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As the emerging market grows, a rising middle class and increased spending power could bolster the consumer market. Investors can tap into this expanding area through a targeted emerging market sector-related exchange traded fund. On the upcoming webcast, The Emerging Markets Consumer is Online, Kevin Carter, Founder of EMQQ Index, and Richard Kang, Advisor for […]

With recent talks of a Federal Reserve rate hike and bond yields ticking higher, some are concerned of another taper-tantrum event that could pressure developing market debt. Nevertheless, emerging market bond exchange traded funds may still find support as one of the few areas that investors can generate decent yields. “The search for yield is […]

Seasoned investors know that political volatility is always a consideration when investing in emerging markets and that consideration becomes all the more important when evaluating single-country exchange traded funds. Although the Philippines usually is not the first developing economy to mind when thinking of political volatility, that could be changing as global investors grow increasingly […]

Developed markets have made a rapid recovery in the years following the financial crisis and outperformed developing economies. After being left behind, emerging market exchange traded funds may now offer better opportunities for investors as developed markets begin to taper off. “EM equities still enjoy the benefit of low growth expectations and relatively attractive valuations,” […]

In a year of strength for emerging markets equities and exchange traded funds, Latin America is driving that resurgence. Rebounding commodities prices and the weaker dollar are key reasons why Latin America ETFs are rebounding. Several single-country ETFs tracking Latin American economies are among this year’s standout performers. That group includes the Global X MSCI […]

In a year when emerging markets exchange traded funds are roaring back, some are going overlooked, including the Global X FTSE ASEAN 40 ETF (NYSEArca: ASEA). ASEA focuses on southeast Asian economies, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines. ASEA’s tilt toward Southeast Asian economies makes the ETF worth a look because some of those […]

As a relatively new approach to accessing the markets, multi-factor smart beta exchange traded funds should be fully understood before investors begin shifting core positions from traditional market cap-weighted beta-index funds. On the recent webcast, Key Questions for Factor Investors, Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset Management, argued that investors should consider smart beta […]

The new breed of smart-beta exchange traded funds are still passive in nature, like their traditional beta-indexed counterparts, but they are also based on a strict set of rules or factors that help differentiate them from the rest. On the upcoming webcast this Thursday, Key Questions for Factor Investors, Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche […]

Investors who want to bolster their income portfolios and generate a little extra yield should consider emerging market bond exchange traded funds. Some, though, may be loath to diversify into emerging market debt, associating the developing economies with higher risks. However, these markets also offer bonds with relatively low credit risks. “While some investors view […]

In a month marked by flat U.S. markets, with thin and narrow trading, exchange traded fund investors sought out areas of higher return, targeting emerging market assets over August. Among the most popular ETF trades,  the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) and Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO), the two largest emerging […]

Greece’s largest banks surged Wednesday on a profitable earnings season, bolstering the Greek country-specific exchange traded fund. The Global X MSCI Greece ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) jumped 3.1% Wednesday and was trading back above its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. Supporting the Greek markets, some of the country’s largest banks revealed profits in the second quarter. […]

Smart beta exchange traded funds have gained a lot traction in the investment community. The alternative index-based strategies were initially based on a single theme or factor, but now, investors can track multiple-factor investments in a single ETF to gain greater diversification benefits and smooth out their ride. In the beginning, smart beta ETFs that […]

Brazil country-specific exchange traded funds are bouncing on optimism that President Dilma Rousseff will finally be removed from office and that a new administration may steer the economy toward growth. On Monday, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) increased 2.9%, VanEck Vectors Brazil Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: BRF) rose 2.9% and iShares MSCI Brazil […]

The Global X MSCI ETF (NYSEArca: GXG), the largest exchange traded fund tracking South America’s second-largest economy and one of this year’s best-performing single-country ETFs, is getting a new index. At the close of trading on Aug. 31, GXG will transition to the MSCI All Colombia Select 25/50 Index from the MSCI Colombia Capped Index, […]

In a year when many emerging equity markets are soaring, Latin America is a standout at the regional level and a big reason why is rebounding commodities prices. Latin America’s central bank policies are notable, at least among the region’s two largest economies, Brazil and Mexico. Although Brazil’s central bank has not hiked interest rates […]

Developing countries and emerging market exchange traded funds have experienced high inflows and delivered a strong performance in recent weeks, but investors should still pick their spots as the various economies can exhibit uneven growth. A number of factors helped support the emerging market play, including signs of stabilization in China, leveling of commodity prices […]

The iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE) is higher by nearly 19% year-to-date, giving it a decent advantage over the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, but EPHE has been somewhat overlooked this year compared to other high-flying emerging markets single-country exchange traded funds. Earlier this year, Philippine presidential race weighed on investor sentiment as Rodrigo Duterte […]

South African police reportedly ordered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to its offices, fueling speculation that the Treasury chief may be replaced and upending the South African rand currency and country-specific exchange traded fund. The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) plunged 2.9% Tuesday. South Africa has been one of the better performing emerging markets of […]

Emerging markets and related exchange traded funds faltered on increased speculation that the Federal Reserve may still hike interest rates later this year. Developing market stocks have been this year’s comeback kid, with the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging market […]

Investors are throwing money into developing country equity funds at their quickest pace in 58 weeks, with popular emerging market exchange traded funds among the most popular picks over the past week, as depressed rates around the world push people to riskier and higher yielding assets. Emerging market equity funds attracted $5.1 billion in inflows […]

The dividend growth style has been a popular investment theme this year as volatility gripped U.S. Exchange traded fund investors, though, need not limit themselves to domestic markets as there are international dividend growth strategies as well. For example, the relatively new ProShares MSCI Emerging Markets Dividend Growers ETF (BATS: EMDV) is the sixth ETF […]

Mainland Chinese markets and related China A-shares exchange traded funds rallied Monday on hopes of a formal announcement to a Shenzhen-Hong Kong trading link. Leading the market surge on Monday, the VanEck Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (NYSEArca: PEK) rose 4.2%, VanEck Vectors ChinaAMC CSI 300 ETF (NYSEArca: CNXT) gained 3.8% and db X-trackers Harvest CSI […]

Emerging markets debt and equities are among this year’s best-performing asset classes, themes that are lifting the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets exchange traded funds by assets, in the process. However, data suggest investors that are considering developing economies […]

After Moody’s Investors Service’s decided to delay its decision on Turkey’s credit rating, investors jumped back into the emerging market in search of higher yields, pushing the country-specific exchange traded fund above its long-term trend line. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) rose 3.0% Monday, testing its resistance at the 50- and 200-day simple […]

As global central banks enact ever-looser monetary policies, yield-starved investors around the world are now turning to the attractive payouts from the developing markets. U.S. investors can also gain exposure to emerging market dividend stocks through exchange traded funds. “Investors are switching into EM stocks for yield ‘income’ given a lack of bond income in […]

Globetrotters are already converging on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but investors shouldn’t get their hopes up for an economic boost to Brazilian stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds. Even if Brazil were not plagued by the myriad of things going wrong for the Olympic Host, such as contaminated water at […]

Bucking the broad market sell-off on Tuesday, Polish stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds rallied on a government plan to help home owners struggling to finance Swiss franc-denominated mortgages. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Poland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPOL) gained 3.8% and Market Vectors Poland ETF (NYSEArca: PLND) rose 3.2%, and both funds broke above […]

Many expected a post-Brexit environment would weigh on sentiment and push investors toward safer assets. However, exchange traded funds that track stocks and riskier assets continued to draw investors over July, with the S&P 500 and emerging market exposure among the standouts. The benchmark S&P 500 index reached a new all-time intraday high of 2,177.13 […]

After the United Kingdom referendum vote, market observers are eyeing China as the next potential trouble spot. Emerging market investors who are wary of further weakness in China can look to a broad exchange traded fund that specifically excludes Chinese market exposure. Albert Edwards of the Societe Generale Group argued that the stealth renminbi (RMB) […]