BRIC ETFs: Bye Russia, Hello Indonesia? | ETF Trends

As the investor’s high when it comes to Russia wears off, some are wondering if it might be time to bump it out of the BRICs – and their exchange traded funds (ETFs).

If Russia is not able to develop into a stable and mature economy, the country may get the boot from the BRICs: Brazil, Russia, India and China. Indonesia could be just the country to replace it.

Roben Farzad for BusinessWeek reports that investors are largely turned off by corruption in Russia, among other things.  [Russia ETFs May Benefit From Modernization.]

On the other hand, Indonesia’s fiscal prudence, economic growth and strengthening social and political institutions have far more appeal. [BRIC ETFs Are Stealing the Show.]

Brad Reagan for The National notes that emerging markets are taking more precedence in investors’ portfolios, and now more than ever investors need to have the exposure to diversified emerging economies to capture growth and manage risk.

If nothing else, perhaps the BRICs can stand to take on another “I”. In the last three months, Market Vectors Indonesia (NYSEArca: IDX) and iShares MSCI Indonesia (NYSEArca: EIDO) are up about 13%, while BRIC funds are up about 10%. Russia ETFs are up about 13% in the same time period.

  • iShares MSCI BRIC Index (NYSEArca: BKF)
  • Guggenheim BRIC (NYSEArca: EEB)

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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