Greece’s status as a member of the Eurozone is solidified, at least for now and at least until more financial problems crop up there. Eurozone leaders agreed to a third bailout package for Greece, helping the country once again stave off financial disaster and potential departure from the Eurozone
Last week, the volatile Greek government submitted reform proposals to Eurozone officials in an effort to secure further bailout aid. Eurozone officials reviewed the package this weekend, potentially setting Greek stocks up for more early-week volatility next week. Without a third bailout, Greece likely defaults on its obligations and departs from the Eurozone.
While the Greek crisis has tried investors’ patience when it comes to Europe, select exchange traded funds offer investors the opportunity to remain long European equities while minimize Greece exposure and volatility. A weakening euro is likely to play a prime role in the direction of European stocks in the coming months. [Focusing on Quality With Europe ETFs]
“The 17% drop3 in the value of the euro relative to the US dollar since June 30, 2014, coupled with the tremendous run-up in European equities earlier this year, begs the question: Where do eurozone equities go from here? Historically, the year-over-year change in the EUR/USD exchange rate has led the direction of the Euro Stoxx 50 Index by approximately one year. Therefore, euro weakness in the past portends continued upside for eurozone equities, in my view,” according to a recent note from Invesco PowerShares.
The PowerShares Europe Currency Hedged Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: FXEU) is one avenue to consider for investors looking to profit from a falling euro while minimizing European equity market volatility. FXEU tracks members of the S&P Eurozone BMI Index to form the S&P Eurozone Low Volatility USD Hedged Index that displayed the lowest volatility over the trailing 12-months. [Some Combination ETFs Merit Consideration]