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Geopolitical calendar

Last year was a reminder of the interconnection between politics and markets. Many investors use ETFs for an efficient, flexible way to express a market view on a political event. Increasingly, investors are also using ETF options - both to express views and gauge market sentiment ahead of and during political events. With a full political calendar planned in 2019, consider watching ETF and ETF options activity to provide insight into market sentiment.

2019 geopolitical calendar

Date Country/Region Event Related iShares ETFs
First quarter
January U.K. Parliment vote on Brexit EWU HEWU
1/23 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
1/24 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
1/30 USA Federal Reserve Meeting IVV  
3/1 USA/China Potential end of 90-day trade war truce between US and China MCHI CNYA
3/7 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
3/20 USA Federal Reserve Meeting IVV  
3/24 Thailand General Election THD
3/29 U.K. Scheduled date for U.K. departure from the EU EWU HEWU
Second quarter
4/10 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
4/17 Indonesia General Election EIDO
4/25 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
5/1 USA Federal Reserve Meeting IVV  
April-May India General Election INDA SMIN
May South Africa General Election EZA
5/13 Philippines General Election EPHE
5/14 Emerging Markets Announcement date: MSCI semi-annual index review (countries in focus: Saudi Arabia, Argentina, China) KSA CNYA
By 5/18 Australia Federal Election EWA
5/23 Eurozone European Parliament Election EZU HEZU
5/26 Belgium Parliamentary and Regional Election EWK
6/3 Emerging Markets Effective date: MSCI semi-annual index review (countries in focus: Saudi Arabia, Argentina, China) KSA CNYA
6/6 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
6/17 Denmark Parliamentary elections EDEN  
6/19 USA Federal Reserve Meeting IVV  
6/28 G20 G20 Summit in Osaka EWJ MCHI
Third quarter
7/25 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
7/30 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
7/31 USA Federal Reserve Meeting* IVV  
8/12 Emerging Markets Announcement date: MSCI quarterly index review (country in focus: Saudi Arabia, China) KSA CNYA
8/25 G7 G7 summit in France EWJ EWG
9/2 Emerging Markets Announcement date: MSCI semi-annual index review (countries in focus: Saudi Arabia, Argentina, China) KSA CNYA
9/12 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
9/18 USA Federal Reserve Meeting IVV  
Fourth quarter
October Japan Consumption Tax Hike to 10% EWJ HEWJ
10/21 Canada Federal Election (deadline) EWC HEWC
10/24 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
10/27 Argentina General election AGT
10/30 USA Federal Reserve Meeting IVV  
10/31 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
10/31 Eurozone End of Term for Key European Union Leaders: Draghi, Junker, Tusk EZU HEZU
November Poland Parliamentary elections EPOL
11/5 Israel Parliamentary elections EIS  
12/11 USA Federal Reserve Meeting IVV  
12/12 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
12/20 Switzerland Parliamentary elections EWL HEWL

* ECB meetings shown are those accompanied by press conferences. The BoJ events shown are followed by the publication of the central bank’s outlook report.
Funds with listed options available as of 12/31/18.
Dates reflected are as of 12/31/18 and are subject to change.

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