South Korea

The developing world is showing uneven growth, with countries like Russia and Brazil floundering. Consequently, investors should pick their spots in the emerging markets and pay particular attention to exchange traded funds that track tech-heavy Taiwan, India, China and Korea. The deepening recession in Brazil and Russia have weakened the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India […]

South Korea country-specific exchange traded fund is looking to break out as it tests its long-term resistance after picking up speed on improved automobile sales and rising smartphone demand. The iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY), which tries to reflect the performance of the MSCI Korea 25/50 Index, gained 12.0% over the past […]

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 […]

The South Korean market and country-specific exchange traded funds have been on fire in April, strengthening on the earnings growth, prospect of rising dividends and cheap valuations. Over the past month, the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) rose 9.6%, Horizons Korea KOSPI 200 ETF (NYSEArca: HKOR) gained 9.3%, First Trust South Korea […]

Overseas central bank action in Asia could drive markets and exchange traded funds this week as the Reserve Bank of Australia, Bank of Japan and Bank of Korea meet. On Tuesday, many anticipate the Australian central bank to cut its interest rates to help foster growth in response to the fall in commodities prices. Societe […]

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 […]

The Bank of Korea, South Korea’s central bank, joined the spate of global central banks lowering interest rates when pared borrowing costs to a record low of 1.75% earlier Thursday. In becoming at least the 24th central bank to lower rates this year, and one of a growing number of emerging markets central banks to […]

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 […]

In an attempt to reverse a slowdown in growth, the Bank of Korea issued its first rate cut in over a year, lifting South Korea stocks and related exchange traded funds. The First Trust South Korea AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FKO) rose 2.1% Thursday while the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) was up […]

While U.S. stocks and the related exchange traded funds have recently been flailing, ETFs focusing on Asian markets are providing investors with a surprising source of shelter. “However, much of the turn in sentiment and performance can be attributed to visible improvement in the Chinese economy. Last week, a key measure of Chinese manufacturing activity […]

If history is any guide, the short answer is “no,” but index geeks will get another chance to debate the status of Asia’s fourth-largest economy this evening when index provider MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) reveals its annual market reclassification. On six previous occasions, South Korea has been up for a promotion to developed market status. All […]

Despite some growing pains during a shift in economic policies, China-related exchange traded funds could bounce on hopes that Beijing will implement monetary easing. The iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI) has declined 9.2% year-to-date while the db X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares Fund (NYSEArca: ASHR), an ETF that directly accesses the A-shares traded […]

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 […]

Viewers of Sunday’s Academy Awards and those not living in a cave by now the tale of the “selfie” snapped by host Ellen DeGeneres. Featuring some of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors and actresses, the picture has reportedly become the most retweeted photo in the history of Twitter (NYSE: TWTR). Movie buffs and casual Twitter users […]

South Korea exchange traded funds are struggling this year, but the country’s slowdown may have less to do with the general risk-off selling in emerging markets and more to do with weaker global growth. Most South Korean companies are heavily involved in the export industry, selling goods to emerging and developed economies, writes Patricia Oey, […]

The economic and political problems in developing economies sent waves through the global markets. Nevertheless, the emerging markets should still be a part of a diversified global portfolio, and investors can utilize exchange traded funds to navigate the world. For starters, investors can avoid troubled countries, like Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa, and […]

Emerging market equity ETFs posted another selloff for the month of January, totaling $10 billion in outflows globally – the largest monthly outflows for this segment on record. In fact, last week marked the 6th week of steady outflows, and set a record as the largest weekly outflow since August 2010. Investors seeking to avoid […]

Emerging markets exchange traded funds can be part of an income investor’s portfolio and ETF issuers have met what was once rising interest in developing world dividends with an increasing array of new products. Some developing economies take dividends seriously or at least attempt to. For example, China is the largest emerging markets dividend payer […]

It was October 2012 when Vanguard, the third-largest U.S. ETF issuer, shook the ETF world when it announced it would move some of its popular funds away from MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) indices to FTSE indices. The largest of the affected funds was the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (NYSEArca: VWO), still the largest emerging markets ETF […]

A toxic cocktail of negative news is afflicting emerging markets bonds, currencies and equities leaving investors with little to no shelter from the storm in the developing world. The catalysts for the current emerging markets washout are almost too numerous to list here, but the “highlights” include renewed fears about a slowdown in China and […]

South Korean stocks managed to race higher in the latter half of 2013 as global investors favored lower beta emerging markets that were home to strong currencies and current account surpluses. The fervor over emerging economies with account surpluses, in the case of South Korea, meant investors overlooked a previous warning from South Korean central […]

Compared to scores of other emerging markets ETFs, the 3.5% 2013 gain posted by the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) is downright impressive. Hampered by the weak yen, a scenario that has not improved, talk of Federal Reserve tapering, a scenario that has been confirmed, EWY struggled through the first half of […]

South Korea exchange traded funds stand out among other emerging markets as the country benefits from a current-account surplus and an arguably undervalued won currency. The iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) is up 0.8% year-to-date, outperforming the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), which is down 4.8% year-to-date. [South Korea ETF Poised […]

In a mostly glum year for single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds, the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY) is something of a standout even with a loss of 1.7%. EWY, one of the largest country-specific ETFs of any type with almost $4.4 billion in assets under management, has been a stout performer […]

Emerging market stocks have fallen behind U.S. equities this year, and the underperformance could continue into the next. However, there are a few bright spots that exchange traded fund investors can hone in on. Credit Suisse projects the MSCI EM Index will only gain 6% by the end of 2014, reports Shuli Ren for Barron’s. […]

Talk of intervention by the Bank of Korea in an effort to weaken the won, one of this year’s top-performing emerging markets currencies, could mean the newly minted WisdomTree Korea Hedged Equity Fund (NasdaqGS: DXKW) is worth a look for investors looking hedged-currency exposure to Asia’s fourth-largest economy. Earlier this week, South Korean Finance Minister […]

Today, South Korea is at the forefront of the debate about what constitutes the demarcation between an emerging and a developed market. Two major index providers, FTSE and MSCI, each champion one side of the argument. Below, we outline the basic tenets of each position and then discuss the ultimate considerations for investors. Investors who […]

Growing Appeal of Currency Hedging Back in 2009, WisdomTree developed its first Index that was designed to hedge the performance of developed market currencies in a developed world, MSCI EAFE-like universe1. While the concept of currency hedging was not novel or unique to WisdomTree, there was a dearth of investment strategies offering such exposure to […]

Exchange traded funds featuring hedges against foreign currency fluctuations have witnessed impressive growth this, led by the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) and the db X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBJP). WisdomTree (NasdaqGM: WETF),  the fifth-largest U.S. ETF issuer and the firm behind one of the more expansive suites of currency-hedged […]

It may be conservative, docile and downright boring compared to other emerging Asian equity markets, but the recent returns offered by South Korean stocks have been anything but boring. Over the past 90 days, the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY), the largest ETF tracking Asia’s fourth-largest economy, is up 16.6% or more […]