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The votes are in and the United Kingdom will dissolve its 43-year membership in the European Union, triggering mass sell-off in global markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Leading the plunge, United Kingdom market-related ETFs were the worst hit, with the First Trust United Kingdom AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FKU), which provides a smart-beta play on […]

The ongoing selling pressure has dragged on global markets, with developed market country-specific exchange traded funds falling off as Japan and Europe dip into a bear market. British equities are joining other European markets like Germany, France and Spain in a bear market after Wednesday’s 3.5% decline in the FTSE 100 Index, reports Cecile Vannucci […]

Addressing the popular demand for foreign investment options, Deustche Asset and Wealth management has expanded its suite of international currency-hedged exchange traded funds to hone in on more targeted slices of the global market. According to a press release, DeAWM launched six new currency-hedged ETFs, including: Deutsche X-trackers MSCI EAFE Small Cap Hedged Equity ETF […]

Following the Greek debt crisis, France and Italy exchange traded funds quickly bounced back and are among the best performing countries in the Eurozone. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWI) increased 14.7% and iShares MSCI France ETF (NYSEArca: EWQ) rose 10.4%. In contrast, the iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) was up […]

Ireland and Spain are among the fastest growing economies in the Eurozone. Investors interested in gaining exposure to the strengthening markets can utilize country-specific exchange traded funds. Ireland announced a delayed first quarter results, revealing a 1.4% month-over-month growth, with an impressive 6.5% annual growth rate, Reuters reports. The Irish economy expanded by an upwardly […]

With Greece paying back creditors and volatility dissipating, investors may want to revisit the international investment theme through Eurozone-related exchange traded funds. Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has now upgraded its three-month view on European equities to “overweight” and downgraded U.S. stocks to “underweight,” arguing that stocks at home typically underperformed in the 12 months after […]

The Greece-induced sell-off has caused a correction in European stocks and related exchange traded funds, creating an opportunity for bargain hunters who want access to Eurozone markets on the cheap. Europe’s multiples now look cheap compared to earnings, whereas U.S. stocks are trading at a high multiple of earnings that appear at the top of […]

On Sunday, Greece once again set the stage for a roiling of global financial markets when voters there said “Oxi” to conditions set forth by international creditors for additional financial aid, a decision that could push the country closer to financial ruin. Greek voters rebuffed a plan that would include more austerity measures, including trimmed […]

The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) is bouncing back today after tumbling nearly 4% on Tuesday, a performance that made the largest Spain exchange traded fund one of the day’s worst-preforming ETFs. Political instability in the Eurozone’s fourth-largest economy could further elevate volatility for Spanish stock, potentially punishing investors that have poured into […]

Peripheral Eurozone markets, along with related country-specific exchange traded funds, are retreating as public discontent on austerity measures fuels another round of debt concerns, with bond yields rising again. Heightening the recent concerns, Spain’s municipal and regional elections held Sunday added to government debt risks as the upstart anti-austerity party gained momentum, reports Alen Mattich […]

Thanks to the European Central Bank’s accommodative monetary policy and the subsequently stumbling euro, European equity exchange traded funds have received ample adulation and attention this year. Investors put $71 billion into non-U.S. developed equities in the first three months of the year, making it the strongest first quarter on record.  Currency hedged ETFs saw […]

Once thought to be the “next shoe to drop” among the PIIGS nations, Spain has seen its equity market stage a remarkable recovery over the past two and a half years, providing a lift to several well-known, U.S.-listed exchange traded funds. “Highlighting the recovery in the performance of Spanish stocks compositely is the fact that […]

After the new Greek government assuaged fears of a write-down on debt and growing instability in the region, exchange traded funds that track once troubled PIIGS – Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain – could break out. On Tuesday, the Global X FTSE Portugal 20 ETF (NYSEArca: PGAL) rose 2.5%, iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF(NYSEArca: […]

The Spain-specific exchange traded fund could see more pain before turning around as the country’s largest bank raises capital to hedge against any turns and cuts dividends to shareholders. The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) has declined 10.9% over the past year. Banco Santander SA, the Eurozone’s largest bank by market value, estimates […]

After the Scotland referendum, Catalonia is voicing its desire for an independence vote as well, potentially heightening volatility in Spanish stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds. The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) has declined 10.3% over the past three months and is up 1.5% year-to-date. Catalonia has been increasingly forceful in its push […]

Investors could be gaining confidence in Spanish markets and related exchange traded fund as the country’s financial sector rebounds and yields on benchmark Treasuries dip to a two-century low. The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) has increased 10.8% year-to-date. In comparison, the FTSE Eurotop 100 Index, which tracks the largest companies taken from […]

Spanish stocks and related country-specific exchange traded fund have been outperforming other core Eurozone markets as the economy picks up at its fastest clip in six years over the second quarter. However, growth could begin to slow. The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) is up 8.1% year-to-date and has increased 44.7% over the […]

Dragged down by renewed worries surrounding Portugal’s finances, Europe exchange traded funds are suffering from another round of financial crisis woes as investors focus on the continent’s less stable peripheral nations. The iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) and the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ), which both focus on Eurozone countries, both declined about […]

While smart-beta index-based exchange traded funds are beginning to gain a wider following, the indexing methodology and investment strategies are still somewhat of a black box. Consequently, there is still an urgent need to educate investors on the relatively new products. On the recent Multi-Factor Index Investing webcast, Scott Conlon, portfolio strategist for State Street […]

While the equities markets are hovering around record highs, with the S&P 500 breaking above 1900 for the first time Tuesday, investors are increasing their hoard of cash and those who are in the markets are favoring overseas stock and related exchange traded fund exposure. According to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager […]

Investors are enjoying the resurgence of several previously moribund Eurozone economies and equity markets, including Spain, the region’s fourth-largest economy. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) is higher by 10%, a performance that easily tops those offered by steadier single-country Europe ETFs, such as the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: EWU), […]

While emerging markets exchange traded funds have wilted, particularly single-country funds, Europe ETFs have stood tall in 2014. Granted, that is a broad statement and not all Europe ETFs have set the world on fire this year, but there have been obvious pockets of strength, including the funds tracking the once controversial PIIGS nations. That […]

Investors are feeling more confident in Spanish assets and related exchange traded fund as Spain sold off a record amount of debt, pushing borrowing costs to a seven-year low. The iShares MSCI Spain ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) has gained 3.5% so far this year and is up 28.5% over the past year. EWP has attracted $196 […]

Spanish stocks and related exchange traded fund is outpacing the broader European equities market as traders capitalize on cheap valuations and the peripheral state rebounds from the Eurozone debt crisis. The iShares MSCI Spain ETF (NYSEArca: EWP) rose 1.7% Monday. EWP has gained 28.1% over the past year. [Ten Best Europe Country ETFs] In comparison, […]

Investors have taken note of the plethora of diversified Europe exchange traded funds that are soaring this year. That is a good idea as improving economic data and valuations that are still seen as cheap compared to U.S. stocks have some market observers, including major global banks, forecasting further upside for European stocks in 2014. […]

Few single-country Europe ETFs can match the 2013 returns accrued by the iShares MSCI Spain ETF (NYSEArca: EWP). EWP, the lone Spain ETF, is higher by nearly 25% while the comparable France and Italy ETFs are up “just” 19.7% and 15.3%, respectively. The equivalent Germany and Netherlands ETFs are both up more than 20%, but […]

On the surface, avoiding a single-country ETF that tracks a nation with severe unemployment would appear to be a good idea. Avoiding the iShares MSCI South Africa Index Fund (NYSEArca: EZA) this year would have meant missing out on a loss of 20%. Dodging Egypt, where youth unemployment is double the already dismal national rate […]

European stocks and exchange traded funds have been rallying over the past six months, however, new trouble is brewing in Italy and Spain. Political issues are arising in these countries just as the debt worries have subsided. “ETFs in Europe continued to gain traction in 2013. Given the performance of European stock markets, it is […]