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Global markets were reeling earlier this week, but the sell off has left many emerging markets and country-specific exchange traded funds with cheaper valuations. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index plunged 11% in local currency terms this month, pushing 12-month forward price-to-earnings ratio to 9.4, a little below its 5-year average of 10, reports Ansuya Harjani […]

Emerging market exchange traded fund investors should closely monitor their Colombia and Mexico exposure as the two economies join the infamous list of “fragile five” emerging countries. According to JPMorgan Asset management, Colombia and Mexico are now members of the so-called fragile five group of emerging markets, edging out Brazil and India, reports Steven Johnson […]

On the back of copper’s resurgence, the iShares MSCI Chile Capped ETF (NYSEArca: ECH), the lone ETF dedicated to tracking equities in the world’s largest copper-producing country, is the only of the major single-country ETFs tracking a Latin American economy that has traded higher this year. With a loss of 4%, the Global X FTSE […]

Corporations are taking a closer look at frontier markets for investment opportunities. Retail investors can also tap into the pre-emerging economies through frontier markets-related exchange traded funds. According to an A.T. Kearney survey of companies’ investment attitudes, a majority of firms are looking for new opportunities to expand in frontier markets, reports Dan Keeler for […]

Global X, the New York-based exchange traded funds issuer known for its unique lineup of income and international ETFs, has lowered the annual expense ratio on the Global X MSCI Colombia ETF (NYSEArca: GXG). The new fee on GXG is 0.61%, down 10% from the prior rate of 0.68%, according to a filing with the […]

Colombia country-specific exchange traded funds are outperforming the broader emerging markets as the economy expands at its fastest clip in over two years. Year-to-date, the Global X FTSE Colombia 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GXG) is up 12.1%, Market Vectors Colombia ETF (NYSEArca: COLX) rose 14.5% and and the iShares MSCI Colombia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: ICOL) increased […]

Tennessee, the Volunteer State,  is the top holder or second-largest investor in 12 emerging market exchange traded funds, highlighting the growing usage of ETFs as an investment tool to gain targeted exposure to market areas. The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System is now one of the biggest investors of country-specific emerging market ETFs, reports Margaret Newkirk […]

BlackRock’s (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the world’s largest ETF sponsor, and Cititrust Colombia introduced BTG Pactual as the market maker for iShares COLCAP, the first and largest local equity ETF available in Colombia to all investors. iShares COLCAP is now the first Colombia-listed with market maker, a move aimed at boosting liquidity. “BlackRock has deep […]

Equities and stock exchange traded funds started the year in back-and-forth action, struggling to break above recent highs. However, soft economic data, coupled with troubles in the emerging markets, triggered a global sell-off in the last week of the month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 3.9%% over January. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.8% […]

Fitch Ratings upgraded its long-term foreign issuer default rating on Colombia, South America’s second-largest economy, to BBB from BBB-. The ratings agency also made the same move on Colombia’s senior unsecured foreign bonds. Exchange traded funds tracking Colombia, which have been slumping this year, are not getting much of a lift on the news. The […]

There was a time when the Global X FTSE Colombia 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GXG) was the toast of the Latin America ETF clique. These are not those days. GXG, the oldest and largest of the three Colombia-specific ETFs, has fallen on hard times, though in a sign of just how badly single-country LatAm ETFs have […]

Although emerging markets ETFs have been struggling mightily for the past few months, some issuers still see opportunities for new offerings of developing world funds. The iShares MSCI Colombia Capped ETF (NYSEArca:ICOL), which debuts today, is a prime example. The iShares MSCI Colombia Capped ETF becomes the third Colombia-specific ETF to list on a U.S. […]

Concerned that free flowing liquidity from years of loose monetary policies will soon come to an end, investors are shifting away from emerging market assets and exchange traded funds. The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) lost 3% over the past month. The fund is down 5.1% year-to-date. However, previously hot single-country ETFs for […]

Most stock exchange traded funds have been a mess this month on slowdown fears, Greece and European debt. However, there are pockets of strength in some single-country ETFs. The emerging economies were among the first movers during therally, but the broader index of developing markets has tapered off as a risk-off sentiment grips equities. Still, […]

Emerging market exchange traded funds have been on a tear as investors return to riskier equities. While most investors may be focused on the obvious choices, like China, some Latin American emerging markets also provide great growth opportunities. The Inter-American Development Bank recently projected Latin American economies to expand 3.6% in 2012, reports Susan J. […]

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 […]

Invesco PowerShares launched a successful low-volatility exchange traded fund last year that focuses on U.S. stocks, and now the ETF provider is expanding the lineup with international offerings. On Friday, PowerShares launched two new low-volatility ETFs, the PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: EELV) and the PowerShares S&P International Developed Low Volatility Portfolio […]

We have seen a surge of trading volume in Global X FTSE Colombia 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GXG) in recent sessions, with a 1 million share plus trading day and another that just fell shy of the million share mark. Averaging only 225,346 shares per day, this volume has caught our attention and by monitoring the […]

An exchange traded fund tracking Colombia was among the hottest emerging markets ETFs coming into 2011, but the fund has stalled this year. Global X FTSE Colombia 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GXG) is flat year to date. The question is can the ETF rise above its late 2010 high, as trade talks with China are set […]

New issues of exchange traded funds (ETFs) did not slow down with the markets.  Van Eck and Global X launched new funds today covering Colombia, oil and gold miners. Market Vectors Colombia ETF (NYSEArca: COLX) is designed for investors wanting direct exposure to the equities market in this country. Financial services make up 33% of […]

If you want to make more bets on Asia, then Index IQ‘s filing for new exchange traded funds (ETFs) might grab your attention. The filings from Index IQ target small-cap, single-country funds tracking Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. Shannon Bond for The Financial Times reports that the strategy is to tap […]

Global X, now becoming well known for its lineup of first-mover exchange traded funds (ETFs), is first-to-market again with a fund aimed at the Andean region of Latin America. The Andean region, composed of the fast-growing economies of Peru, Colombia and Chile, boasts one of the best-performing stock markets in the world. You can now […]

This year, commodity-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) were the stars of the show. In fact, they were so strong that their performance helped lift economies dependent on them. But they weren’t the only asset classes that did well. The Top ETFs of 2010 1. iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), ETFS Physical Silver (NYSEArca: SIVR) and […]

Latin America is home to a number of hot economies, which is why Van Eck plans to bundle a few of them together in an Andean exchange traded fund (ETF). The Market Vectors Andean Equity ETF will be based on the Market Vectors Andean Index, a modified capitalization-weighted index that focuses on publicly traded companies […]

Every year, we take the crystal ball out of a dark closet and examine it for clues about what’s in store for the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry in the coming year. Last December, we made 10 predictions about the industry for 2010. Did the crystal ball steer us in the right direction? Let’s find […]

Latin America is dotted with some of the world’s fastest growing economies, though Colombia’s exchange traded fund (ETF) has stumbled. The country may have to develop technologically to remain competitive in today’s world. Colombia’s economy expanded on average 5.5% a year between 2002 and 2007, but  weaker export demand and the financial downturn diminished growth […]

With so many exchange traded funds (ETFs) now available, it is not surprising that some funds have flown under the radar of most investors, even as they’ve been growing into investment behemoths. Not every ETF idea that comes out of the well-established ETF industry names is widely accepted by the investment community, remarks Gary Gordon […]

As Colombia develops and matures into a thriving economy, foreign investors are beginning to eye the country as a prime investment destination. The economy, along with related exchange traded fund (ETF), has enjoyed a healthy expansion, but the pace may begin to slow. Chris Berry of House Mountain partners comments that Colombia is an emerging […]

While the broad stock market has been mostly locked in a sideways trading range for the last six months, there are several exchange traded funds (ETFs) that have bested the S&P 500’s 5.6% year-to-date return. Sugar. Potential weather damage to sugar crops in Brazil, the world’s largest producer, helped push sugar prices to their highest […]

After closing out a dismal August, the markets seem to have stabilized in September. Make no mistake: the economy is still working out its kinks, which means you need to stay on your guard and know which exchange traded funds (ETFs) are best when the going gets rough. Income. Not a lot will change in […]