Yen Hedged ETFs Regain Momentum

The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) is in bad shape and that is good news for a group currency exchange traded funds.

After tumbling nearly 9% over the past month, FXY resides just 7.9% above its 52-week low and more downside is seen for the Japanese currency as the dollar climbs.

The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) is the largest Japan ETF trading in the U.S., but EWJ is not a currency hedged fund.

Currency hedged Japan ETFs include the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ), iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: HEWJ) and the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBJP). The currency-hedged ETFs are outperforming non-hedged funds as the local currency depreciates against the U.S. dollar.

A depreciating yen is supporting Japanese markets as a weaker currency bolsters the country’s large export industry. Japan currency-hedged exchange traded funds are rebounding as rising speculation of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this month fueled a strengthening U.S. dollar and depressed the yen currency.