Brazil, one of the pillars of emerging market growth, has been an attractive locale for investors to diversify their international exposure. While investors have focused on the $8.7 billion iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSEArca: EWZ), there are also other Brazil exchange traded funds to consider.
The iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund follows the MSCI Brazil Index, a market-cap weighted index that tracks Brazilian stocks. Because of its weighting methodology, the fund leans toward the state-run oil company Petrobras and mining firm Vale, which account for about a third of the ETF’s holdings. The financials sector accounts for the largest allocation at 25.0%, followed by energy 20.0% and materials 18.9%. EWZ has a 0.59% expense ratio.
Investors can also take a look at First Trust Brazil AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FBZ) as an alternative. This ETF follows a modified equal-weighting methodology that selects companies based on value and growth factors. As such, it has about a 66% weighting in mid-cap stocks and no single holding accounts for more than 3.9%. The First Trust Brazil AlphaDEX Fund’s largest sector allocations include consumer staples 15.8%, materials 15.6% and utilities 15.2%. FBZ has a 0.82% expense ratio.
While the Global X Brazil Mid Cap ETF (NYSEArca: BRAZ) tracks the Solactive Brazil Mid Cap Index, the ETF also includes significant allocations to large caps. BRAZ holds about 62% in large-cap Brazilian stocks and 37% in mid-caps, according to Morningstar. Top sector allocations include utilities 25.5%, telecommunications 11.5% and financials 10.9%. BRAZ has a 0.69% expense ratio.
If you believe in the Brazil’s growing domestic economy, smaller companies may be a better fit.
The Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: BRF) tries to reflect the performance of the Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap Index, which provides exposure to Brazilian small-caps. As such, the fund has a higher allocation in consumer discretionary names at 33.2%, followed by industrials at 22.2% and financials at 12.3%. BRF has a 0.59% expense ratio.