WisdomTree ETF Travels To The Middle East | ETF Trends

WisdomTree has edged their way into the Middle East exchange traded fund (ETF) lineup with the launch of a new fund.

The WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund (GULF) covers the same region as S&P’s GCC40 Index, which has no ETF yet associated with it, reports ETF Guide.

The underlying index is the WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Index, which is fundamentally weighted, and measures the companies domiciled in the region that pay regular cash dividends on shares of common stock.

One hundred companies are included, based upon market capitalization and no country represents more than 33%. At re-balancing, companies must have paid out $5 million in cash dividends for the cycle prior to the next one.

The Middle East has become one of the most attractive areas in the world for investors to access, as emerging markets become more correlated with developed ones. The Middle East, in particular, is drawing interest because of its potential for growth, as well as the fact that it has largely sat out the troubles that rising energy prices have caused around the rest of the world.