ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Emerging markets and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that follow them appear to benefit from the global credit crunch as long as there isn’t a recession. According to an investment strategy report by Merrill Lynch, analysts do not detect one on the horizon. The report says, "Nominal GDP growth of 12% in emerging markets should be more than sufficient to deliver the consensus EPS growth target of 15% next year." Fundamentals are strong, yet emerging markets are still undervalued, underowned, undercapitalized and underleveraged, reports Trang Ho for Investor’s Business Daily.

Next year, it appears the consumer and infrastructure sectors of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) will take center stage thanks to higher global inflation and strong domestic demand. One way to play the emerging-market countries is through:

  • SPDR S&P BRIC 40 (BIK)
  • Claymore/BNY BRIC (EEB)

Energy, financials and telecommunications dominate in both ETFs, while EEB has higher weightings in materials and technology. EEB caps energy at 25% of assets, and BIK caps at 39%.

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