The economic and political problems in developing economies sent waves through the global markets. Nevertheless, the emerging markets should still be a part of a diversified global portfolio, and investors can utilize exchange traded funds to navigate the world.
For starters, investors can avoid troubled countries, like Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa, and turn to economies with more stable currencies, writes John Wasik for Reuters.
Currently, the so-called Fragile Five, or BIITS, – Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa, stand out as widening current account deficits depress currencies, vulnerability to Fed tapering and political drama riles markets. [Broken BIITS: Rate Hikes Not Boosting Confidence in EM ETFs]
Instead, something like the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF (NYSEArca: FM), which has a heavy allocation to frontier countries in Africa and the Middle East, has gained 18.2% over the past year and is up 1.4% year-to-date. [Diversify a Global Portfolio with a Middle East ETF]
ETF investors can find regional or country-specific ETFs that target stronger countries with more sold fundamentals, including the WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: GULF), iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWW), iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWY), iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF (NYSEArca: EWT) and Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM).