Hot New ETF Trend: International Small-Caps | ETF Trends

Now that the domestic small-cap space has been well-covered by exchange traded funds (ETFs), providers are setting their sights on more distant lands. What has suddenly become so appealing about this heretofore unrepresented asset class?

ETF issuers are leaning toward ETFs with small-cap country exposure for a could of key reasons:

  • Domestic growth is expected to lag behind that of emerging markets
  • Large-caps in both emerging and developed markets correlate closely with the struggling global economy

Stacy Schultz for Financial Planning reports that Market Vectors’ launch of the Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap (NYSEArca: BRF) brought new attention to the asset class by capitalizing on the growth of Brazil’s consumers. [Why Small-Caps Are Performing Well.]

A number of smaller countries have a few very large names on their stock exchanges that either tend to be utility companies, a large bank or a global titan. These compete on a global level, so they are going to be large-cap and not give you pure exposure to that domestic economy. Small-caps, on the other hand, give  investors exposure to the big growth areas that populate emerging and developed markets. [Brazil ETF: Using Caution If There’s a Bubble.]

Don’t forget, too, that small-caps historically outperform in periods of economic recovery. They tend to perform even better out of nasty downturns, and this downturn was about as nasty as it gets. [3 ETF Trends Being Spotted Now.]

For more stories about small caps, visit our asset class ETF category.

  • IQ Canada Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: CNDA)
  • IQ Australia Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: KROO)
  • Market Vectors Brazil Small Cap (NYSEArca: BRF)
  • Schwab International Small-Cap Equity (NYSEArca: SCHC)
  • WisdomTree International SmallCap Dividend (NYSEArca: DLS)
  • WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend (NYSEArca: DFJ)
  • WisdomTree Europe SmallCap Dividend (NYSEArca: DFE)

The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation for any product.