The euro’s decline has accelerated over concerns that Greece’s debt woes could spread to other eurozone members. Worries over Europe’s growing debt crisis are reverberating throughout the currency exchange traded fund (ETF) market.
The U.S. dollar has risen to a new one-year high against the euro as prospects of a widening debt crisis in the eurozone pushed investors to a flight to quality toward the U.S. and Japanese currencies, writes Joe Manimbo for TheStreet.
Political uncertainty before a national election in the United Kingdom has kept the British pound vulnerable. The pound dropped to a five-week low against the U.S. dollar but gained against the weakening euro. [Buying the Euro?]
- CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB)
The Canadian dollar is close to a six-week low against the U.S. dollar after a drop in market sentiment on the growing debt crisis in Europe.
- Currency Shares Canadian Dollar Trust (NYSEArca: FXC)
Most of these non-euro funds are ailing themselves these days. The standout is the bullish U.S. dollar fund from PowerShares, which is up 3.5% in the last two weeks and 9.3% in the last six months. It’s clearly been the biggest beneficiary in the European crisis. The yen is next in line, up just 0.4% for the last week, but down 3.6% in the last six months. It’s also 1.9% below its 200-day moving average.
Clearly, we need to wait for some trends to reappear here. [How to Follow Trends.]
The euro could be ailing for a while. Anxiety over eurozone economies brought the euro down to 1.29 against the dollar, report Sebastian Moffett and Alkman Granitsas for The Wall Street Journal.
The fiscal crisis in Greece has brought on a crippling national strike that has turned into a violence in the face of new austerity measures imposed by the government in exchange for about $143 billion in bailout loans. [Euro and ETFs Slump As Greek Uprising Intensifies.]
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Max Chen contributed to this article.
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