Clearing up 3 Single-Country ETF Misconceptions

Take what’s happening in emerging markets, for example. As the BlackRock Investment Institute pointed out last year in a paper on investing in emerging markets, disparities among emerging markets are growing fast, as economies and financial markets mature at very different paces. As such, the paper’s authors conclude that the key in emerging market investing today is to focus on companies that generate cash flow in favored geographies, i.e. in select countries. BlackRock’s Chief Investment Strategist Russ Koesterich advocates a similar select-country approach, and you can find out which countries he likes in his latest Investment Directions monthly market commentary. Single-country ETFs are one way to express such country-specific preferences.

Misconception: When you invest in single-country funds, you’re only investing in businesses focused on one specific country.

Truth: Many of the companies in single-country funds are global players, meaning they do business both within, and beyond, their borders. This is why it’s so important to know your true exposure before you invest.

Want to learn more about single-country ETFs? Check out the BlackRock “Fund Frenzy” challenge, a fun competition that kicks off this week. You can pick a team of five single-country ETFs that you think will perform best over the course of a month. If your ETF team takes the top prize, you’ll win a $20,000 donation to a charity of your choice. Let the — misconceptions go — and the games begin.

Source: BlackRock

Sue Thompson, CIMA, Managing Director, is Head of the Registered Investment Advisor Group, overseeing the firm’s iShares and 529 sales efforts with registered investment advisors, family offices and asset managers. Sue is a regular contributor to The Blog. You can find more of her posts here.

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