Barclays Global Investors is set to roll out three new exchange traded notes (ETNs) that will track currencies in Asia, the Middle East and emerging markets. The ETNs have already acquired $150 million during the month ahead of their launch.

Jesse Emspak for Investor’s Business Daily says the new ETNs are:

  • Asian and Gulf Revaluation: This tracks an index Middle Eastern and Asian currencies tied to the U.S. dollar. Included are the yuan, Hong Kong dollar, Saudi Arabian riyal, Singapore dollar, and United Arab Emirates dirham.
  • Global Emerging Markets Strategy: Tracks 15 emerging markets countries’ currencies, including Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, through money markets.
  • Intelligent Carry Index ETN: Follows the 10 most liquid currencies in the world, designed to give market-neutral returns.

These ETNs are just in time to join two other currency ETNs that have recently launched: Market Vectors Indian Rupee (INR) and Market Vectors Chinese Renminbi (CNY). CurrencyShares by Rydex was the first to cover currency through exchange traded products.

Bear in mind, the IRS has done away with the tax breaks on foreign currency ETNs. A ruling on other types of ETNs is awaited sometime this year.

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