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iShares MSCI Belgium Capped ETF (EWK)

  • Fri, Mar. 20, 8:30 AM
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  • Fri, Jan. 30, 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%.
    | Fri, Jan. 30, 5:41 AM | 5 Comments
  • Dec. 31, 2014, 11:34 AM
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  • Nov. 27, 2014, 6:44 AM
    • Draft documents seen by Reuters show that the 2015 budgets of several European countries, including France, Italy and Belgium are at risk of breaking EU rules.
    • The Commission specifically picked out the three for a second compliance review to take place in March. This gives the countries more time to adjust policy before the EU executive decides whether to fine France for missing consolidation targets or put Italy and Belgium under a disciplinary procedure because of their debt.
    • On Friday, the Commission will publish the assessments of all of the draft budgets of the 18 euro zone countries, except Greece and Cyprus which remain under bailout programs.
    | Nov. 27, 2014, 6:44 AM | 4 Comments
  • Nov. 21, 2014, 7:27 AM
    | Nov. 21, 2014, 7:27 AM | 10 Comments
  • Aug. 14, 2014, 6:46 AM
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  • Jul. 7, 2014, 1:32 PM
    • Bloomberg reports that privately-held Omega Pharma N.V. is exploring a sale of the company for as much as $4B. The Belgian firm was taken private ~three years ago by the founder.
    | Jul. 7, 2014, 1:32 PM | Comment!
  • Jun. 5, 2014, 7:55 AM
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  • Dec. 31, 2012, 11:56 AM
    More details on iShares' ETF fee hikes: Going to 0.53% from 0.52% (a 1.9% hike) are its Ireland Capped Investable Market Fund (EIRL), Australia Fund (EWA), Canada Fund (EWC), Hong Kong Fund (EWH), Belgium Capped Fund (EWK), Switzerland Fund (EWL), Malaysia Fund (EWM), Netherlands Investable Market Fund (EWN), Spain Fund (EWP), France Fund (EWQ), Singapore Fund (EWS), United Kingdom Fund (EWU), Mexico Investable Market Fund (EWW) and EMU Fund (EZU).
    | Dec. 31, 2012, 11:56 AM | 2 Comments
  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:04 PM
    More on the ECB: Mario Draghi appears to have won over at least one Bundesbank member as Jorg Asmussen tells a German newspaper high peripheral bond yields reflect exchange rate risk, thus "our monetary policy (is) achieved only incompletely." It's crucial wording, suggesting he's okay with ECB bond purchases as long as they're couched in saving EMU, not financing Spanish and Italian governments. "We are working on (a) new program and will deal with it (at the next policy meeting)."
    | Aug. 20, 2012, 9:04 PM | 10 Comments
  • Aug. 20, 2012, 8:39 AM
    Goldman makes a big call on an EU comeback, recommending going long a basket of European firms with high domestic sales exposure against a short of companies with high U.S. exposure. Jeff Gundlach's May recommendation of long Spain vs. short U.S. is working, EWP outperforming SPY by 400 bps since.
    | Aug. 20, 2012, 8:39 AM | 3 Comments
  • Aug. 20, 2012, 6:41 AM
    The Bundesbank warns (in its monthly report) moves to share "solvency risks" in the eurozone should be decided by governments, not the ECB. The comments follow speculation the ECB is considering intervention to cap spreads between peripheral and German bond yields by buying unlimited amounts of government debt. It's a plan Germany's finance ministry denies any knowledge of but says would be "very problematic."
    | Aug. 20, 2012, 6:41 AM | Comment!
  • Aug. 19, 2012, 6:52 PM
    The ECB is considering capping peripheral bond yields by stepping in to buy the debt when its spread to German paper rises above a certain threshold, reports Der Spiegel. Draghi has complained that monetary policy transmission is broken, i.e., the ECB eases yet financial conditions tighten further in the periphery - this gives him his opening to buy government debt. A decision could come at the bank's September policy meeting.
    | Aug. 19, 2012, 6:52 PM | 17 Comments
  • Aug. 13, 2012, 11:50 AM
    Hedge funds capitulate, with data suggesting they are covering shorts on European stocks at the fastest rate since the epic bottom of early 2009. Likely priced in on the bear side are faltering economies and shrinking corporate profits. Maybe priced in on the bull side are further supportive official actions.
    | Aug. 13, 2012, 11:50 AM | 3 Comments
  • May 18, 2012, 8:26 AM
    The ECB is playing a game of chicken - sitting on its hands to play tough with the Club Med states - but (along with the other major central banks) will "step in massively," says HSBC's David Bloom, and set off a powerful rally. Bob Janjuah agrees - "The Fed and the ECB will respond (soon) and trigger a short, sharp rally."
    | May 18, 2012, 8:26 AM | 5 Comments
  • May 4, 2012, 11:03 AM
    Perhaps what's really roiling markets today are weekend elections in France and Greece. Greece looks particularly ugly, with true economic collapse in Athens potentially paving the way for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party to take 5-6% of the vote (2009 election: 0.23%). The communists are polling at about the same. "Be very worried," says Credit Suisse.
    | May 4, 2012, 11:03 AM | 13 Comments
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The iShares MSCI Belgium Investable Market 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 Belgian market, as measured by the MSCI Belgium Investable Market Index.
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