Why the IMF Is Bullish on India’s ETFs

January 29th at 11:00am by Tom Lydon

ETF IndiaIndia has all eyes in its burgeoning economy, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is no exception. The fund is feeling bullish on this emerging market’s prospects and its exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Economic Times reports that the IMF has forecast 7.8% growth for India’s economy in 2011, upping its outlook by 0.5%.  What led to the more optimistic view?

With all that growth comes more ETF opportunities. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently received applications from Emerging Global Shares and Goldman Sachs for registering ETFs focused on India. In addition to diversified emerging markets funds and BRIC ETFs, which generally make a significant allocation to Indian equities, the number of ETFs that invest exclusively in India’s stock market is on the rise, says Deeptha Rajkumar for Economic Times. [India also helps spur gains in the auto and commodity industries.]

According to conservative estimates, around 25-30% , or $5-6 billion, of the net secondary market flows into Indian shares in 2009 was via the ETF route. [Why should investors watch India's ETFs?]

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