VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF (AFK) - NYSEARCA
  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:35 AM

    The Libyan unrest lights a fire under already happy oil and precious metals. April gold pops 1.3% to $1,403/oz, March silver surges 3.6% to a new post-Hunt brothers record $33.45/oz, and WTI crude nears $90/barrel, jumping 3.7%.

    | Feb. 21, 2011, 7:35 AM | 7 Comments
  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:30 AM

    Qaddafi's son takes to the airwaves, warning of civil war as the unrest moves to Tripoli, a government stronghold once thought to be immune to serious protest. Oil companies begin moving personnel out of the country. E -4.6%, STO +2.0%, BP and RDS.A flat in European trading.

    | Feb. 21, 2011, 7:30 AM
  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:31 AM

    Bahrain's move to have its military stand down restores a bit of calm, with opposition groups now meeting to prepare a coordinated list of demands to present to the government. The death toll continues to rise in Libya, where protesters take over Benghazi, long a spot of minor unrest, but now "in a state of chaos."

    | Feb. 20, 2011, 9:31 AM | 7 Comments
  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:00 AM

    Protesters in Bahrain regain control of Pearl Square after the crown prince orders the military off the streets following a day of attacks. In Libya, the government moves to shut down the internet as the death toll rises to 84. The violence escalates in Yemen as government supporters lay down their stones and return with automatic weapons, firing into an anti-government group.

    | Feb. 19, 2011, 9:00 AM | 9 Comments
  • Feb. 18, 2011, 3:47 PM

    Bahrain security forces escalate reprisals, opening fire on a crowd of mourners headed to Pearl Square. Forces continued to fire on medics loading the wounded into ambulances. Subdued calls for political reform 72 hours ago have given way to today's chants of “death to Khalifa,” Bahrain's King.

    | Feb. 18, 2011, 3:47 PM
  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:57 PM

    "Unless problems facing Saudi Arabia are solved, what (is) happening in some Arab countries ... could spread to Saudi Arabia, even worse," warns a member of the ruling family, urging King Abdullah to promote political reform. Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority is concentrated in the country's vital oil-producing region.

    | Feb. 18, 2011, 12:57 PM
  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:04 AM

    Anti-government protests gain steam and the death toll from clashes with security forces rises in Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya. The most lethal government reprisals are in Libya, where reports say 24 people were killed in yesterdays "Day of Rage."

    | Feb. 18, 2011, 8:04 AM
  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:37 AM

    Protests in Bahrain morph from demands for political reform into calls for the government to step down after 3 more people die in clashes with state security. "The brutal violence we saw today doesn’t give any chance for the government to continue," says a Shiite lawmaker.

    | Feb. 17, 2011, 7:37 AM
  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:50 AM

    Protests continue in Bahrain, where demands shift from political reforms to the removal, after 40 years in office, of the Prime Minister. The movement spreads to Libya, where hundreds gather to demand the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi, in power since 1969.

    | Feb. 16, 2011, 7:50 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:44 AM

    Thousands of protesters take control of the main square in Bahrain's capital, settling in with generators and tents, after a 2nd death resulting from clashes with the police. Unlike Egypt, opposition groups are calling for political reforms, not yet regime change.

    | Feb. 15, 2011, 11:44 AM
  • Feb. 14, 2011, 10:46 AM

    An attempt at buying citizen calm with a $2,700 check to each family not working, Bahrain security forces fire tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds agitating for political reform. A human rights group warns attempts to crush protests could lead to "chaos and bloodshed."

    | Feb. 14, 2011, 10:46 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 9, 2011, 11:39 AM
    "These incidents come and go," says Mark Mobius, who sees opportunity in unrest. His Templeton Frontier Markets fund has 56% of its assets in the Middle East and Africa. “We have been investing in Egypt for quite some time ... we’re not selling anything; that’s for sure." EGPT -1.1%. FRN -1.0%.
    | Feb. 9, 2011, 11:39 AM
  • Feb. 4, 2011, 11:48 AM

    Uprisings in the Middle East, record food prices, high inflation, tighter monetary policy ... investors take their pick as emerging market funds see their biggest weekly outflows ever. BoA's Michael Hartnett calls it the "Great Rotation," as folks shift funds into the U.S. and Europe.

    | Feb. 4, 2011, 11:48 AM
  • Jan. 31, 2011, 5:34 PM
    Markets/ETFs that Egypt pounded last week mostly bounced today. The one exception is Israel, maybe due to monetary tightening issues. A look at last Friday's list: EGPT -7.9%. AFK -0.03%. GAF -0.9%. TUR -3.4%. ISL -1.25%. EIS -1.9%. FFD -0.9%.
    | Jan. 31, 2011, 5:34 PM
  • Jan. 31, 2011, 11:06 AM

    The Lex column also reminds that Egypt, accounting for 0.3% of world GDP, isn't the problem, it's the possible spread to the rest of the region. Saudi Arabia may find that helping its citizens with food purchases will not be enough to hold back the forces spreading through North Africa. EGPT +2.3%.

    | Jan. 31, 2011, 11:06 AM
  • Jan. 31, 2011, 8:51 AM
    Todd Harrison reboots an article from 3 1/2 years ago as a reminder that the risk today isn't Egypt any more than it was American Home Mortgage in the summer of 2007. The risk is contagion.
    | Jan. 31, 2011, 8:51 AM | 3 Comments
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VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF (AFK) seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the MVIS GDP Africa Index (MVAFKTR), which includes local listings of companies that are incorporated in Africa and offshore listings of companies incorporated outside of Africa but that generate at least 50% of their revenues (or, where applicable, have at least 50% of their assets) in Africa.
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