Richard Kang, chief investment officer at Emerging Global, commented that the three countries all have per capita GDP of more than $20,000 a year and include established middle classes. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has disqualified the three countries as emerging markets based on those two criteria. [Emerging Market ETFs: High Growth Equals High Returns?]

What does it mean for you? If you’re concerned about getting pure emerging market exposure, educate yourself on where the various indexers stand on the matter and what the funds own. Many funds classified as having emerging market exposure do, in fact, hold markets that many would consider to be developed. [The Top 10 ETFs Investors Are Trading.]

For more information on emerging markets, visit our emerging markets category.

Max Chen contributed to this article.