Charles Schwab launched two new exchange traded funds (ETFs), bringing the total number of ETFs they offer to eight. For the new funds, Schwab is venturing out for some overseas exposure.

Their two additions are:

  • Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETFs (NYSEArca: SCHE): Gives exposure to 20 developing economies, including Brazil, China, Russia and Taiwan. Components are large- and mid-cap companies. [Reasons to stick with emerging markets.]
  • Schwab International Small-Cap Equity ETF (NYSEArca: SCHC): Gives exposure to small-cap companies in developed countries, excluding the United States. [The case for small-caps in 2010.]

Assets in Schwab’s first six ETFs have ballooned to $419 million and trading volume has been steadily increasing across the funds. [Schwab’s ETFs attract criticism, but is it justified?]

Schwab’s funds have some of the lowest expense ratios in the market for funds with similar objectives — the two new funds each have an expense ratio of 0.35%, according to the press release. These new ETFs can also be bought and sold online commission-free in Schwab accounts. [How Schwab has created competition.]

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