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WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity ETF (HEDJ)

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  • Fri, Aug. 21, 12:19 PM
    • The Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) tumbled another 3.2% today, bringing its loss to the week to roughly 7%. The gauge is off nearly 12% in just the handful of sessions since August 10, but still  up more than 3% YTD.
    • Leading today's decline was France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) down 3.2%, Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG-2.95%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP-3%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI-2.8%, U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU-2.8%.
    • The FTSE 100 is now off 5.5% YTD, and Germany's DAX is down 3.6%.
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFEZ, HGEU
    | Fri, Aug. 21, 12:19 PM | 7 Comments
  • Thu, Aug. 20, 12:23 PM
    • 2.2% decline in today's session leaves Europe's Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZnearly 10% lower than it stood ten days ago, and within about 2% of taking out the lows hit in early July amid the height of the Grexit panic.
    • Earlier, Greek PM Tspiras announced plans to step down and hold snap elections on Sept. 20 as he's been unable to get enough support from his own party for the country's latest bailout deal.
    • Germany's DAX (NYSEARCA:EWG) fell 2.3% today, and is off more than 10% since major trading partner China devalued the yuan.
    • France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) -2.1%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI-2.6%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP-1.8%, U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU-0.6%.
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFEZ, HGEU
    | Thu, Aug. 20, 12:23 PM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, Aug. 12, 7:25 AM
    • China was forced to intervene to support the tumbling yuan overnight, and at day's end set Wednesday's reference rate for the currency based on its closing level today. In the past, Beijing had ignored market moves and set the reference rate higher on days when markets sold it lower.
    • Last night's move is thus - more or less - a 2nd devaluation of the currency (really a freeing up of the currency). The yuan is now lower by 2.8% since Monday's close.
    • The bottom line is that Europe now has competition in the weak currency business - something its shaky economy probably doesn't need at the moment.
    • The Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) is lower by 2.3%, bringing its losses for the week to about 4%. Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) is down 2.4%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ2.3%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP1.6%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI2%, and the U.K. 1.2%.
    • The euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) is up 1% vs. the dollar to $1.1151.
    • ETFs: FXE, VGK, EUO, FEZ, HEDJ, ERO, IEV, EPV, EZU, DRR, FEU, EEA, EUFX, EURL, ULE, FEP, UPV, DBEU, URR, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HGEU, HFEZ
    | Wed, Aug. 12, 7:25 AM | 12 Comments
  • Mon, Jul. 27, 12:11 PM
    • Getting a chance to react to the rough Friday afternoon action in the U.S. as well as the 8.5% plunge in China overnight, Europe's Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) closes Monday with a 2.35% loss. The broad gauge remains higher  by 12% for the year.
    • Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) and France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) fell 2.5%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI3%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP1.4%, and the U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU1.1%. The Athens Stock Exchange looks set to reopen tomorrow. GREK -3.5%
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFEZ, HGEU
    | Mon, Jul. 27, 12:11 PM | 2 Comments
  • Sun, Jul. 12, 9:57 PM
    | Sun, Jul. 12, 9:57 PM | 36 Comments
  • Tue, Jul. 7, 8:18 AM
    | Tue, Jul. 7, 8:18 AM | 7 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 30, 10:54 AM
    • Up nearly 1% earlier, the Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) has turned lower by 0.6% less than an hour before the close.
    • The Stoxx 50 shed 4.25% yesterday, led by Italy's 5%+ decline.
    • The Eurogroup has set 1ET as a time for a conference call, at which Greece's latest proposal will be discussed.
    • Not too badly dinged yesterday, the U.K.'s (NYSEARCA:EWU) 1% loss is leading on the way down today. Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) -0.6%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) -0.8%, Itay (NYSEARCA:EWI-0.1%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP) -0.2%.
    • Athens remains closed for business, but the Greek ETF (GREK +5.1%) and National Bank of Greece (NBG +9.4%) are up sharply.
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFEZ
    | Tue, Jun. 30, 10:54 AM | 16 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 29, 7:45 AM
    • The Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) is near session lows, down 3.7% after Greece over the weekend shut the banks and the stock market, and imposed capital controls.
    • A referendum next Sunday is likely to determine the country's fate, with a "yes" vote meaning the fall of the current government, allowing a new government to cut a deal with the country's creditors. A "no" vote likely means Grexit.
    • Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI) is off 4.1%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP3.9%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ3.6%, Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) 3.3%, U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU1.8%.
    • Previously: Rates plunge on Greece gets ready to default (June 29)
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFEZ
    | Mon, Jun. 29, 7:45 AM | 3 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 22, 7:38 AM
    • While no deal has been reached, the Greek government's latest proposal makes major concessions on cutting deficits in the country's pension system - a long-standing demand of Greece's creditors.
    • According to the Greeks, the pension savings should amount to 0.4% of GDP this year and 1% starting in 2016 - pretty close to the target demanded by the IMF, ECB, and EU governments. Pencil pushers in Brussels will spend the next few days going through the numbers ahead of an emergency summit late this week.
    • Peripheral bond yields are headed south, while Germany's 10-year Bund yield is up ten basis points to 0.86%.
    • The Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ+2.6%, with Germany (NYSEARCA:EWGup 2.7%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ+2.6%, Spain (EWQ+2.5%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI+1.7%, the U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU+1%. Greece is higher by 5.7%.
    • GREK +2.7%, NBG +7.6% premarket
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFEZEU, BUNL, BUNT, GGOV
    | Mon, Jun. 22, 7:38 AM | 14 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 12, 9:57 AM
    • The bond rout of the past few weeks has been notable for its correlation. The bond markets of putative solid credits like Germany and the U.S. were hit as hard or even harder than those of countries like Spain and Italy.
    • Potentially worrisome in today's action: Yields are flat to lower in Germany and the U.S. while moving sharply higher in the peripheral countries.
    • The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is down 1 bp to 2.37% and the 10-year German Bund yield is lower by 3 bps to 0.86%. Meanwhile, the Spanish 10-year yield is up 18 bps to 2.31%, and Italy up 12 bps to 2.26%.
    • This is happening as another Greek default and then possible EU exit got more likely with the IMF technical team's return to D.C. yesterday, and investors may not want to be holding the paper of the next countries in line should anything adverse happen over the weekend.
    • Spain's IBEX 35 (NYSEARCA:EWP) is lower by 1.3%, and Italy's FTSE MIB (NYSEARCA:EWIby 1.5%. Elsewhere in Europe, Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) is down 1.5% and France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) is down 1.7%. FEZ -2.2%, GREK -4.1%, NBG -7%
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EU, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, BUNL, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, BUNT, GGOV, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU
    | Fri, Jun. 12, 9:57 AM | Comment!
  • Wed, Jun. 3, 9:04 AM
    • Apparently they've got whisper numbers at the ECB as Mario Draghi says Europe's economic recovery is on track with the bank's projections, but that the bank was hoping for something stronger than its forecasts.
    • Webcast
    • As for the recent strong read on core CPI, Draghi says the ECB is more concerned with trends and will look through near-term fluctuations. The bank did hike its 2015 inflation forecast to 0.3% from flat, but 2016 is unchanged at 1.5% and 2017 is unchanged at 1.8%.
    • The GDP growth outlook for 2015 and 2016 is unchanged at 1.5% and 1.9%, respectively, while 2017 is trimmed to 2% from 2.1% (there's that economist sense of humor).
    • The euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) is active, but currently lower by just 0.2% to $1.1135.
    • European stocks (NYSEARCA:FEZ) have added to earlier gains, with Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) and France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) leading the way, both ahead by 1.35%.
    • Previously: ECB leaves policy on hold (June 3)
    • ETFs: FXE, VGK, EUO, FEZ, HEDJ, ERO, IEV, EPV, EZU, DRR, FEU, EEA, EUFX, EURL, ULE, FEP, UPV, DBEU, URR, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU
    | Wed, Jun. 3, 9:04 AM | 4 Comments
  • Wed, May 27, 10:35 AM
    | Wed, May 27, 10:35 AM | 12 Comments
  • Tue, May 19, 11:57 AM
    • It was only this morning when the rest of the world found out what those at an invitation-only conference in London learned last night - that the ECB will front-load its QE program.
    • ECB member Benoit Coeure spoke at the conference - organized by the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis, and featuring senior officials from at least five central banks - but his speech wasn't released to the general public until this morning.
    • European interest rates and the euro (FXE -1.4%) are headed south today, while European equities soar.
    • The Stoxx 50's (NYSEARCA:FEZ2% gain is being led by Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG+2.2%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI+2.2%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ+2.1%, and Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP+1.4%.
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EEA, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU
    | Tue, May 19, 11:57 AM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, Apr. 29, 1:59 PM
    | Wed, Apr. 29, 1:59 PM | 14 Comments
  • Fri, Apr. 17, 7:36 AM
    • All the headlines say it's worry over Greece, but Europe was doing just fine in morning action until news hit about a big expansion in short-selling in China (after markets in China had closed for the session). Chinese futures have subsequently tumbled, and any China ETFs trading in the premarket are sharply lower despite gains in Shanghai overnight.
    • Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG-1.7%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) -1.2%, Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI-1.8%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP-1.8%, U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU-0.75%. Stocks in Athens (NYSEARCA:GREK) are lower by 0.9%.
    • Previously: China allows big boost in short selling (April 17)
    • ETFs: VGK, FEZ, HEDJ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EURL, FEP, UPV, DBEU, ADRU, HEZU, FEEU, IEUR, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU
    | Fri, Apr. 17, 7:36 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Apr. 14, 3:18 PM
    • While many investors cite volatility reduction as a rationale for currency hedging, a white paper from GMO's Catherine LeGraw argues: 1) Volatility may be cut over the short-term, but not over longer horizons; 2) Volatility benefits have been reduced over time as companies become more global; 3) Even if volatility is lowered for international holdings, it isn't reduced for the whole portfolio as the hedging simply makes holdings more correlated with U.S. stocks; 4) Hedging introduces leverage and hence tail risk (see the move in the Swiss franc).
    • WisdomTree (WETF -2.6%) has ridden a couple of star currency-hedged funds - DXJ and HEDJ to big profits.
    • There's also Deutsche's DBEF, and not surprisingly a bunch more have recently come to market like [[DBRE}} and DBIF. BlackRock this week filed for 11 new currency-hedged ETFs.
    • LeGraw: "Currency management is a useful tool when done for the right reasons: because of a high-conviction view, or a desire to mitigate an identified risk exposure. We caution that a simple currency hedging strategy may not achieve these objectives.”
    | Tue, Apr. 14, 3:18 PM | 7 Comments
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The Fund will seek to track the performance of the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Index. The Index and Fund are designed to have higher returns than an equivalent non-currency hedged investment when the value of the U.S. dollar is increasing relative to the value of the euro, and lower returns when the U.S. dollar declines against the euro. The Fund will invest in stocks of European companies with significant revenue from exports.
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