As the U.S. dollar continues to struggle, foreign currencies and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them are showing an up trend.
The dollar has taken a hit over the past few months and many currency experts believe that it will continue to remain weak because American consumers aren’t feeling confident, U.S. policymakers want to keep U.S. goods cheap to entice foreigners to buy more of our stuff and the ballooning of the U.S. budget deficit, states Gary Gordon at ETF Expert.
As a result of the aforementioned, 12 out of the 14 “pure play” currency ETFs are trading above their 200-day moving averages and most have year-to-date gains. (The two exceptions are the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bullish (UUP) and the CurrencyShares Mexican Peso (FXM)).
To play currencies, mind the trend lines and have an exit strategy if you’re invested.
Some of the best performing currency ETFs include:
- CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling (FXB): up 12.5% year-to-date