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Institutional investors are throwing money back into emerging Asia. The average retail investor can also pick and choose their Asia market exposure through country-specific exchange traded funds. After a two month sell-off, foreign institutional investors funneled $5.3 billion back into emerging Asia equities, reports Shuli Ren for Barron’s. According to HSBC, Chinese equities attracted the […]

The weakness in the commodities market could help alleviate inflationary pressure in developing economies and bolster some emerging market stocks and exchange traded funds. According to Credit Suisse, cheaper commodities prices could diminish aggregate emerging market inflation, excluding China and India, by one to 6.6 percentage points by the end of 2015, reports Simon Kennedy […]

When it comes to emerging market exchange traded funds, investors were better off being picky, instead of taking on broad exposure to the developing economies. Investors are picking and choosing their country exposure one at a time, with South-East Asian countries outperforming the broader emerging markets, especially Thailand and the Philippines, writes Alen Mattich for […]

The Philippines exchange traded fund is one of the best performing emerging Asia market this year as the local economy flourishes and export activity picks up. The iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE) has gained 24.6% year-to-date, while the broader iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) is up 9.9% so far this year. [Time […]

The Philippines country-specific exchange traded has been among the best performing emerging markets this year. After the recent rally, the country’s largest money manager is beginning to cut back on equity positions as valuations are now among the most expensive in Asia. The iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE) has increased 18.6% year-to-date. Fitzgerald Aclan, […]

These may not be its halcyon days of 2012, but after some tapering-induced troubles last year, the iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE) is back in business. Boosted by increased government spending as a means of luring additional foreign investment and a sound debt profile, EPHE was up 17.3% over the 90 days leading up […]

The Philippines ETF does not have the same problems that other emerging countries are grappling with. On Thursday, the country-specific exchange traded fund roared back after reports of robust economic data for the second quarter. The iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE) rose 4.6% Thursday. EPHE is still down 14.2% year-to-date. Unlike its neighboring countries, […]

The iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE) continued to trade in the U.S. on Tuesday even though the fund’s underlying stock market was closed for the second straight day as heavy rains intensified flooding in the Philippines. EPHE was down 1.5% on Tuesday morning. Also, the Philippines ETF was trading at a discount of more […]

Southeast Asia country-specific exchange traded funds are taking a beating, with a tropical storm putting a halting governmental and financial systems in the Philippines and a deepening current-account deficit in Indonesia. The iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE) declined 2.0% Monday. EPHE is down 17.9% over the past three months, but the fund is still […]

The iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE), previously a shining star among emerging markets ETFs this year, has been stung by some of the same factors that have plagued other funds tracking developing world economies. Namely, a plummeting currency and fears regarding the Federal Reserve tapering its quantitative easing program. In fairness to EPHE, the […]

Some U.S. investors have already become acquainted with the Philippine investment thesis thanks to the previously high-flying iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE). EPHE, the lone ETF to focus solely on the rapidly growing Southeast Asian economy, enjoyed an impressive start to 2013 before tumbling due to a falling peso and fears about the end […]

Earlier this year, when the largest emerging markets, such as the BRIC nations, were swooning, select Southeast Asian markets were soaring. The Philippines was one of those leaders. That made the iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (NYSEArca: EPHE) one of the few shining stars among single-country emerging markets ETFs in the first few months of 2013. […]

U.S. equities experienced a slight pullback on concerns that the Fed will cut back quantitative easing, but overseas markets, particularly emerging market exchange traded funds, witnessed heavy selling pressure as investors fled risky assets. The iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund (NYSEArca: TUR) was the worst performing emerging market single country ETF over the […]

Nothing seems to be going right for marquee emerging markets ETFs this year. Whether its diversified funds, country-specific ETFs or bond funds, it is hard to find an ETF with the emerging markets label that has recently shown positive signs. Add emerging markets currency ETFs to that list. “Emerging Market currencies benefit from a wealth […]

Weakness in broad based Emerging Markets equities and related ETFs has spilled over to what has been a strong out-performer on a relative strength basis, EPHE (iShares MSCI Philippines, Expense Ratio 0.59%). The fund, which debuted in September of 2010, has grown to well over $400 million in assets under management, but has seen about […]

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 […]

The Philippine focused exchange traded fund iShares MSCI Philippines Investable Market Index (NYSEArca: EPHE) has gained another 2.5% on a Fitch ratings upgrade. This uptick added to gains already made in 2013. “More companies in the real economy can now consider us an investment destination President Aquino said, adding that an investment grade for sovereign […]

A specialized ETF that has made a name for itself in terms of impressive outperformance compared to broad Emerging Markets benchmarks such as the MSCI EM Index is EPHE (iShares MSCI Philippines Investable Market Index, Expense Ratio 0.59%). The fund debuted in September of 2010 and has raised more than $300 million in assets under […]

Investors who look overseas for growth investments might want to take a look at Malaysia, Phillipines and Thailand exchange traded funds that have posted positive returns over the past consecutive 10 years. “It should be noted that in Southeast Asia, economic activity is somewhat concentrated in four countries namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. It […]

Investors seeking to capitalize on a single country’s growth should consider that an expanding, robust economy needs active participants to fully maximize a country’s potential. With developed economies suffering from an aging population, there might be better opportunities in emerging market economies and exchange traded funds. “The graying of the developed world is hitting an […]

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, […]

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 […]

Many exchange traded funds that track individual countries have been beaten to a pulp in 2011. Some bargain hunters see cheap valuations in these hard-hit ETFs despite global debt and economic tensions. Last week, we took a look at some of the most oversold ETFs measured by distance from the 50-day moving averages. [The Contrarian: […]

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 […]

Were you impressed by your emerging market allocations last year? Well, frontier market exchange traded funds (ETFs) eclipsed those markets and could continue to do so as businesses globalize and commodities get pricier. Frontier markets are doing better than the emerging markets, reports Mike Hogan for Barron’s. Need proof? MSCI Barra’s MSCI Frontier Market Index […]

Those old Europe worries just won’t go away, and today, they’re taking down global exchange traded funds (ETFs) with them. The European Central Bank has stepped forward to aggressively purchase bonds from the most troubled governments in an attempt to stem a contagion effect, says The Wall Street Journal. The renewed concerns aren’t doing international […]

According to the the International Monetary Fund (IMF),  the Philippines has so far outperformed expectations, thanks in part to improved global economic conditions and to stimulus policies of the government. You can now play this growing economy with an exchange traded fund (ETF) from iShares. The IMF now expects the Philippine economy to grow 7% […]

While developed economies are just barely eking out growth, emerging market exchange traded funds (ETFs) have produced some phenomenal growth. Is this “the new normal”? International-stock funds increased by 16% on average in the third quarter, with emerging markets experiencing returns of 19%, compared to the 12% in returns for U.S. funds, reports Sam Mamudi […]

The launch of the iShares MSCI Philippines (NYSEArca: EPHE) exchange traded fund (ETF) has put the Southeast Asian country in investors’ sights. Before you invest, here are some things you should know. Growth Prospects. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) expects the Philippines to grow by 6.2% this year, up from its previous 5% projection in […]

BlackRock announced that the iShares exchange traded funds (ETF) business, the world’s largest provider of ETFs, launched three new emerging markets funds on the NYSE Arca. The new emerging market ETFs are: iShares MSCI Brazil Small Cap Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZS) iShares MSCI China Small Cap Index Fund (NYSEArca: ECNS) iShares MSCI Philippines Investable Market […]