ETF Spotlight: India | ETF Trends

Policymakers in India are working hard to implement more stringent guidelines than seen over the past decade. Exchange traded funds focused on India are set to gain attention as the economy begins to build back up.

Monty Agarwal, managing partner and chief investment officer of MA Managed Futures Fund, says the government has taken bold steps to support the rupee by attracting foreign investments and cutting the budget deficit. [India ETFs – Breakout or Fakeout?]

The rupee’s recent strength over the U.S. dollar has helped push the economy into the upward momentum it needs to start growing again. The WisdomTree Dreyfus Indian Rupee ETF (NYSEArca: ICN) is up about 5% year-to-date, reports Trang Ho for Investor’s Business Daily. The recent announcement of QE3 by the Federal Reserve has helped push investors back into riskier assets. [What is an ETF? Part 15- World Currencies]

The economy in India grew 5.5% over the first quarter and the fiscal deficit has grown 5.9% of GDP, reports Neena Mishra for Zacks. Previously, major ratings agencies and institutions have warned India of a credit downgrade, the first BRIC nation to lose an investment grade rating. [India ETFs Rise on Interest Rate Cut]

However, there are various fundamental reasons supporting an investment in India. Russ Koesterich for iShares explains that Indian shares are trading at low valuations. GDP is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 6.4%. Investors are underinvested in India relative to other emerging markets, which should boost prices if investor confidence returns.