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In anticipation of the summer doldrums, many have increased cash positions to sit out potential volatility ahead. However, increasing negative sentiment may signal contrarian opportunities for some areas of the market and exchange traded funds. A Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager survey revealed that money managers are increasing their cash positions this month […]

Diminished momentum in “Brexit” sentiment helped assuage fears of a United Kingdom break away from the European Union and triggered a surge in the British pound sterling and currency-related exchange traded fund. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) increased 1.1% Wednesday. FXB is still down 2.0% year-to-date, weakening this year on uncertainty over […]

As Great Britain potentially parts ways from the European Union in the so-called Brexit, the British pound sterling dipped to a seven-year low against the U.S. dollar, with currency-related exchange traded fund falling to an all-time low. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB), which tracks the movement of GBP against the USD, fell […]

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 […]

The global miner sector and related exchange traded funds were among the worst performing areas of the market Monday as huge sell-off in Glencore (LSE: GLEN.L) fueled fears that the commodities rout is cutting deep into the mining industry. Glencore shares plunged 30% to near an all-time low Monday on concerns that the company was […]

This article was written by Matthew Dennis, senior portfolio manager for Invesco international/global growth products. On the back of strong European Central Bank (ECB) quantitative easing measures and increasing signs of successful reflation, the eurozone continued on a trajectory of improving trends that the Invesco International and Global Growth team cited early in 2015, when […]

United Kingdom stocks and country-specific exchange traded fund investors may be too complacent about the impending volatility ahead as the country braces for its general elections. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: EWU) has dipped 0.1% year-to-date. In the weeks ahead, BlackRock argues that investors could see greater volatility in the sterling currency and […]

Now that the European Commission cut its outlook on the Eurozone, European market investors can use country-specific exchange traded funds to target areas of potential strength. The EU commission downwardly revised the gross domestic product in the 18-country Eurozone to expand 0.8% this year from its early forecasted 1.2% expansion, reports Gabriele Stenhauser for the […]

The British pound and United Kingdom stock exchange traded funds plunged Monday in response to rising support for a Scottish independence ahead of a referendum vote scheduled for next week. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) was down 1.1% Monday. Meanwhile, the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF’s (NYSEArca: EWU) fell 1.9%, dipping below […]

The British pound exchange traded fund is marching toward a six-year high as the improving economy and rising inflation fuel speculation of a Bank of England rate hike. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) rose 0.4% Tuesday. FXB has strengthened 2.9% year-to-date and is trading near its highest level since 2008. Meanwhile, the […]

The British pound, along with related currency exchange traded fund, jumped to a three-week high against the greenback after the Bank of England hinted that rates could rise sooner than expected, with some pointing to rate hikes as early as the first quarter of next year. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) gained […]

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 […]

A United Kingdom country-specific exchange traded fund is trading near a six-year high Tuesday as U.K. stocks reached their  highest level since 1999 on German Bundesbank support for additional stimulus in the Eurozone. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: EWU) was slightly down after touching an intra-day high of $21.8 per share Tuesday. EWU […]

The British pound sterling exchange traded fund has been steadily rising as traders pushed up bets this month, with hedge funds and other large speculators at their most bullish on the currency since 2011. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) rose 1.6% over the past month and is up 1.3% year-to-date. As of […]

The British pound sterling exchange traded fund has been steadily appreciating, with the currency touching a four-and-a-half year high Thursday, as traders speculate on tightening Bank of England monetary policies. The pound sterling touched $1.6842 against the greenback Thursday, its strongest since Nov. 18, 2009, reports Clare Connaghan for the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, the […]

European economies are on the road to recovery, pulling out of a recession in 2013. As these economies pick up steam, investors can take a look at small-capitalization exchange traded funds that will capitalize on Europe’s local growth. Many analysts predict that the European profit cycle still has room to expand, with European indices focused […]

The British pound could appreciate against the U.S. dollar before the Bank of England reveals its Monetary Policy Committee discussion, Morgan Stanley says. Investors can also track the currency’s movements through the related exchange traded fund. Morgan Stanley strategists led by head of global currency strategy Hans Redeker believe sterling will strengthen as the March […]

United Kingdom equities are hovering around their highest level in a little over 14 years. While there are no U.S.-listed exchange traded funds that track the FTSE 100 Index, there are a number of ETFs that follow U.K. stocks. The FTSE 100 Index closed at 6,865.86 Monday, its highest level since December 1999, as Dixons […]

United Kingdom exchange traded fund investors can breathe a little easier after Bank of England reassured markets that it will push back plans to raise rates and help support a growing economy. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: EWU) was up 0.3% Thursday. EWU has gained 4.7% over the past week but is still […]

The United Kingdom has been a solid, stable force in the global economy, but a Scottish referendum for independence could throw Great Britain into turmoil. Scotland, a part of the United Kingdom occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain and second largest trading market in the U.K., is set to vote September […]

The United Kingdom recently repealed a stamp duty in an attempt to entice exchange traded fund providers to set-up shop in the country, but the policy change may not be enough to upend sponsors. In the Autumn Statement, U.K. Treasury Chief George Osborne abolished the stamp duty on investments purchased by fund managers from U.K. […]

Investors in the U.K. can trade exchange traded funds, but fund providers have been loath to set up shop in the country. However, with the repeal of the U.K.’s stamp duty, the European ETF industry could expand more quickly. In the Autumn Statement, U.K. Treasury Chief George Osborne abolished the stamp duty on investments purchased […]

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. […]

United Kingdom exchange traded funds are gaining momentum, but sluggishness in the Eurozone and the lack of export growth could put Britain’s economy off its game. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney acknowledged that weakness in the Eurozone could hinder the country’s export outlook and limit rebalance of the economy, reports Eshe Nelson for Bloomberg. […]

The British pound sterling exchange traded fund strengthened after a four day losing streak as the Bank of England hinted that they may raise interest rates sooner-than-expected due to the strengthening economy. The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB) was up 0.8% Wednesday. FXB is down 2.4% year-to-date. The BOE stated in its quarterly […]

ETF Spotlight on the db X-trackers MSCI United Kingdom Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBUK), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $5.2 million Objective: The db X-trackers MSCI United Kingdom Hedged Equity Fund tries to reflect the performance of the MSCI United Kingdom US Dolar Hedged Index, which provides exposure to the U.K. equity market but […]

The British pound  could strengthen on an improving economy and the Bank of England’s more tolerant stance for a stronger exchange rate, bolstering United Kingdom-related exchange traded funds. Britain’s economy expanded at its fastest clip in three years over the third quarter, Bloomberg reports. Meanwhile, traders are speculating that the BOE will raise benchmark rates […]

The United Kingdom country-specific exchange traded fund continued to weaken Friday, moving toward its first weekly loss since August, after a Bank of England governor pointed to an end to stimulus. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: EWU) dipped 0.5% Friday. EWU is up 12.2% year-to-date. U.K. stocks weakened following BOE Governor Mark Carney’s […]

Oil prices are heating up along with the rhetoric surrounding a potential U.S. military strike on Syria. Oil ETFs are an obvious way to position for higher energy prices, but single-country funds are another strategy and investors have many options. “First, higher oil demand is a seasonal summer trend not only in developed nations but […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This Thursday, I looked at the WisdomTree United Kingdom (U.K.) Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXPS). The ETF offers investors a good way to gain exposure to […]