Poland may be one of the lucky few economies that has evaded the recession this year. A major exchange traded fund (ETF) provider has also taken notice and a Poland-specific ETF could be coming out soon.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that Poland’s “limited reliance on exports, flexible exchange rate and contained external and internal balances” allowed the country to avoid a recession this year, reports Meena Thiruvengadam for The Wall Street Journal. The IMF estimated that Poland’s economy may expand 1.1% this year and 1.9% in 2010.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) expects the Polish economy to grow 1.4% this year and 2.5% in 2010, according to Warsaw Business Journal. The economy was aided by a sound banking sector, unleveraged private sector, tax cuts as well as other fiscal measures and infrastructure investments. But activity will remain below potential and the government deficit will greatly distend, says the OECD.
Van Eck announced its intent to launch a Market Vectors Poland ETF (PLND), which is expected to come out later this month, writes Don Dion for TheStreet. The fund will focus on small- and mid-cap companies, with an index made up of stocks that have a market cap of at least $150 million and daily trading averages of a minimum of $1 million. PLND’s most heavily weighted sectors are reported to have allocations of financials at 40%, energy at 14% and industrials at 11% within the fund’s portfolio.
Country-specific ETFs are useful in diversifying an international portfolio, or tracking short-term trends in international economies that would otherwise not be available to an average investor. However, investors should note that narrowly themed and emerging market ETFs have greater volatility.