Below extract courtesy of a.m. edition of “Sight Beyond Sight”, the global macro trading commentary published by Stamford, CT-based macro strategy think tank Rareview Macro LLC.
“…For most of the second half of the year we have seen a surging dollar, and a falling euro. Nothing seems to be coming that will disrupt that.
Now a lot of US investors have asked why the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity ETF (symbol: HEDJ) performance has been sub-optimal. Specifically, why isn’t this “strong dollar/weak euro” play not playing out much like last year’s Japan trade (strong dollar/ weak yen) as we saw with WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity (DXJ)?
As a reminder, DXJ is a portfolio of Japanese stocks with a currency hedge overlay (i.e. 100% of assets is hedged). So HEDJ is the European version of DXJ. The underperformance therefore is simply stock-related.
For example, HEDJ is a basket of European stocks (i.e. 100% of assets is FX hedged). The underlying basket is a Wisdometree dividend weighted basket. It does not quite have the same weightings as the iShares MSCI EMU ETF (symbol: EZU) which is market cap weighted & large cap equivalent or the iShares Europe ETF (IEV) or any other standard index, but it does have a very high correlation.
If you compare HEDJ vs. EZU (i.e. use Bloomberg COMP function, HEDJ in line one and EZU in line 2 and then change the currency next to EZU to EUR instead of USD) you will see performance come back in line with HEDJ as it displays the effect of the FX hedge.
So HEDJ is working exactly the way it should given how it is constructed and using HEDJ to get long European stocks and a weaker EUR is correct instrument for that view.
So the question becomes, how do you gain using HEDJ? more