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Investors have turned to gold exchange traded funds as a safe-haven play in times of market stress. However, the precious metal may not always act as a hedge against stock volatility. Over the past five years, the correlation between the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, has been mildly […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, is off 4.3% year-to-date and with the Federal Reserve seen holding off on anymore than two interest […]

The U.S. dollar and currency-related exchange traded funds are regaining ground after Federal Reserve officials fueled speculation that the central bank could raise interest rates at its next meeting. Meanwhile, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including […]

Well, do not cast the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) aside just yet if you are a firm believe that Goldman Sachs is accurate in its bullish calls on the greenback. UUP, which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, […]

U.S. dollar experienced one of its worst three-week streaks in over four years  PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) has declined 3.8% since the start of March PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bearish Fund (NYSEArca: UDN) jumps 3.9% since the start of the month The U.S. dollar experienced one of its worst three-week streaks […]

Federal Reserve keeps short-term interest rates unchanged at a range of between 0.25% and 0.5% Fed officials also suggested there will only be two more rate hikes this year Weakening dollar helps bolster commodity assets With the Federal Reserve keeping short-term interest rates unchanged, rate-sensitive exchange traded funds popped while some trades dependent on higher rates […]

Commodities surge has helped emerging markets equities and relevant ETFs A stronger dollar supports calls for the Federal Reserve to stick to interest rate normalization Numerous factors could play roles in the dollar’s performance this year, including commodities prices Commodities prices have surged over the past month. That has helped emerging markets equities and the […]

In an environment where safe-haven assets have been prized by investors, it would seem logical that the U.S. dollar would be a prime destination. However, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) is lower by 1.3% year-to-date. UUP acts as the ETF proxy for the U.S. Dollar Index, tracking the price movement […]

The U.S. dollar is regaining ground, with the greenback-related exchange traded fund trading back above its long-term trend line, on the recent upbeat economic data. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British […]

Although safe-haven investments have been favored this year, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, is off about 2%. However, some currency market observers […]

Traders found solace in safe-haven currency exchange traded funds as global uncertainty fueled the risk-off environment. On Tuesday, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was up 1.0%, CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) gained 0.8% and CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust (NYSEArca: FXF) was 1.6% higher. Over the past week, FXE added 2.7%, FXY increased […]

The U.S. dollar plunged Wednesday, with a greenback-related exchange traded fund dipping below its long-term trend line, as the worsening economic outlook and ongoing volatility added to skepticism that the Federal Reserve would pull the trigger on another rate hike anytime soon. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) fell 2.0% Wednesday, […]

Although safe-haven investments have been favored this year, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, has risen just a third of a percent. Numerous […]

While volatility racked the markets, currency exchange traded funds that track safe-haven currencies like the euro, Japanese yen and Swiss franc strengthened. On Friday, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was up 0.4%, CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) gained 0.9% and CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust (NYSEArca: FXF) was 0.9% higher. FXY has been […]

Exchange traded fund investors thinking about international exposure may capture improved growth abroad if the strength in the U.S. dollar slows down. John Bilton, global head of multi asset strategy at JPMorgan Asset Management, argues on the Financial Times that the dollar strength will not become excessive, which will help reinforce the US expansion and […]

While many anticipate the U.S. dollar to continue to strengthen against foreign currencies, especially with the Federal Reserve targeting higher rates, the Canadian dollar and currency-related exchange traded fund may outperform the greenback. Many currency watchers anticipate the USD to appreciate against foreign currencies, albeit at a slower pace. “The move may be more muted […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, has climbed nearly 18% over the past two years, making the Dollar Index tracking ETF one of […]

The CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) is 10.6% this year, good for one of the worst performances among exchange trade funds tracking developed market currencies. While a major rebound for FXE and the common currency next is not something many currency market analysts are expecting, investors might do well to temper expectations for significant […]

Following Wednesday’s news of the Federal Reserve’s first interest rate hike in nearly a decade, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, closed higher […]

Interest rate-sensitive assets and related exchange traded funds were relatively unfazed by the Federal Reserve’s announced first rate hike since 2006, suggesting that the markets may have already priced in higher rates. The Federal Open Market Committee announced that it will raise the benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to between […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, traded higher Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s Fed meeting. However, market participants are displaying some mixed emotions […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, is up nearly 6% year-to-date. That makes UUP one of the best-performing currency exchange traded funds this […]

The U.S. dollar and currency-related exchange traded funds have bounced back to their highest levels since spring as traders bet on diverging central bank policies ahead. Over the past three months, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, has surged 5% over the past month and much of that move is attributable to speculation that […]

U.S. dollar exchange traded funds continue to strengthen as currency traders anticipate the Federal Reserve is on schedule to normalize its monetary policies, with the euro heading toward dollar parity. Over the past month, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, and the actively managed WisdomTree Bloomberg U.S. Dollar Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: USDU) are up 4.5% and 2.6%, […]

The U.S. dollar and currency-related exchange traded fund jumped to a seven-month high Friday after an unexpectedly strong October jobs report bolstered the case for a December interest rate hike. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including […]

As international central banks enact loose monetary policies, foreign investors have turned to U.S. government debt for higher yields, supporting gains in the U.S. dollar and currency-related exchange traded funds. For instance, the U.S. two-year Treasury note currently yields about 0.83% while the Germany Bund 2-year yield is minus 0.32%. The interest rate differential in […]

Although advisors and investors have focused intently on the Federal Reserve’s plans for interest rates this year, fixed income exchange traded funds have swelled in size and popularity. In fact, bond ETFs listed around the world now have more than $500 billion in combined assets under management. Plenty of market participants and pundits have an […]

Say what you want about Bill Gross. He’s arrogant. He’s petty. He didn’t give his colleague El-Arian enough credit. He destroyed PIMCO Total Return (PTTDX) and now he is dragging down the bond funds at Janus. What kind of bond king is that? From my vantage point, however, the rush to discredit Gross has its […]