Global X Launches Andean ETF | ETF Trends

Global X, now becoming well known for its lineup of first-mover exchange traded funds (ETFs), is first-to-market again with a fund aimed at the Andean region of Latin America.

The Andean region, composed of the fast-growing economies of Peru, Colombia and Chile, boasts one of the best-performing stock markets in the world. You can now get exposure to all three in one fell swoop with the Global X FTSE Andean 40 (NYSEArca: AND).

Though there are three single-country funds tracking each of the countries individually, Global X CEO Bruno del Ama points out that there’s an agreement pending to merge their stock markets. If the deal goes through, it would be the second-largest stock market in Latin America, just behind Brazil. It would also be 50% larger than Mexico’s.

AND further rounds out the growing options for getting exposure to Latin America. The three funds that track those economies individually are Global X Colombia (NYSEArca: GXG), iShares MSCI Peru (NYSEArca: EPU) and iShares MSCI Chile (NYSEArca: ECH).

Taking a regional approach to ETFs is ideal for investors who don’t want to shoulder the same level of risk that often comes with single-country funds.

AND gives most of its weight over to Chile, which accounts for nearly 50% of the fund. Colombia gets 28% of the weighting and Peru has 22%. Given Latin America’s wealth in natural resources, AND also counts basic materials as the largest sector, with 28.4% of the weight. Financials is weighted at 21.3%; oil and gas, 14.7%; and consumer services, 12.9%.

AND’s expense ratio is 0.72%.

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