Investors who want to hedge against another volatile event in Europe could take a look at short, or inverse, Europe-related exchange traded funds.
For instance, after the weekend breakdown in negotiations between the Greek government and creditors put the country closer to a default and exit from the Eurozone, the ProShares UltraShort FTSE Europe (NYSEArca: EPV), which tracks the -2x or -200% daily performance of the FTSE Developed Europe Index, surged 6.8% on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEArca: VGK), which tracks the FTSE Developed Europe Index, fell 3.5% Monday.
Eurozone stocks experienced their worst one-day decline since 2011 on Monday after Greece shut its banks and imposed capital controls to limit a run on banks, Reuters reported.
On Tuesday, the European Central Bank’s bailout program for Greece will end, but Greece is still holding a July 5 referendum to vote on whether or not the country will approve or reject terms set by creditors, CBC reports.
Additionally, the International Monetary Fund payment of 1.2 billion euros is due on Tuesday as well. A Greek official has stated that the country would not pay it back by the deadline.
Meanwhile, the euro currency slightly strengthened against the U.S. dollar Monday, reversing early day losses. Peter Kinsella at Commerzbank argues that the currency markets have already adjusted to Greece expectations accordingly, so the Greek decision didn’t affect the euro outlook too much, reports Roger Blitz for the Financial Times.