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The Sweden country-specific exchange traded fund could be picking up speed as the Swedish economy is growing faster than previously expected. The iShares MSCI Sweden ETF (NYSEArca: EWD) was up 1.2% Friday and rose 8.3% year-to-date, outperforming the broader Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEArca: VGK), which gained 6.5% so far this year. Swedish markets were […]

The Denmark exchange traded fund is bouncing back as the Danish central bank cut its main interest rates for the fourth time in two-and-a-half weeks in an attempt to keep pace with the runaway depreciation in the euro currency. The iShares MSCI Denmark Capped ETF (BATS: EDEN) is up 1.2% year-to-date and is testing its […]

Sweden’s central bank implemented a larger than expected rate cut and signaled low rates are here to stay in an attempt to counter a low inflationary environment and stimulate growth, bolstering the Sweden country-specific exchange traded fund but pressuring the krona currency to a four-year low. The iShares MSCI Sweden ETF (NYSEArca: EWD) was up […]

Sweden stock- and currency-related exchange traded funds are suffering from risk-off trades ahead of elections less than two weeks away. The iShares MSCI Sweden ETF (NYSEArca: EWD) was down 0.6% Tuesday while the CurrencyShares Swedish Krona ETF (NYSEArca: FXS) was 0.4% lower. Over the past week EWD dipped 0.6% and FXS declined 1.1%. Stirring greater […]

Exchange traded funds tracking European equities, both the diversified and single-country varieties, have been receiving ample attention in recent months and deservedly so. Inflows have been robust and some country-specific Europe ETFs are delivering impressive performances. Even the major ETFs tracking formerly downtrodden stocks in peripheral European nations such as Italy, Portugal and Spain have […]

Exchange traded funds that track Scandinavian or Nordic countries have attracted investors with their stable triple-A credit, but some are growing wary, pointing to the region’s rising household debt and potential housing bubble as a cause for concern. Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden sport stable AAA credit ratings, which have driven down borrowing costs and […]

Exchange traded funds that focus on foreign countries can affected by currency movements as well as the direction of stock markets. Currency fluctuations against the U.S. dollar are one factor that can have a big impact on the overall investment return. With ETFs, investors can get exposure to international regions or individual countries. “Going global […]

For investors who would like exposure to Europe without taking on direct exposure to the Eurozone debt, the Global X FTSE Nordic Region ETF (NYSEArca: GXF) targets four countries from this region. Exchange traded funds tracking countries from this corner of Europe have seen renewed interest, marked by higher-than-normal trading volume. “These products have all managed to […]

Exchange traded funds pegged to the U.S. dollar and other currencies are taking their cues from central banks. In particular, dollar ETFs are sensitive to the prospect of further easing from the Federal Reserve. PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish (NYSEArca: UUP) is down slightly year to date. The ETF follows the movement of the […]

Exchange traded funds have bounced late this week on signs Greece will shelve a planned referendum on the financial rescue. A interest-rate cut by the European Central Bank has also helped fuel the rally. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index ended up 2.1% Thursday, with all major European indices showing gains, reports WSJ.com. European markets ended […]

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: […]

An exchange traded fund that invests in Sweden was lower Friday after auto manufacturer Volvo said its second-quarter earnings and profit rose from the year-ago period. Scania, the Swedish truckmaker controlled by Volkswagon, recently missed analysts estimates on second quarter profit, due to slower sales. The lower than anticipated results were blamed on slow tractor […]

Lingering concern over Greece’s finances has weighed on an exchange traded fund indexed to Sweden. The Swedish economy is expected to expand this year but will begin to slow, according to recent research. iShares MSCI Sweden Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWD) is down roughly 7% year to date. Sweden’s National Institute of Economic Research (NIER) projected […]

Global X launched its Global X FTSE Norway (NYSEArca: NORW) exchange traded fund (ETF) late last year. It could have some appeal for conservative investors who want to steer well clear of Europe’s trouble spots. The fund began trading on Nov. 9 and since then has gathered about $22 million, explains The ETF Professor for […]

Look out below! Euro exchange traded funds (ETFs) are sinking fast this morning. The currency’s decline came shortly after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet spoke, toning down his earlier comments about the potential for interest rate hikes to tamp down inflation, says The Wall Street Journal. That led to a broad selloff in the […]

One of the easiest ways to jump-start economic growth is to make your currency weak. But in a market that’s all about relativity, what happens when everyone starts doing it? For developed economies, a weaker currency allows the currency to easily unload exports and even debt onto the international markets, writes Sara Churchville for Minyanville. […]

It turns out Americans are pretty happy, but nine other nations are a lot happier. While it might not be feasible to pack up and move, you can play the jovial mood with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank that ranks the happiest countries in the world, came out with its […]

European leaders have convened for a two-day summit to address Europe’s growing debt problem. While the outcome is uncertain at this point, exchange traded funds (ETFs) could give clues about how it’s going. Thing to Watch 1: Spain. The PIIGS are widely acknowledged to be the biggest trouble spots, and the E.U. will be focusing […]

In discussing Europe’s financial crisis, Ireland and Greece are often the first names to come up. But now Belgium has entered the conversation, it might be cause for concern about its exchange traded fund (ETF). The troubling signBorrowing costs for Belgium have inched higher, many are watching the economic health of this country as a […]

Trading lower on news of another potential cash infusion by the Central Bank into the markets, the U.S. dollar is depreciating against a basket of currencies. The various currency exchange traded funds (ETFs) are an easy way for investors to access the swings in the currency market. Recent news came out about a growing consensus […]

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 […]

While the forex market is a 24-hour-a-day operation, you can make things easier on yourself by making use of currency exchange traded funds (ETFs). Before you dive in feet first, read up on how currency ETFs work. First and foremost, currencies are all about relationships. The euro could depreciate further if Germany doesn’t bail out […]

Yesterday concluded the worst month the Dow has seen since 2001. Today, the markets are getting off on the right foot by jumping more than 200 points in early trading. Global and industrial metal exchange traded funds (ETFs) are leading the charge. The ETF Dashboard shows that among the leading ETFs this morning are iShares […]

The euro has enjoyed a nice ride in the last few weeks, but that has come to an end. The dollar is appreciating against the euro again, but there are other currency exchange traded funds (ETFs) that may be worth a look, too. Despite a lackluster forecast by the FOMC last week, the U.S. dollar […]

Nordic countries saw their economies pummeled at the start of the financial downturn, but their smaller markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) were among the first jump back. Some are even growing so quickly that rate hikes are needed to cool things off. Of all the western European countries, only Sweden and Norway’s Central […]

The euro has fallen mightily against the U.S. dollar, and some believe it will weaken even more. Regardless of whether the euro further weakens or makes a strong rally, it is prudent to know how much your exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio is exposed to the euro. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely […]

At long last, there’s a deal in place to help contain the debt crisis in Europe and keep the euro currency in action. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are soaring on the news in keeping with the adage that the most beaten-down areas perform the best in recoveries. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely […]

Europe’s economy is in a shambles: Greece is dealing with a massive deficit, but not far behind are countries like Portugal, Spain and Ireland. There are still ways to get exposure in Europe via exchange traded funds (ETFs) while sidestepping these landmines. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and […]

Prudent governmental policies are slowly healing a battered Swedish economy, yet, the recovery won’t be as swift as others. Sweden’s economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) may be doing better than expected, but how 2010 will go is up in the air. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and […]

The 16-nation eurozone has finally emerged from its recession on the strength of export growth in its largest economy, Germany. There are single-country and broad exchange traded funds (ETFs) to play this positive development. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on […]