So-called BRIC countries took a backseat to other sectors over the past year, but now they’re getting more attention. For instance, Russia’s single-country exchange traded fund (ETF) grabbed the spotlight recently, as its performance may have signaled a comeback. Are other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) economies to follow?

Bespoke Investments is claiming a certain pattern in the equities market is revealing itself, says Gary Gordon for ETF Expert: emerging market stocks tend to “peak” before developed country stocks; then, emergers “bottom out” before developed country stock assets; then, emerging equities “recover” before developed world equities.

Although the emerging markets sell-off may have discouraged many investors, the question still remains as to whether the “smart money” has exited. [Emerging Market ETFs: Still In The Game?]

The geopolitical climate is also a factor, as the rebellions in the Middle East have investors on edge and the earthquake in Japan is unraveling even more speculation for would-be investors wading back into the markets.

Some BRIC ETFs include:

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

Single-country ETFs for the group include:

  • Market Vectors TR Russia (NYSEArca: RSX)
  • iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSEArca: EWZ)
  • SPDR S&P China (NYSEArca: GXC)

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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