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 2018, consider watching ETF and ETF options activity to provide insight into market sentiment.

2018 geopolitical calendar

Date Country/Region Event Related iShares ETFs
First quarter
1/23 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
1/25 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
1/28 Finland Presidential Election (1st round) EFNL  
2/11 Finland Presidential Election (2nd round, if needed) EFNL  
March North America NAFTA Negotiation deadline EWW EWC
3/4 Italy General election (Congress, Prime Minister) EWI HEWI
3/8 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
3/11 Colombia Legislative Election ICOL  
3/18 Russia Presidential Election ERUS  
3/21 USA Federal Reserve Meeting* IVV  
Second quarter
4/8 Japan End of current term for Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda EWJ HEWJ
4/26 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
4/27 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
5/27 Colombia Presidential Election (1st round) ICOL  
6/13 USA Federal Reserve Meeting* IVV  
6/14 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
6/17 Colombia Presidential Election (2nd round, if needed) ICOL  
Third quarter
7/1 Mexico General election (President and Congress) EWW HEWW
7/26 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
7/31 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
9/13 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
9/26 USA Federal Reserve Meeting* IVV  
Fourth quarter
October U.K. EU deadline for UK-EU agreement on Brexit Deal EWU HEWU
10/7 Brazil General election (President and Congress, 1st round) EWZ EWZS
10/25 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
10/28 Brazil General election (President and Congress, 2nd round) EWZ EWZS
10/31 Japan Bank of Japan Meeting* EWJ HEWJ
11/6 USA Legislative elections (midterm) and state governorships IVV  
12/13 Japan General elections (House of Representatives, Prime Minister) EWJ HEWJ
12/13 Eurozone European Central Bank Meeting* EZU HEZU
12/19 USA Federal Reserve Meeting* IVV  

* 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 12/31/17.
Dates reflected are as of 1/5/18 and are subject to change.

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