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  • Nov. 5, 2015, 4:47 AM
    • German factory orders unexpectedly extended a series of declines in September, highlighting increasing risks for Europe's largest economy.
    • According to the Federal Statistical Office, factory orders fell 1.7% month-on-month in September, confounding expectations for a 1% rise.
    • This is the first time since 2011 that German orders decreased for three consecutive months amid a slump in demand for investment goods in the eurozone.
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, FGM, QDEU
    | Nov. 5, 2015, 4:47 AM
  • Nov. 2, 2015, 11:30 AM
    • U.S. equity ETFs took in more cash in October ($10B) than the rest of the year combined (Jan-Sept $6B), according to Bloomberg. The averages in October also happened to have their best month in four years. Coincidence?
    • Corporate bond ETFs (LQD) brought in $8.3B - the most money ever in one month. Most of that was in the particularly beaten-up high-yield sector (HYG, JNK), which brought in $5.6B - also a record. Up until last month, junk ETFs had seen net outflows year-to-date.
    • Emerging markets ETFs broke a 12-month string of outflows, bringing in $1.6B. Noteworthy are $900M of inflows for popular buy-and-hold ETFs like IEMG, along with $700M of inflows for a hot-money favorite like EEM.
    • Previously a golden boy sector for inflows this year, health care (NYSEARCA:XLV) saw $1.2B of cash exit in October, sparked by the Hillary Clinton-related biotech selloff.
    • After taking in $4.9B YTD through September, German ETFs EWG and HEWG saw $600M in outflows in October despite the market's rally. Both funds have about 15% exposure to auto manufacturers (like Volkswagen).
    | Nov. 2, 2015, 11:30 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 29, 2015, 6:32 AM
    • German unemployment fell in October in a sign that companies in Europe's largest economy are weathering a slowdown in the emerging markets.
    • Jobless claims declined a seasonally adjusted 5,000 to 2.788M, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.4%, the lowest level since German reunification.
    • The Bundesbank said this month that economic momentum remains "quite strong" even though manufacturing is stagnating.
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, FGM, QDEU
    | Oct. 29, 2015, 6:32 AM
  • Oct. 26, 2015, 12:26 PM
    • A reading of the business climate in Germany came in ahead of the forecast of economists.
    • The Ifo economic business climate index for October was 108.2 vs. 107.8 expected and 108.5 in September.
    • The stable view by German business managers indicates the impact of the Volkswagen emissions scandal on the broad German economy may be less than feared.
    • Ifo Institute: "Indeed the Volkswagen scandal has had no impact on the German automotive industry. The climate index for the automotive sector even continued to rise this month."
    • Related ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, FGM, QDEU.
    • Related stocks: OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:DDAIF.
    | Oct. 26, 2015, 12:26 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 13, 2015, 5:43 AM
    • Germany's economic morale plunged to a one-year low in October, with ZEW's investor confidence index tumbling to 1.9 from 12.1 last month.
    • "The exhaust gas scandal of Volkswagen and the weak growth of emerging markets has dampened economic outlook for Germany," ZEW President Clemens Fuest said in a statement. "However, the performance of the domestic economy is still good and the euro-area economy continues to recover."
    • DAX -1.2% to 9,998.50.
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, FGM, QDEU
    | Oct. 13, 2015, 5:43 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 8, 2015, 3:22 AM
    • German exports slumped the most since the height of the 2009 recession in another sign Europe's largest economy is losing momentum in Q3.
    • Foreign sales slid 5.2% to €97.7B M/M and imports tumbled 3.1% to €78.2B, narrowing the trade surplus to €19.6B.
    • The data follows sharp declines in industrial orders and output in August, suggesting waning demand from abroad may be leaving its mark on Germany.
    • DAX -0.3% to 9,940
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, FGM, QDEU
    | Oct. 8, 2015, 3:22 AM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 4, 2015, 1:35 PM
    • Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) will hold a special board meeting on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
    • Sources say the board agenda will include appointing Hans Dieter Poetsch as the head of the 20-person controlling panel and reviewing the outcome of an internal investigation on the emissions cheating crisis.
    • Economists have dialed back some of the early forecasts on the impact of the Volkswagen scandal on Germany GDP with other German automakers staying above the fray.
    • Previously: Major changes at Volkswagen could reshuffle the automaker deck (Oct. 3)
    • Related ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, FGM, QDEU.
    | Oct. 4, 2015, 1:35 PM
  • Oct. 2, 2015, 9:48 AM
    | Oct. 2, 2015, 9:48 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 1, 2015, 4:06 AM
    • German manufacturing PMI slipped to 52.3 in September from 53.3 in August, although the sector still enjoyed its best quarter for over a year.
    • Businesses maintained solid output and new-order growth, Markit says, while they also lowered prices as input costs fell further, although employment rose at weaker rate.
    • "The combination of rising backlogs and increased new orders suggests that companies will continue to scale up production levels, at least in the short term," Markit says.
    • The DAX is +1.1%. (PR)
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, BUNL, BUNT, GGOV, FGM, QDEU
    | Oct. 1, 2015, 4:06 AM
  • Sep. 30, 2015, 4:03 AM
    • German unemployment has held steady at 6.4% in September, as expected.
    • The number of unemployed increased by 2,000 after falling 6,000 in August and vs consensus of -5,000.
    • Earlier, retail sales data disappointed.
    • German Statistics Office Web site
    • The DAX is +1.7% and the euro is -0.2% at $1.1230.
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, BUNL, BUNT, GGOV, FGM, QDEU
    | Sep. 30, 2015, 4:03 AM
  • Sep. 30, 2015, 3:12 AM
    • German retail sales slumped 0.4% on month in August after growing 1.6% in July and came in well below consensus of growth of 0.2%.
    • On year, sales growth slowed to 2.5% from 3.8% and undershot expectations of +3.1%. (PR)
    • The euro is -0.3% at $1.1214, although the DAX seems to be ignoring the poor figures and is +2.2%.
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, BUNL, BUNT, GGOV, FGM, QDEU
    | Sep. 30, 2015, 3:12 AM
  • Sep. 24, 2015, 6:27 AM
    • German business morale unexpectedly improved in September, despite a weakening growth outlook for China and other large developing economies.
    • Ifo's business climate index rose to 108.5 this month from an upwardly revised 108.4 in August.
    • The reading was the strongest since May, suggesting company executives in Europe's largest economy remain upbeat despite the increase in global concerns.
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, FGM, QDEU
    | Sep. 24, 2015, 6:27 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 17, 2015, 4:49 AM
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  • Sep. 11, 2015, 2:48 AM
    • As expected, German CPI was flat on month in August as falling energy costs continued to have an impact on overall prices.
    • On year, inflation +0.2% vs +0.2% in July.
    • HICP unchanged on month, as previously. On year, HICP +0.1% vs +0.1%.
    • All the figures were in line with consensus.
    • WPI -0.8% on month vs -0.1%; on year, WPI -1.1% vs -0.5%.
    • DAX futures are +0.1%, while the euro is +0.05% at $1.1286. (PR)
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, BUNL, BUNT, GGOV, FGM, QDEU
    | Sep. 11, 2015, 2:48 AM
  • Sep. 8, 2015, 3:24 AM
    • German exports recovered to climb 2.4% on month in July after dropping 1.1% in June and blew past consensus of +0.7%.
    • Imports grew 2.2% vs -0.8% and +0.5%.
    • Germany's trade surplus rose to a record €22.8B from €22.1B and topped forecasts of €22.3B.
    • The non-adjusted current account slipped to €23.4B from €24.4B.
    • The figures stand in contrast to China's poor trade data, although the German numbers do come a day after data showed that industrial output slowed in July and after GDP missed forecasts.
    • The DAX is +1.3%, while the euro is +0.1% at $1.1180.
    • PR
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, BUNL, BUNT, GGOV, FGM, QDEU
    | Sep. 8, 2015, 3:24 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 4, 2015, 4:27 AM
    • German factory orders fell more than expected in July, indicating that growth in the eurozone's economic engine may still be bumpy.
    • Orders, adjusted for seasonal swings and inflation, dropped 1.4% vs. forecasts for a fall of just 0.6%. Moreover, the 2% climb in June was revised down to 1.8%.
    • The report comes after the ECB lowered its growth forecasts for the eurozone on Thursday, with President Mario Draghi citing a slowdown in emerging-market economies.
    • ETFs: EWG, GF, DAX, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, EWGS, FGM, QDEU
    | Sep. 4, 2015, 4:27 AM | 3 Comments
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The iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the German market, as measured by the MSCI Germany Index.
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