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In what has been a mostly solid year for emerging markets equities, the VanEck Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) is a laggard with a year-to-date loss of 2.5%. As is often the case with the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Vietnamese equities, market observers see both potential and reasons for concern with VNM. While […]

Vietnam’s internal party election is underway with plans to promote economic growth, bolstering the country-specific exchange traded fund and lifting the emerging market benchmark to its largest single-day surge in almost four years. While the broader emerging markets were lower along with global markets on increased economic uncertainty and the slide in oil prices, the […]

Southeast Asian markets and country-specific exchange traded funds are making a swift rebound off the recent selling as investors flock back into the markets on speculation that the Federal Reserve’s near-zero interest rate environment could last and a new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal bolsters the region’s outlook. For instance, over the past week, the Market […]

Foreign investors have been piling into the quickly growing Vietnamese economy. Retail investors can also track the southeast Asian market through an exchange traded fund. The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) has increased 10.0% over the past three months. The ETF tracks a large group of locally listed Vietnamese companies, with a heavy emphasis […]

Greece, Puerto Rico and mainland Chinese stocks entering bear market were among the catalyst plaguing U.S. and international stocks. The S&P 500 lost more than 2% as did some major developed and emerging markets benchmarks, through it all, a surprising ETF stood firm. The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) was able to muster a […]

The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) is down 7.7% this year, a decline that is more than 500 basis points worse than the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF (NYSEArca: FM), a fund in which Vietnam is the ninth-largest country weight. To its credit, VNM has recently perked up. Even with Tuesday’s small loss, the […]

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 […]

On a year-to-date basis, the Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) has done little to deserve investors’ confidence. The lone exchange traded fund tracking the fast-growing Southeast Asian nation is down more than 4%. VNM’s performance through the latter half of the first quarter was far worse. From Feb. 23 through March 31, the ETF […]

The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) is up 4.3% this year and the lone Vietnam ETF is easily outpacing the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF (NYSEArca: FM), a fund in which Vietnamese stocks account for 3.6%. However, VNM has plunged almost 21% since its September, confirmation the ETF is in a bear market. The […]

Vietnam is looking to follow in the footsteps of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates as the Southeast Asian nation pushes index provider MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) for a rare frontier-to-emerging reclassification. Vietnam’s “State Securities Commission has formed a team to study what’s required for an upgrade of the nation’s frontier-market classification,” reports Nguyen Kieu Giang […]

Going almost unnoticed amid the rally for exchange traded funds tracking China and other emerging Asian economies has been a sharp surge in Vietnamese stocks and the Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM). Stocks in Vietnam, which is classified as a frontier market, currently reside at their highest levels since 2008, prompting analysts to raise […]

Given the selling pressure over the past five days, of the 55 countries that we follow, only Vietnam, Egypt, and the Philippines have been able to remain positive over that time period. So, what do these three countries have in common? Well, to start with, they are all emerging markets, and in the case of […]

Asia’s goliath economies, think China, Japan and South Korea, have recently been the apples of investors eyes, particularly when it comes to exchange traded funds. Of the top-15 non-leveraged ETFs over the past month, seven are China funds. South Korea funds have been steady, buoyed by speculation of increased dividends while the WisdomTree Japan Hedged […]

The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) is off 3.6% this quarter, obeying its tendency to tumble during the second quarter. In this its fifth second quarter of existence, VNM has never posted a gain during the April through June time frame. There are usually valid reasons to explain VNM’s second-quarter woes and 2014 is […]

The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) gained 2.5% on above average volume last Friday, but investors might do well to not be seduced by that one-day mirage from the downtrodden VNM. During Asian trading Monday, Vietnamese stocks sank amid on an ongoing territorial dispute with China. Vietnam’s benchmark VN Index (VNINDEX) sank 4.6% at […]

Whether it is prosaic wisdom such as “sell in May and go away” or more tactical advice such as buying consumer discretionary stocks early in the first quarter or energy names in February, there are a plenty of seasonal trends investors can study. One that does not get much attention is the tendency of the […]

The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) is not moving much Wednesday, but the lone Vietnam ETF resides just 4.7% below its 52-week high. A return to that high and additional gains are not out of the question for the $541.9 million VNM. More than 10% of VNM’s current assets under management tally has come […]

Emerging and developed markets started 2014 in downbeat fashion, frontier countries and the related exchange traded funds, have come out relatively unscathed, attracting investors with their fixed currency policies. Funds exposed to less-developed countries experienced inflows of $407 million over the first six weeks of the year, compared to the $21 billion in outflows from […]

The economic and political problems in developing economies sent waves through the global markets. Nevertheless, the emerging markets should still be a part of a diversified global portfolio, and investors can utilize exchange traded funds to navigate the world. For starters, investors can avoid troubled countries, like Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa, and […]

Another day, another surge for the Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM). After the benchmark VN Index touched a three-and-half year high Thursday, VNM climbed 4.7% on strong volume. The lone Vietnam ETF is higher by 5% Friday on volume that is already more than five times the daily average. Speaking of volume, traders have […]

The Vietnam exchange traded fund surged Thursday as the benchmark Vietnamese bourse touched a three-and-half year high. The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) rose 4.7% Thursday. VNM is up 5.4% so far this year and gained 9.1% over the past three months. [Vietnam ETF Could Shine in 2014] Vietnam’s benchmark VN Index gained 1.3%, […]

The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) could trade higher Tuesday on news that the Southeast Asian nation has increased the foreign ownership limit in its banks. “The limit for foreign so-called strategic investors will be increased to 20 percent from 15 percent, while the cap for total foreign holdings at any local bank remains […]

If the focus is on markets such as Indonesia and Thailand, it is accurate to say Southeast Asian equities disappointed last year. Vietnamese shares were not part of that disappointment. The benchmark VN Index posted a second straight annual gain, rising almost 22%. The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) finished 2013 slightly lower, but […]

The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) is trading near its highest levels since June and although the fund is up just 3% year-to-date, that is still pretty good compared to the steep losses incurred by ETFs tracking other Southeast Asian markets. If not for restrictive, government-imposed limits on foreign ownership of Vietnamese stocks, there […]

For most of the world’s major equity bourses, 2013 has been a good year. However, few markets can hold a candle to Venezuela. As of Tuesday, Venezuelan stocks were up an astounding 466% in local currency (bolivar) terms. Even when adjusting that number into dollar terms, it was still 287%. Alas, there is no Venezuela […]

As is par for the course, it has been another wild year for the Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM). Year-to-date, the lone Vietnam ETF is up 6.1% and while that may sound good compared to the performances of other Southeast Asia single-country ETFs (it is), VNM is disappointing considering it was up 31% year-to-date […]

The focused exchange traded fund Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) has made gains after a financial sector make-over and growing investor confidence in the country. Foreign investment in VNM is higher than ever, and the 7.8% year-t0-date performance is proof. High inflation, slow growth and a banking scandal had kept the Vietnamese economy grounded […]

The Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) has rallied up 31% year to date to lead the emerging markets category. Vietnamese stocks have become more attractive to foreign investors due to enticing valuations and improved liquidity in local stock markets. “Foreign investors have been attracted to Vietnam over the past few years, given its relatively […]

Global stocks and exchange traded funds have surged out of the gate in 2013 following the last-minute compromise on the U.S. fiscal cliff. Positive economic data and higher earnings helped maintain the momentum, but the markets slowed a bit at the end of the month on poor fourth quarter growth numbers. The Dow Jones Industrial […]

Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) has rallied 25% in just one month and government intervention to help boost the economy should bolster this performance in 2013. “We are very encouraged to see that the government is very committed to stabilizing the economy, and that is what we continue to see going into 2013,” Trinh […]