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With Federal Reserve interest rate expectations muted after the weak August jobs data, emerging market exchange traded funds rebounded in response to investors’ continued search for yield. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) and Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) both rose 1.3% on Friday after dipping 0.7% and 0.6% over the […]

South African police reportedly ordered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to its offices, fueling speculation that the Treasury chief may be replaced and upending the South African rand currency and country-specific exchange traded fund. The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) plunged 2.9% Tuesday. South Africa has been one of the better performing emerging markets of […]

Thanks in large part to rising precious metals prices, the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) is up 27.5% year-to-date, good for one of the best performances among all single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds. EZA has been accruing that impressive year-to-date showing in the face of lingering concerns that one or more of […]

After struggling during the commodities the past two years, the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) is up a respectable 2.1% year-to-date thanks to resurgent precious metals prices. However, there are lingering concerns that Africa’s second-largest economy could be stung by a sovereign credit downgrade. The country is a major gold producer as well […]

South African mining companies experience their best month in 17 years Miners enjoy improved margins due to a surge in prices on raw materials However, South Africa’s mining industry remains vulnerable to slowing global growth The rally in global miners fueled a surge in South Africa’s equities market and country-specific exchange trade fund, with South […]

The South Africa country-specific exchange traded fund has been experiencing some wild swings on political volatility and surged Monday after President Jacob Zuma reinstated Pravin Gordhan as finance minister, calming market nerves. The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) plunged 16.1% over the past week and bounced back 7.4% Monday. Leading South Africa’s markets […]

Despite a tumbling currency and plunging commodities prices, the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) has outperformed the MSCI Emerging Markets Index on a year-to-date basis. That is to say EZA has been less bad than the emerging markets bad as the South Africa ETF has slid about 16% compared to a 20% loss […]

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 […]

As investors try to comb the world for the next big market, some may turn to Africa exchange traded funds to capture potentially more rapid growth. There are a number of Africa-focused ETFs that investors can choose from. For instance, the Market Vectors Africa Index ETF (NYSEArca: AFK) weights countries determined by the size of […]

South Africa stocks and country-specific exchange traded fund are rebounding off earlier June lows, but high inflation and weak growth are still causes for concern. The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) has jumped 7% since its June 5 low. EZA is still down 0.8% year-to-date. The South African economy, though, may be stuck […]

Global economic growth is expected to remain sluggish this year on a slowdown in major developing countries. However, India and country-specific exchange traded funds could lead the emerging markets. India remains one of the best performing markets in the developing world. Over the past year, the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (NYSEArca: EPI) rose 24.0%, iShares […]

Exchange traded funds that track Brazil, South Africa and Turkey could produce another round of headaches as the lingering trade deficits weigh on their economies and currencies. Brazil, South Africa and Turkey are among the remaining so-called fragile economies if the Federal Reserve decides to tighten its monetary policy, as former members India and Indonesia […]

After India and Indonesia enacted reforms to bolster their economies, emerging market exchange traded fund investors will only have to monitor the remaining fragile three if the Federal Reserve decides to tighten its monetary policy. Morgan Stanley first identified the Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa as the five most vulnerable to changes in […]

As the European Central Bank turns on its printing press, emerging market assets and related exchange traded funds could sop up all the excess liquidity. Emerging market ETFs, like the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), could capitalize on another round of easy money. Year-to-date, VWO […]

Exchange traded funds that track fragile-five countries Brazil, Indonesia, India, South Africa and Turkey have been susceptible to rising trade deficits and weakening currencies. However, the cheaper oil prices could help turn things around. According to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the low energy prices will help fragile-five economies narrow trade deficits and reduce […]

The weakness in the commodities market could help alleviate inflationary pressure in developing economies and bolster some emerging market stocks and exchange traded funds. According to Credit Suisse, cheaper commodities prices could diminish aggregate emerging market inflation, excluding China and India, by one to 6.6 percentage points by the end of 2015, reports Simon Kennedy […]

When it comes to emerging market exchange traded funds, investors were better off being picky, instead of taking on broad exposure to the developing economies. Investors are picking and choosing their country exposure one at a time, with South-East Asian countries outperforming the broader emerging markets, especially Thailand and the Philippines, writes Alen Mattich for […]

Emerging market exchange traded funds experienced one of their worst week of sales in months as market volatility pummeled riskier equities. According to J.P. Morgan estimates, emerging market funds experienced $3.5 billion in net redemptions, reports Dimitra DeFotis for Barron’s. Emerging market ETFs shrunk by $1.9 billion. So far this year, emerging market equity funds […]

With China’s spending on the decline and the U.S. Federal Reserve aiming toward tighter monetary policies, emerging market exchange traded funds that track the so-called fragile five – Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey – could mirror the weakness experienced earlier this year. “Growth in emerging markets has been driven by Chinese demand and […]

Moody’s Investors Service lowered the ratings of South Africa’s four largest banks and could issue further cuts after the collapse of African Bank Investments, dragging down the country-specific exchange traded fund. The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) fell 0.4% Tuesday. Nevertheless, the fund is still up 11.3% year-to-date. Moody’s cut the local-currency deposit […]

As Africa’s frontier markets develop, some of those economies are growing into the next generation of so-called African lions that could follow the path of the Asian tigers of the 21st century, potentially providing exchange traded fund investors an attractive growth opportunity. ETF investors can gain exposure to the broad African equities market through the […]

The ongoing volatility in South Africa and improved car sales are bolstering exchange traded funds that track platinum group metals, with platinum moving toward a 10-month high and palladium touching a two-week high. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) was up 1.2% Tuesday, while the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) was 1.5% higher. […]

The five-month miner strike in South Africa has ended, but platinum exchange traded fund investors may still see low supply and elevated prices over the short-term as normal mining operations slowly get back online. The ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) was up 0.9% Tuesday. PPLT has gained 5.9% year-to-date. [ETF Chart of the Day: […]

With no end in sight for the strikes on three South Africa’s three largest platinum miners, an extended economic malaise could weigh on the South Africa country-specific exchange traded fund. The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) has gained 7.2% year-to-date. Moody’s Investors Service warned that the prolonged strikes will have a “profound” effect […]

The South Africa country-specific exchange traded fund jumped Thursday, following a victory for the business friendly and reform-minded African National Congress in the country’s general election The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) rose 2.0% Thursday. EZA has surged 16.4% over the past three months and is up 5.2% year-to-date. After the about 80% […]

With two new physically backed palladium exchange traded funds on the way, palladium prices spiked to $800 Friday as traders anticipate increased demand for the metal on top of supply concerns out of South Africa and Russia, the two largest producers. Palladium prices touched $800 per ounce in morning trading but leveled off around $789 […]

As strikes and mining disruptions in South Africa, the world’s largest platinum producer, continue, physically backed platinum exchange traded fund holdings have surged with holdings rising to record highs. Platinum ETFs now hold a record 2.215 million ounces of the white metal, or about seven months in supply, Reuters reports. The Johannesburg-listed NewPlat ETF (NGPLTJ.J), […]

Tennessee, the Volunteer State,  is the top holder or second-largest investor in 12 emerging market exchange traded funds, highlighting the growing usage of ETFs as an investment tool to gain targeted exposure to market areas. The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System is now one of the biggest investors of country-specific emerging market ETFs, reports Margaret Newkirk […]

Investors who are more risk tolerant should take a closer look at Africa-related exchange traded funds capitalize on the growth story in the emerging markets. For instance, the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) is includes a portfolio of well-run financial services, telecommunication and consumer companies that have penetrated markets across Africa, writes Morningstar […]

Volatility in the developing economies pressured riskier assets at the start of the year, but investment money is slowly trickling back into emerging market debt country-specific exchange traded funds. Barclays data reveals that foreigners, notably institutional investors, are putting money back into emerging market debt, reports Shuli Ren for Barron’s. The bottom-up research conducted by […]