New ETFs: Emerging Market Debt, Smartphones | ETF Trends

The exchange traded fund (ETF) options for investing in emerging market debt just grew by one, with the addition of a new fund from WisdomTree.

The WisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt Fund (NYSEArca: ELD) is designed to provide exposure to emerging market debt denominated in local currencies, similar to a fund launched last month by Market Vectors. It has an expense ratio of 0.55%.  WisdomTree points out that the fund comes at a time when investor interest in emerging market debt is high. Such debt has faster growth and boasts higher yields than the debt of developed markets. [ETFs for Emerging Market Debt.]

There are several differences between ELD and Market Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (NYSEArca: EMLC), explains Olivier Ludwig for Index Universe. ELD is actively managed and it’s slightly more expensive (EMLC’s expense ratio is 0.49%).

Finance PhD reports for Financial Advisor that First Trust has detailed plans to bring an ETF to market targeting Smartphone-related companies (with the clever ticker of FONE). First Trust defines a “smartphone” as a wireless mobile communication device offering advanced capabilities and functionalities, including Web access, through the use of an identifiable operating system. While you wait for a smartphone ETF, there are plenty of ways to get exposure to this sector through existing ETFs.

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Tisha Guerrero contributed to this category.

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