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 2017, consider watching ETF and ETF options activity to provide insight into market sentiment.

2017 at a glance

iShares 2017 geopolitical calendar

2017 geopolitical calendar

Date Country/Region Event Related iShares ETFs
Second quarter
4/1 Turkey Constitutional Referendum TUR
4/23 France French Presidential election, 1st round EWQ
4/27 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
4/27 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
5/7 France French Presidential election, run-off EWQ
5/9 South Korea South Korean Presidential Election EWY HEWY
6/8 U.K. General Elections EWU HEWU
6/8 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
6/11 France National Assembly Elections, 1st round EWQ
6/14 USA Federal Reserve Meeting* IVV
6/18 France National Assembly Elections, 2nd round EWQ
Third quarter
7/20 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
7/20 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
9/7 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
9/20 USA Federal Reserve Meeting* IVV
9/24 Germany German Federal Election EWG HEWG
Fourth quarter
10/1 Spain Catalan Independence Referendum EWP HEWP
10/18 China 19th Party Congress MCHI FXI
10/22 Japan Japanese General Election EWJ HEWJ
10/22 Argentina Parliamentary elections AGT
10/26 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
10/31 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
11/19 Chile Chilean Presidential Elections ECH
12/13 USA Federal Reserve Meeting* IVV
12/14 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
12/16 - 12/20 South Africa ANC Conference & Elections EZA

* The Fed and 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 6/30/17.
Dates reflected are as of 10/2/17 and are subject to change.


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