Russia’s economy slowed down during the first three months of the year, with a slight slump during February. But don’t let this deter you from a growing emerging market that is now covered by two exchange traded funds (ETFs).
Russia’s Economy Ministry stated that GDP grew a seasonally adjusted 0.6% in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter, and on a seasonally adjusted basis, GDP increased a quarterly 1.7% in the fourth quarter and 2% in the third, reports Paul Abelsky for BusinessWeek. [Russia ETFs: Ready to Power Up?]
The economy expanded 0.2% in March from the previous month after a 0.7% drop in February. GDP jumped 4.5% in the first quarter year-over-year. Russia’s trade surplus surged to $46 billion in the first quarter as compared to $18.8 billion a year earlier.
The recently launched RBL has a daily trading volume of 7.9k with $4.6 million in assets and an expense ratio of 0.59%. RBL holdings has many of the same companies as rival fund RSX has, including Gazprom, Lukoil, Rosneft and Surgutneftegaz in the energy sector. [State Street Launches New Russia ETF.]
RSX has been around since April 27, 2007 and has a daily average volume of 2.8 million with $2.0 billion in assets. The fund has an expense ratio of 0.62%. Top sector allocations include energy at 40% and industrial materials at 26.4%.
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Max Chen contributed to this article.
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