Brexit Could Punish Sterling ETF

The weaker British currency can also weigh on returns for United Kingdom ETFs that do not hedge against currency risks. For instance, the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF’s (NYSEArca: EWU) tracks U.K. companies and is exposed to shifts in the Forex, so an expanding U.K. market coupled with a stronger pound could translate to greater U.S.-dollar returns.

Goldman Sachs “believes Britain will remain in the EU, but its macro markets strategy team has looked at what would happen to the pound if the vote goes the other way. It predicts that such an outcome would alarm foreign investors and put them off injecting capital into Britain, placing pressure on the current account deficit,” reports The Guardian.

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