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The markets shook after China let its renminbi currency depreciate, and some Asian emerging markets, along with country-specific exchange traded funds, will continue to feel the consequences of the weaker yuan. A depreciating yuan makes Chinese exports more competitive in international markets. However, the beggar-thy-neighbor policy will negatively affect the country’s major trading partners. Daniel […]

With the U.S. markets continuing to add onto their multi-year run, investors may consider more stable overseas stocks and exchange traded funds. For instance, Benjamin Pedley, head of investment strategy for Asia at HSBC Private Bank, advises investors to focus on more stable plays, like going overweight Singapore stocks to capitalize on the markets’ defensive […]

As global currencies swing, international trade is quickly shifting. With exchange traded funds, investors could capitalize on some countries’ excess trade balance. There are 36 emerging and developing economies expected to generate a current account surplus, or more exports than imports, this year, according to Bloomberg News. Asia’s low labor costs help provide the region’s […]

In a surprise move, Singapore’s central bank eased its monetary policy, depreciating the country’s currency to its weakest since 2010 against the greenback and sending the country-specific exchange traded fund tumbling on increased uncertainty. The iShares MSCI Singapore ETF (NYSEArca: EWS) fell 1.2% Wednesday while the iShares MSCI Singapore Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: EWSS) decreased 1.4%. […]

Despite its developed market status and AAA-credit rating, Singapore has been passed over by investors amid fears of an over-heating property market and stagnant economic growth. The trend of investors ignoring the city-state’s equities is reversing, but there is a catch. “Ten exchange-traded funds that track Singapore saw about $338 million of net inflows in […]

Previously seen as a beacon of stability in a region chock full of volatile equity markets, Singapore has not delivered for investors in 2014. The iShares MSCI Singapore ETF (NYSEArca: EWS) and the iShares MSCI Singapore Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: EWSS) are down 5.2% and 3.3%, respectively, this year. Investors looking for shelter from the emerging […]

Although most Asian bourses such as the Shanghai Composite and South Korea’s Kospi have lagged U.S. stocks this year, Goldman Sachs sees some opportunity in the North Asian region, but investors opting to follow the bank’s advice should be selective when it comes to selecting ETFs. Goldman “estimates only one percent returns at the regional […]

Investors can choose from a number of dividend-oriented investments to quench their thirst for income, but some of the exchange traded funds that offer the beefiest yields might not be the ones you’d think of first. Singapore For instance, Trang Ho for Investor’s Business Daily points out the iShares MSCI Singapore Small-Cap Index Fund (NYSEArca: […]

Investors have been browsing through typical dividend options for greater yields, but there are a number of other stock exchange traded funds that offer attractive payouts as well. For instance, Sterling Wong for Minyanville points out five different stock ETFs that don’t fall under your typical “dividend” category. Investors should keep in mind that some […]

Guggenheim Investments on Wednesday launched the first exchange traded fund designed to follow the Singapore dollar. CurrencyShares Singapore Dollar Trust (NYSEArca: FXSG) holds actual foreign currency deposits rather than derivative instruments, the firm said. The ETF will rise when the U.S. dollar weakens relative to the Singapore dollar. FXSG charges an annual expense ratio of […]

International equity income has become a popular investment choice for investors  in search of yield. Various countries have attractive dividend growth opportunities that are easily accessible with focused exchange traded funds. “Even with recent talks by the Fed calling for another round of stimulus for the U.S. economy, domestic investors are looking for a place […]

An exchange traded fund benchmarked to Singapore’s equity market is threatening to break out after pausing for breath following a big start to 2012. “The iShares MSCI Singapore (NYSEArca: EWS) is breaking above a three-month consolidation to score its best level in seven months,” says Investors Intelligence technical analyst Tarquin Coe. “That sideways move appears […]

With global growth, copious liquidity and low interest rates spurring riskier investment strategies, emerging market equities and exchange traded funds have been among the most attractive assets this year. “The main argument for investing in international equities is for diversification through exposure to different countries and economies, slightly different sector weightings, and foreign currencies,” according […]

The exchange traded fund business is picking up where it left off in 2011, ringing in the new year with a slew of new product launches. With most pure beta ETF indexing strategies filled out, fund providers are looking to expand into niche areas and other corners of the market. Earlier this month, BlackRock’s iShares […]

BlackRock‘s (NYSE: BLK) iShares exchange traded funds business, the largest provider of ETF products, launched three new equity funds Thursday that target Singapore, Hong Kong and other developed global markets. The iShares MSCI World Index Fund (NYSEArca: URTH) tries to reflect the performance of the MSCI World Index, which includes equity securities in the top […]

An exchange traded fund that invests in Singapore has had a tough year as a result of its exposure to the financial sector and worries over the global economy. Yet Singapore’s economy is forecast to grow due to boosted financing within the commodity sector. The iShares MSCI Singapore Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWS) is down about […]

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: […]

Exchange traded funds tracking Malaysia and Singapore rose on Monday following news they have reached a deal to open a transit rail service by 2018 to connect the city-state with a city in southern Malaysia. The iShares MSCI Malaysia (NYSEArca: EWM) and iShares MSCI Singapore (NYSEArca:EWS) were both fractionally higher Monday. Focusing on Malaysia, the […]

If you want to make more bets on Asia, then Index IQ‘s filing for new exchange traded funds (ETFs) might grab your attention. The filings from Index IQ target small-cap, single-country funds tracking Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. Shannon Bond for The Financial Times reports that the strategy is to tap […]

The phrase of the year for the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry is gearing up to be “price wars.” The latest move to lower costs has come from FocusShares, which recently priced some of its funds to undercut competing products from the ETF industry’s low-cost providers Vanguard and Charles Schwab. [ETF Providers Are Setting Sights […]

The economic recovery and the rate of exchange traded fund (ETF) filings and launches seem to have a correlation of 1, if the market’s recent activity has been any indication. State Street Global Advisors today announced that the SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: EDIV) and the SPDR Barclays Capital Emerging Markets Local Bond […]

Frontier market exchange traded funds (ETFs) could see greater inflows as investors seek out riskier assets with the promise of potentially higher returns. According to Karim Rahemtulla for InvestmentU, Vietnam, Thailand and Combodia are three promising, up-and-coming, “pre-emerging” markets. You can get your exposure to two of tham directly via ETFs: Market Vectors Vietnam (NYSEArca: […]

At the market’s open, Global X will be kicking off the launch of its newest exchange traded fund (ETF), focusing on the 40 largest companies in all five ASEAN regions. The Association of Southeast Asian Nation regions are Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Global X FTSE ASEAN 40 (NYSEArca: ASEA) will have exposure to […]

The iShares MSCI Singapore Index (NYSEArca: EWS) exchange traded fund (ETF) was a decent performer in 2010, as far as global ETFs go. But this year may not necessarily bring more of the same. The most recent hit to EWS came as Singapore’s government pulled the lid off tightening measures to keep housing prices in […]

Year-to-date, the performance of Singapore’s exchange traded fund (ETF) has been somewhere in the middle of other Asian economies. That may not be the case for long, though. True, economists project that GDP will expand by 5.1% in 2011, a significant drop from this year’s expected growth of 15.1%, writes Kevin Lim for Reuters. The […]

Singapore is a dynamic developing country, using different tactics to boost its economy. Investors may access this top Asian economy through the country-related exchange traded fund (ETF). According to Carl Delfeld for InvestmentU, there are some compelling reasons why investors should consider Singapore: Growth. Singapore was the world’s fastest-growing economy in the first half of […]

The World Economic Forum recently unleashed its annual ranking of the world’s most competitive countries. Who’s hot, who’s lost it and which exchange traded funds (ETFs) can you use to play them? Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: The United States slipped to fourth from second in the annual rankings of […]

ETF Spotlight on WisdomTree ex-Japan Total Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DND), part of a weekly series. Assets: $78 million Objective: Tracks the WisdomTree Pacific ex-Japan Dividend index,which tracks companies in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia or New Zealand. The companies are weighted based on annual cash dividends paid. Holdings: Top companies include China Mobile (8.9%), Westpac Banking […]

Asia, the world’s fastest-growing region, has shown signs of a slowdown. But it doesn’t necessarily mean you should dump your exchange traded funds (ETFs) China saw its manufacturing numbers in July slow for the first time since early last year, raising fears that the Asian region is gearing up for a hard time. Aaron Scott […]

One look at the performance of Malaysia’s exchange traded fund (ETF) is all you need to know that Malaysia has recovered well from the global economic crisis. But, with a global economic slowdown expected, as well as other policy concerns, it is imperative to know the changes that are happening before investing in the country. […]