iShares MSCI Sweden ETF(EWD)- NYSEARCA
  • Wed, Jul. 6, 4:43 AM
    • Sweden's central bank held its main interest rate steady at -0.5% today, citing Brexit uncertainty as a reason to delay future rate hikes.
    • The Swedish economy continues to strengthen, but there is "considerable uncertainty" over developments abroad, the Riksbank said, adding that government bond purchases will continue during the second half of 2016.
    • ETFs: EWD, FXS
    | Wed, Jul. 6, 4:43 AM
  • Thu, Apr. 21, 4:17 AM
    • Sweden's central bank is buying more bonds to drive down longer yields as policy makers try to fight currency gains that threaten to undermine their efforts to rekindle inflation.
    • The Riksbank left its benchmark repo rate at -0.5%, but added 45B kronor ($5.6B) to its quantitative easing program, including inflation linked bonds, to be purchased during the second half of the year.
    • Sweden's currency is gaining against the dollar in the wake of the announcement.
    • ETFs: EWD, FXS
    | Thu, Apr. 21, 4:17 AM
  • Thu, Feb. 11, 4:44 AM
    • Sweden's central bank has lowered its key interest rate even further below zero, saying it's prepared to use its full toolbox of measures as it battles to revive inflation and keep the krona from appreciating.
    • "Uncertainty regarding global developments is still high, with low inflation and several central banks pursuing more expansionary monetary policy," the Riksbank said.
    • The repo rate was reduced from -0.35% to -0.50%, while government bond purchases will continue as planned for the first six months of 2016.
    • ETFs: EWD, FXS
    | Thu, Feb. 11, 4:44 AM | 11 Comments
  • Dec. 15, 2015, 5:06 AM
    • Sweden's central bank has kept its key lending rate unchanged at a record-low of -0.35% and refrained from boosting it bond purchasing program in a bet that a surge in growth will propel the economy out of three years of zero inflation.
    • "Developments in the Swedish economy have been somewhat stronger than expected, while uncertainty remains globally," the bank said. "There has been an upward trend in inflation since last year, but it is not yet on a firm footing."
    • The Riksbank's outlook for rates to first rise in early 2017 was also kept unchanged.
    • ETFs: EWD, FXS
    | Dec. 15, 2015, 5:06 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 28, 2015, 6:29 AM
    • Sweden's Riksbank has expanded its bond-purchase plan for a fourth time since February as policy makers face continuing peer pressure to keep up with stimulus measures in the eurozone.
    • While holding its benchmark repo rate unchanged at -0.35%, the Riksbank said it would expand its bond-buying program by 65B Swedish crowns ($7.65B).
    • The move follows a speech from ECB President Mario Draghi last Thursday, which spoke of ramping up the eurozone's €1T quantitative easing program in December.
    • ETFs: EWD, FXS
    | Oct. 28, 2015, 6:29 AM
  • Sep. 17, 2015, 4:49 AM
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  • Jul. 2, 2015, 4:58 AM
    • Sweden's central bank unexpectedly lowered its main interest rate deeper into negative levels today and expanded its bond purchases to the end of the year, saying uncertainty abroad had increased and it was difficult to assess the consequences of the situation in Greece.
    • The repo rate was cut to -0.35% from -0.25%, while the country expanded its bond purchasing program by 45B kronor ($5.3B) to the end of year, adding to the 80B-90B kronor that was already announced.
    • ETFs: EWD, FXS
    | Jul. 2, 2015, 4:58 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 20, 2015, 8:30 AM
    | Mar. 20, 2015, 8:30 AM | 5 Comments
  • Feb. 12, 2015, 6:17 AM
    • Along with Ukraine's new peace agreement, European shares are heading higher as euro-area finance ministers put off decisions on Greece’s bailout terms until next week.
    • Greek officials were unable to reach a deal to stay in an EU bailout program yesterday, and will return to Brussels on Feb. 16 to try to end the deadlock.
    • Meanwhile, Sweden’s central bank cut its main interest rate into negative territory and announced a bond-buying program this morning, sending European shares even higher.
    • ETFs: GREK, EWD, FXS
    • FTSE 100 +0.4%; DAX +1.6%; CAC 40 +1%; Euro Stoxx 50 +1.4%.
    | Feb. 12, 2015, 6:17 AM | 5 Comments
  • Jan. 30, 2015, 5:41 AM
    • Heightening the risk of a slide toward deflation, Eurostat today reported the largest decline in consumer prices in the eurozone since July 2009.
    • Consumer prices were 0.6% lower than in January 2014, having fallen 0.2% on an annual basis in December.
    • The plunge in consumer prices is unlikely to have an immediate effect on the ECB's €60B/month QE package, although the longer prices stay in negative territory, the more pressure the central bank will have to extend the program.
    • FTSE 100 -0.6%; DAX -0.5%; CAC 40 -0.7%; Euro Stoxx 50 -0.5%.
    • ETFs: EWG, GREK, EWI, EWL, EWD, EWQ, EPOL, PLND, EWO, EWN, EWK, EDEN, PGAL, DBGR, DAX, DXGE, EFNL, FGM, FSZ, QDEU, HEWG
    | Jan. 30, 2015, 5:41 AM | 5 Comments
  • Dec. 31, 2014, 11:34 AM
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  • Nov. 21, 2014, 7:27 AM
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  • Aug. 14, 2014, 6:46 AM
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  • Jul. 3, 2014, 8:10 AM
    • The Swedish krona is the world's worst performing currency today after the Riksbank unexpectedly slashes its benchmark rate by 50 basis points to 0.25%. A cut had been expected, but the size of the reduction has taken most by surprise.
    • The move comes following the ECB's rate cut last month, and with the zero bound fast-approaching, some suggest the Riksbank will have to look to unconventional measures next.
    • The OMX Stockholm 30 Index is up 1.1%
    • ETF: EWD.
    | Jul. 3, 2014, 8:10 AM
  • Jun. 5, 2014, 7:55 AM
    | Jun. 5, 2014, 7:55 AM
  • Dec. 31, 2012, 11:56 AM
    More details on iShares' ETF fee hikes: Going to 0.53% from 0.51% (a 3.9% hike) are its New Zealand Investable Market Fund (ENZL), Sweden Fund (EWD), Germany Fund (EWG), Italy Fund (EWI), Japan Fund (EWJ) and Japan Small Cap Fund (SCJ).
    | Dec. 31, 2012, 11:56 AM
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