DXGE to Provide Exposure to Largest Exporter Nation and Largest Economy in European Monetary Union
WisdomTree Expands Currency Hedged Equity Family of ETFs
NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WisdomTree (Nasdaq:WETF), an exchange-traded fund ("ETF") sponsor and asset manager, today announced the launch of the WisdomTree Germany Hedged Equity Fund (DXGE) on the NASDAQ Stock Market. DXGE is designed to provide exposure to German equity markets while hedging exposure to the euro and has an expense ratio of 0.48%.
German Economy Resilient – Exports Important
Germany is the largest economy within the European Monetary Union, comprising approximately 30%.1 Moreover, German exports constitute a large portion of Germany's economic growth profile, with over 50% of Germany's gross domestic production (GDP)2 driven by exports.3 Since the euro started declining in 2008, Germany's exports – as a percent of GDP – grew from 42% to 52%4, illustrating how a weaker euro can provide support to the German export machine.
"Germany is one of the engines of European growth and has proven its resilience amid the European crisis. With the Eurozone exiting recession5 in the second quarter of this year, and developed market growth charting an upward trajectory, we believe Germany's export-based economy is well positioned to benefit from a broader recovery," said Jeremy Schwartz, WisdomTree Director of Research.
Hedge Exposure to Euro – One Way to Lower Currency Risk
One way for U.S. investors to isolate the performance of German equities from the performance of the euro is to hedge the currency exposure, thus, mitigating one element of risk.
"We believe DXGE provides investors with a unique way to capitalize on the growth potential of German exporters while hedging exposure to an often volatile and unpredictable currency – the euro," Schwartz said. "Due to Germany's historical tendency to display negative correlations between its equities and the euro, and a recent decline in those correlations, DXGE offers investors a way to take preemptive action by isolating their German equity exposure," Schwartz added.
Expanding The WisdomTree Currency Hedged Equity Family
With the launch of DXGE, WisdomTree now offers five currency hedged equity strategies for the developed world.
|Ticker||Fund Name||Expense Ratio|
|DXJ||WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund||0.48%|
|DXJS||WisdomTree Japan Hedged SmallCap Equity Fund||0.58%|
|HEDJ||WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund||0.58%|
|DXPS||WisdomTree United Kingdom Hedged Equity Fund||0.48%|
|DXGE||WisdomTree Germany Hedged Equity Fund||0.48%|
1 Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, October 2013.
2 Gross Domestic Production (GDP): The sum total of all goods and services produced across an economy.
3 German Federal Statistical Office, July 2013.
4 Source: WisdomTree, Eurostat, as of 12/31/2012.
5 Recession: A period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters.
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