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After a dismal year, two members of the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and China – may not be up to normal standards that the markets have come to expect. Instead of taking on broad exposure, investors can pick and choose country weights with exchange traded funds. Over the past year, the iShares MSCI BRIC […]

Emerging market exchange traded funds provide investors with access to the up-and-coming economies of the world, but most ETFs have a hefty weight to BRIC – Brazil, Russia, India, China – economies. Instead, investors can take a look at so-called beyond BRIC offerings that offer a more focused exposure to developing countries. For instance, the […]

Once cast aside as if they were two-week old newspapers, exchange traded funds devoted exclusively to the four BRIC nations – Brazil, Russia, India and China – are bouncing back. All three dedicated BRIC ETFs have posted solid gains in the month of March. That is no small feat considering the spate of concerning economic […]

The BRIC – Brazil, Russia, India and China – economies are established players in the emerging markets, but investors who want exposure to other potential rising stars in the space can consider exchange traded funds that specifically target beyond the BRICs. While the BRIC nations maintain dominant positions in a many emerging markets ETFs, the […]

There are three ETFs designed to be BRIC funds, none of which looked particularly enticing earlier this year. Not on reports of slowing Chinese growth or Brazil’s soaring inflation and scorched earth interest rate hiking campaign. India’s plunging rupee and widening current account deficit did not make ETFs linked to Asia’s third-largest economy an attractive […]

If one focused his/her attention solely on year-to-date performance, he/she might eschew foreign stock ETFs altogether. With the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) and the iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 (IJH) garnering 18% and 22% respectively, who needs to dabble in emerging markets? After all, Vanguard Emerging Markets (VWO) registered a dismal 9-month showing of -8%. […]

Languishing for most of the year, emerging market exchange traded funds are finally outperforming U.S. and developed market equities, particularly has political tensions escalate on Capitol Hill. “Whatever weakens the U.S. economy would be EM-positive as it would tie Fed’s hands,” Inanc Sozer, economic research manager at Odea Bank AS in Istanbul, said in a […]

After a rough year, exchange traded funds that track BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – are steadily improving and were bolstered following the Fed’s intention to keep its ultra-loose monetary policy. Over the past month, the Guggenheim BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: EEB) gained 11.6%, iShares MSCI BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: BKF) was 11.8% higher […]

Well-known is the fact that 2013 has been a dismal year for emerging markets ETFs and the largest countries, namely the BRIC quartet, have been among the worst offenders in the loss column. There have been some signs that BRIC is starting to turn. China is decidedly leading the way, which in turn, benefits Brazil […]

MSCI (NYSE: MSCI), provider of indices for some of the largest developed and emerging markets ETFs, introduced its entry to the growing “Beyond BRICs” theme with the MSCI Beyond BRIC Index. The MSCI Beyond BRIC Index “is designed to provide a broad measure of the performance of emerging market equities outside of the BRIC markets […]

In the emerging markets space, BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and China – exchange traded funds are roaring back after fear over Fed tapering fueled a sell-off in risky assets. Over the past week, the Guggenheim BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: EEB) gained 6.5%, iShares MSCI BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: BKF) was 6.2% higher and the SPDR S&P […]

The Guggenheim BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: EEB) is set to get more of a BRIC feel when issuer Guggenheim changes EEB’s index in October. EEB, which is nearly seven years old and home to $214.7 million in assets under management, will drop the BNY Mellon BRIC Select ADR Index in favor of the BNY Mellon BRIC […]

The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) are not just the two largest emerging markets ETFs, they are two of the seven largest U.S.-listed ETFs of any kind. Despite the recent declines experienced by emerging markets equities, VWO and EEM still have over $83.8 billion […]

Gutsy contrarian investors seeking bargains may want to consider stepping up to buy unloved ETFs tracking emerging markets. ETFs following developing markets and the so-called BRIC nations are lagging the S&P 500 by a wide margin this year. Also, investors have poured nearly $95 billion into U.S. stock ETFs in 2013, while pulling more than […]

The BRICs — Brazil, Russia, India and China — are slowing down, and the weaker growth in the emerging markets could exacerbate social tensions and civil unrest. Yet the BRIC ETFs have rallied the past month to outperform broader emerging market funds. The Guggenheim BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: EEB) fell 10.7% year-to-date, iShares MSCI BRIC ETF […]

After the Fed eased “tapering” fears, emerging market equity exchange traded funds saw renewed risk-on trades. However, investors shouldn’t rush into the developing economies too fast. Once a hot investment theme, BRIC – Brazil, Russia, India and China – ETFs are losing their appeal as investors’ love affair with the developing markets runs cold. “Every […]

Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Jim O’Neill, and founder of the acronym BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China), will be retiring. The BRIC acronym became commonplace and was the influence of a few targeted benchmarks and exchange traded funds. However, the underperformance of emerging markets in 2013 has weighed on BRIC ETFs. [BRICs vs. Emerging […]

Local investors have been heading for the exits in BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) economies. Outflows in such exchange traded funds and equity markets are touching upon highs not seen since 1996. “People domestically can see that the fundamentals of a large part of their investable universe is not very good,” John-Paul Smith, Deutsche Bank […]

When looking at the emerging markets, it is hard to ignore the so-called BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and China. While these countries have enjoyed robust growth rates in the past, the BRIC country exchange traded funds currently show disparate performances. For instance, India is leading the pack for the past year, with the WisdomTree […]

Some prominent Wall Street analysts are calling for so-called BRIC nations to outperform the U.S. in 2013 to reverse this year’s trend with the S&P 500 doubling the performance of the emerging market ETFs. The iShares MSCI BRIC Index Fund (NYSEArca: BKF) is up 7.5% this year while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) […]

In options trading, iShares MSCI Brazil (NYSEArca: EWZ) flows continue to look optimistic, as calls were largely purchased again yesterday for the second straight session. We have pointed to bullish looking flows in Brazil focused EWZ  via call option buying, and it is worth noting that Brazil as a country makes up 10.77% (the 3rd […]

Investors have been piling into ETFs indexed to China and Brazil hoping to profit from the developing countries’ higher economic growth rates and lower debt levels. For example, iShares FTSE China 25 (NYSEArca: FXI) and iShares MSCI Brazil (NYSEArca: EWZ) are both among the top 10 best-selling ETFs since the end of September. FXI has […]

Emerging market volatility has swayed investors to look elsewhere for returns, however, valuations are looking cheap for focused exchange traded funds. Investment in the iShares FTSE China 25 Index (NYSEArca: FXI) is a low-cost, effective way to gain exposure to the second largest economy in the world. Over the past three years, GDP growth in […]

ETFs that invest in India fell sharply in early U.S. trading Monday after Standard & Poor’s warned that India may be the first of the so-called BRIC countries to lose its investment-grade status. Exchange traded products that track India include WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (NYSEArca: EPI), iPath MSCI India ETN (NYSEArca: INP), Powershares India Portfolio […]

While the U.S. and Eurozone economies are markedly better situated than they were last year, growth in the developed economies will still move at their sluggish speeds. On the other hand, developing economies continue to expand at a rapid pace, and emerging market exchange traded funds may allow investors to capture the next growth story. […]

We have spent some time in the past several weeks speaking about persistent inflows in emerging markets ETFs in the early part of 2012. Since major contributors to the emerging markets segment are both India and China (the “I” and the “C” in the BRIC acronym), today we focus on a specialized ETF that likely […]

With global growth, copious liquidity and low interest rates spurring riskier investment strategies, emerging market equities and exchange traded funds have been among the most attractive assets this year. “The main argument for investing in international equities is for diversification through exposure to different countries and economies, slightly different sector weightings, and foreign currencies,” according […]

A small-cap exchange traded fund for Brazil is the top percentage gainer in 2012 with a 55% rally to lead all unleveraged ETFs as investors pour money into emerging markets. Indian stocks were higher Friday to book their seventh consecutive weekly rise and their best streak in almost two years “bolstered by strong foreign fund […]

Emerging markets have continued to grow over the economic slowdown in comparison to developed markets. BRIC exchange traded funds offer investors another option for those seeking overseas exposure. “Emerging markets” is the term given to developing nations that can see periods of fast economic growth. They are also known for their volatility relative to developed […]

So-called BRIC exchange traded funds that invest in Brazil, Russia, India and China are among the top performers among ETFs that track emerging market stocks. The iShares MSCI BRIC Index Fund ETF (NYSEArca: BKF), Guggenheim BRIC ETF (NYSEArca: EEB) and SPDR S&P BRIC 40 ETF (NYSEArca: BIK) are up nearly 20% so far this year. […]