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The race is on to select the next U.K. prime minister, with Jeremy Hunt going head-to-head with Boris Johnson for the role. Johnson remains the favorite in the race and has so far been backed by 160 Conservative ...
The European Central Bank could see rate cuts as a toolkit for new stimulus . On Tuesday, the European stock market recovered from early falls as ECB President Mario Draghi promised more monetary stimulus ...
Draghi's decision to take a dovish approach comes a day before the Fed’s policy decision. Fed Chair Jerome Powell is also expected to take a dovish stance, but a rate cut this month looks quite improbable.
Last year was another banner year for Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. issuer of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). As of Dec. 27, Vanguard ETFs listed in the U.S. had $841.70 billion in assets under management, trailing only BlackRock's iShares brand.When 2018 ended four Vanguard ETFs ranked among the year's top ten ETFs in terms of new assets added. Only iShares had more funds on that list, with five. One of the reasons Vanguard ETFs are so popular with advisors and investors is the issuer's reputation for having some of the lowest fees in the fund industry.While there are some examples of ETFs with lower expense ratios than competing Vanguard ETFs, Vanguard has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the low-cost leaders in the index fund and ETF industry.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 Here are some of the best Vanguard ETFs to consider in 2019: Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)Expense ratio: 0.09% per year, or $9 on a $10, 000 investment.European stocks suffered through a dismal 2018, as highlighted by the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEARCA:VGK) losing almost 18% for the year. VGK finished 2018 residing nearly 13% below its 200-day moving average, a technical indicator the fund has not closed above since the second quarter.VGK follows the FTSE Developed Europe All Cap Index and its geographic selection universe includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, according to Vanguard.In order for this Vanguard ETF to shine in 2019, European geopolitical volatility needs to ease and catalysts beyond valuation and "it cannot get much worse for European stocks" need to emerge. Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)Expense ratio: 0.04% per yearLast year was another challenging one for value stocks, but the fourth-quarter slide in growth and momentum has some market observers speculating that investors will favor more defensive value fare in 2019. The Vanguard Value ETF (NYSEARCA:VTV), one of the cheapest value funds on the market, lost nearly 8% last year and trailed the S&P 500.Like many value funds, this Vanguard ETF was hamstrung in 2018 by a large combined weight to the financial services and energy sectors. Those sectors, two of the worst-performing groups in the S&P 500 last year, combine for nearly 33% of VTV's weight. * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 As is the case with European stocks, much of the case for value stocks in 2019 revolves around investors saying enough is enough with the declines and earnestly rotating away from growth into value. Investors added $2.54 billion to VTV in the fourth quarter, indicating some are willing to bet on a value rebound in 2019. Vanguard High Dividend ETF (VYM)Expense ratio: 0.06% per yearThe combination of rising interest rates and weakness in the broader market hampered high dividend strategies, such as the Vanguard High Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:VYM), in 2018. This Vanguard ETF finished 2018 with a loss of nearly 9%. If investors flock to defensive sectors in 2019, something that started happening late last year, VYM could be one of the best Vanguard ETFs in the new year."A Reuters analysis of 2019 outlooks from 10 major financial institutions found eight, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Barclays, with 'overweight' ratings on at least one defensive sector for 2019," reports Reuters. "That marks a big change from last year, when just two of those banks favored any defensive sectors."VYM, which yields 3%, allocates about 34% of its combined weight to the defensive consumer staples, healthcare and utilities sectors. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO)Expense ratio: 0.12% per yearSomething investors heard plenty of in 2018: Emerging markets stocks got punished. From China to Chile and many, many more, emerging markets stocks were a dismal asset class last year as reflected by an annual decline of 17% for the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO).VWO, one of the largest emerging markets ETFs by assets, shares some similarities with the aforementioned VGK. Like European stocks, emerging markets equities look like value plays and there is a chorus of investors willing to say things will not get much worse for developing economies.If the Federal Reserve slows its pace of rate hikes in 2019 and the dollar weakens, there could be upside to be had with emerging markets equities. * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 "There are at least some reasons to be hopeful for emerging Asian assets: oil prices have dropped about 40% from their October peak, which is a boon for countries that import the commodity. Central banks remain vigilant, while a growing number of analysts, including those at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and UBS Group AG, say the dollar is close to its peak," according to Bloomberg. Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH)Expense ratio: 0.07% per yearOne way for investors to Fed-proof fixed income portfolios is to lower duration risk. The Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ:VCSH) is one of the best Vanguard ETFs on the short-duration side of the ledger. Plus, this Vanguard fund does not skimp on yield.VCSH has a yield of 2.77%, which is solid when considering the fund's average duration is just 2.7 years. This Vanguard ETF holds over 2,200 investment-grade corporate bonds.Over 59% of VCSH's holdings are rated AA or A while 45% are rated BBB. This Vanguard ETF outperformed the longer duration Markit iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade Index by about 600 basis points last year. Vanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF (VOE)Expense ratio: 0.07% per yearAs is the case with the aforementioned VTV, investors embracing the value factor in 2019 would benefit the Vanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF (NYSEARCA:VOE). Mid-cap stockshad a rough 2018 and value stocks were among the more egregious offenders in that category. This Vanguard ETF lagged the S&P MidCap 400 Index by about 240 basis points last year.VOE holds 203 stocks with a median market value of $14.2 billion, which is just outside of mid-cap territory. Like large-cap value strategies, this Vanguard ETF has a large financial services weight (23.9%). Consumer sentiment is important to the fortunes of this Vanguard ETF as the two consumer sectors combine for 27.50% of VOE's roster. * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (VTEB)Expense ratio: 0.09% per yearAfter establishing a rich tradition in the municipal bond index fund and mutual fund arenas, Vanguard got into muni ETFs with the Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (NASDAQ:VTEB). This Vanguard ETF follows the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index, one of the most widely followed gauges of municipal bonds.In terms of sheer number of holdings, the $4.7 billion VTEB is one of the largest municipal bond ETFs as it is home to nearly 4,200 bonds. This Vanguard ETF's holdings have an average maturity of 13.8 years an average duration of 5.6 years.As is to be expected with investment-grade municipal bond funds, credit risk is not an issue with this Vanguard ETF as over 90% of its holdings are rated AAA, AA or A.As of this writing, Todd Shriber owns shares of VWO. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Top Stock Picks From the Street's Best Analysts * 7 Tech Stocks Without China Exposure * 5 Strong-Buy Stocks That Crushed 2018 Compare Brokers The post 7 Top-Rated Vanguard ETFs to Buy in 2019 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
It is easy to think that the ill effects of the trade war between the U.S. and China are limited to those countries. After all, the S&P 500 fell 5.67% in May while the MSCI China Index was more than twice as bad, plunging 12.74% last month.Unfortunately for investors considering international equities and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the White House is not limiting its tariff efforts to China. Last month, the White House boosted tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% from 10%, but that is not the end of the U.S. tariff list.Rather, the President Donald Trump Administration is targeting other countries with tariffs, including some major developing economies -- explaining in large part why the MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 6.63% in May.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * The 10 Best Stocks for 2019 -- So Far For investors looking to steer clear of tariff-related controversy, these might be some of the international ETFs to avoid over the near-term. ETFs to Avoid: iShares MSCI Mexico ETF (EWW)Expense Ratio: 0.47% per year, or $47 on a $10,000 investment.One of the primary reasons stocks plunged in the final trading session of May was news that the White House is targeting Mexico, the largest trading partner of the U.S., with a slew of fresh tariffs. That sent the iShares MSCI Mexico ETF (NYSEARCA:EWW) lower by 3.6% on volume that was more than double the daily average. That was this international ETF's worst one-day performance in six months.On a standalone basis, tariffs are usually controversial, but those aimed at Mexico are even more so. While Mexico enjoys geographic proximity to the U.S., the world's largest economy, the White House views that trading relationship as uneven. Additionally, the tariff action against Latin America's second-largest economy takes on added controversy because the Trump Administration is essentially saying these tariffs are the result of Mexico's unwillingness to help with the illegal immigration crisis.EWW is the largest dedicated Mexico fund, and there may be some near-term hope for this international ETF."Mexico's president on Saturday hinted his country could tighten migration controls to defuse U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, and said he expected 'good results' from talks planned in Washington next week.," according to Reuters. VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK)Expense Ratio: 0.66%With the bulk of its holdings being domestic casino operators and companies with exposure to Macau, the VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (NYSEARCA:BJK) may not appear to be the type of international ETF that could be stymied by tariff talk. But price action suggests otherwise, as BJK tumbled nearly 11% in May.Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS), Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) are all Las Vegas-based companies, but each has a footprint in Macau, the only Chinese territory where gambling is legal. Proving that exposure to China is problematic when the country is at odds with the U.S., Las Vegas Sands and Wynn fell an average of 22.5% last month, putting the two largest U.S casino operators by market value in bear markets. * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge Bottom line: If the tariff war between the world's top two economies keeps gamblers away from the tables in Macau, BJK has the makings of international ETF that is poised to languish over the near-term. Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)Expense Ratio: 0.09%Yes, the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEARCA:VGK) is a cheap ETF. And yes, this international ETF performed less poorly than the S&P 500 in May. Even with those positive traits, this international ETF could be vulnerable to more near-term downside if the U.S. decides to explore a new theater in the trade war. That theater being Europe.President Trump has overtly used harsh rhetoric against some European companies. For example, he has said that automotive trade imbalances favoring Europe are threatening U.S. automakers. The president is also pushing the European Union (EU) to take more agriculture from U.S. farmers, something the EU is balking at."Countries like France and Belgium have also balked at joining talks because of the Trump administration's refusal in 2017 to sign a global pact on climate change," reports The New York Times. "And leaders of the Green coalition in the European Parliament have said they will not sign trade agreements with countries that have not ratified the climate accord."Bottom line: The EU and the U.S. could very well be the next chapter in the trade conflict, and that is likely to be bad news for developed-market international ETFs, such as VGK. iShares MSCI India ETF (INDA)Expense Ratio: 0.68%The iShares MSCI India ETF (CBOE:INDA) and other India funds were stars among international ETFs last month, as stocks in Asia's third-largest economy rallied following the reelection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While Indian equities look good compared to the broad emerging markets complex, there is significant trade war risk with the U.S. here.Last week, the White House removed India's special trade status, a policy that kept billions of dollars of Indian imports to the U.S. away from tariffs."I have determined that India has not assured the United States that India will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets," President Donald Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. * 7 Bank Stocks to Leave in the Vault Today, India loses its status as a beneficiary developing country. Time will tell if that move by the U.S. hampers India ETFs. VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (SLX)Expense Ratio: 0.56%The VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEARCA:SLX) is a reverse tariff play. The U.S. steel industry was one group that actually benefited from tariffs, but in a recent sign of some willingness to make trade concessions, the White House lifted tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel imports.While not an international ETF, SLX predictably reacted adversely to that news. The steel ETF is down almost 13% in the current quarter and resides almost 30% below its 52-week high, putting the fund deep into bear market territory. Analysts are sounding bearish tones on domestic steel stocks, including some residing in SLX.Last week, Deutsche Bank lowered its ratings on Nucor (NYSE:NUE) and Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD) to "hold" from "buy" while hitting US Steel (NYSE:X) with a "sell" rating. But SLX could be reinvigorated when Trump hits the 2020 campaign trail in earnest, assuming he again promises to protect domestic steel producers.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Retailers Including Disney Agree to Ditch On-Call Scheduling * The 10 Best Stocks for 2019 -- So Far * 7 Small-Cap ETFs to Buy Now Compare Brokers The post 5 Non-China ETFs Being Stung by Tariff Talk appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Prime Minister Theresa May will officially resign this month. Trump and May are not set to have formal one-to-one talks during his visit. Trump has encouraged the U.K. to walk away from any negotiations with the European Union if they are unable to secure a favorable Brexit deal.
Reports emerging Wednesday from Westminster suggest that British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to resign, according to Sky News. Very senior MP tells me the word from the Cabinet corridor in the HoC is that the PM will resign tonight, Andrea Leadsom is poised to resign to launch a leadership bid, others may also resign & David Lidington will take over as acting PM. Unconfirmed! May faced calls to resign Wednesday amid a backlash against her Brexit plan from Conservative MPs.
The ETF fee war continues after Vanguard decided to cut fees on 21 of its ultra low-cost ETF funds last week. This includes eight of its ten biggest ETFs. Among the ETFs in this latest round of expense ...
As the markets rebounded from the last year’s pullback, many shunned the European markets. However, some may want to look back into Europe region-related ETFs as some of bumps are smoothed out. European ...
Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, is again wielding its low-cost sword. On April 26, Vanguard said it's lowering fees on 21 of its ETFs, including its two largest funds, ...
Global Economic Indicators Paint a Mixed Picture(Continued from Prior Part)EuropeThe Eurozone manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index), which was released earlier today, painted a grim picture of the region’s economy. While Germany’s
The enthusiasm to join the EU in the early 2000s contrasts current sentiment in Europe, where the United Kingdom has been crafting its exit strategy. Its eventual withdrawal will reduce the EU to 27 states and shrink the aggregate economy. Benzinga does not provide investment advice.
United States has proposed import tariffs on a host of EU products in reaction to its subsidies to Airbus. The move can hurt these ETFs and stocks.
British Prime Minister Theresa May told members of her Conservative Party that she will step down ahead of a second phase of talks on how the country will exit the European Union — the troubled process known as Brexit. Conservative Party members of Parliament told Reuters and other media outlets that May said in a private meeting that if she can get an agreement to carry on with a plan for leaving the economic bloc approved she would then step down. “I know there is a desire for a new approach, and new leadership, in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, and I won’t stand in the way of that,” May told Conservative Party lawmakers, according to excerpts released by Downing Street and reported by the Washington Post.
MPs voted 329 to 302 to back an amendment put forward by Conservative MP Sir Oliver Letwin that will allow Parliament to vote on alternative Brexit plans, known as indicative votes. May finally brought her deal to Parliament for scrutiny in mid-January, amid accusations by opposition MPs that she was running down the clock to the Brexit date (this Friday, 29 March), in order to force MPs to back her deal.
European banks and financial sector-related ETFs have been underperforming as a slew of negative factors keeps pressure on the beleaguered market segment. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Europe Financials ...
British Prime Minister Theresa May looks to have conceded defeat on her Brexit deal, concluding today that there was not enough support for the deal to return for a third vote, leaving the way open for Parliament to take control of the Brexit process. Following discussions with the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the Government's position was rejected by both leaders. The Labour Party is supporting an amendment to the Government motion on its Withdrawal Bill that will see indicative votes on alternative ways forward.
Mario Draghi: Is another ‘Whatever It Takes’ Moment at Hand?Mario Draghi Today, we got another round of dismal data points from Europe (VGK)(EZU). According to a Markit survey, Germany’s (EWG) March PMI Composite Output Index fell to a