rallied Monday […]

Brazil-related exchange traded funds jumped Friday after the Brazilian central bank reassured markets that it will utilize everything but the kitchen sink to prop up the real, one of the worst performing foreign currencies. “In this process, all instruments are available for the central bank,” central bank president Alexandre Tombini said Thursday, according to Reuters. […]

While many expect the Federal Reserve to push off on a rate hike, there is still a chance of a higher interest rate announcement next week. The change will have wide reaching effects and weigh on many markets and exchange traded funds. The markets currently predict a one in four chance that the Federal Open […]

Global markets were reeling earlier this week, but the sell off has left many emerging markets and country-specific exchange traded funds with cheaper valuations. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index plunged 11% in local currency terms this month, pushing 12-month forward price-to-earnings ratio to 9.4, a little below its 5-year average of 10, reports Ansuya Harjani […]

Emerging market exchange traded fund investors should closely monitor their Colombia and Mexico exposure as the two economies join the infamous list of “fragile five” emerging countries. According to JPMorgan Asset management, Colombia and Mexico are now members of the so-called fragile five group of emerging markets, edging out Brazil and India, reports Steven Johnson […]

This article was written by Brent Bates, a senior portfolio manager with the Invesco International Growth team, focusing on large- and mid-cap Asia Pacific and Latin American equities. Emerging market economies continued a downward trend during the second quarter, with declining industrial production and weak auto and retail sales. While there were a couple of […]

This article was written by Matthew Dennis, senior portfolio manager for Invesco international/global growth products. International markets experienced increased volatility in the second quarter: Equity volatility rose by 19% in the US and by 50% in Europe.1 Notwithstanding a fade in equity volatility in July on the back of a perceived solution to the Greek […]

Once again we are discussing Brazil, and once again it involves sagging performance in the benchmark ETF EWZ (iShares MSCI Brazil, Expense Ratio 0.62%), which year to date has seen more than $800 million leave the fund via redemption activity. The fund’s asset base is now currently about $2.3 billion, still giving it a gigantic […]

Brazil’s economy and stock exchange traded funds will continue to drag their feet as weakening consumer spending could prolong the ongoing recession. May retail sales in Brazil declined 0.9%, the fourth consecutive dip after a revised 0.5% drop in April, as an increasing unemployment rate, accelerating inflation and near record-low consumer confidence weigh on the […]

Money managers are starting to take an interest in Mexico and Chile as consumer spending picks up. Retail investors can also access the two markets through country-specific exchange traded funds. For example, ETF investors can use the iShares MSCI Chile Capped ETF (NYSEArca: ECH) and the iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWW) to track […]

Market credit risk could drag on Brazil stocks and country-specific exchange traded fund, but India ETFs may be less susceptible as the country enjoys healthier finances. According to a Fitch Ratings survey, Brazil showed the greatest risk to emerging market corporate debt financing over the next 12 months, relative to emerging market sovereign debt, reports […]

The Mexican peso has been the worst performing currency this year. Nevertheless, investors interested in Mexico’s markets can utilize peso-hedged exchange traded funds to capture any underlying strength, without the currency risk. The iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWW) has declined 3.8% year-to-date. However, factoring out the depreciation in the peso, the db X-trackers […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds ended up paring their best monthly rally since February over the last days of May. Over May, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.8%, the Nasdaq Composite increased 2.1% and the S&P 500 gained 1.0%. The best performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the past month include […]

Brazilian stocks and related exchange traded funds could be in for further pain as a depreciating real currency and fiscal tightening push the country into a recession. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) fell 7.9% over the past week and declined 6.5% year-to-date. EWZ also dipped 3.0% Tuesday, breaking below its short-term, 50-day […]

With aggressive monetary easing policies supporting growth across Europe and Asia, investors can take a look at materials-based economies that help fuel the expansion, along with related international exchange traded funds, Europe, Japan and China are seeing improvements after the governments enacted loose monetary policies to stimulate their economies, writes Scott Colyer, chief executive of […]