An Interesting Divergence With China ETFs

In a year which emerging markets exchange traded funds have been mostly solid, U.S. investors have displayed little appetite for China, the largest developing economy. China ETFs trading in New York, including the iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI), the largest China-related ETF that tracks Chinese companies listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, are laggard performers.

Not only that, but investors are not being shy about departing US-listed China ETFs. Interestingly, local Chinese investors are doing the opposite as China ETFs trading in Hong Kong are adding assets.

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Due to the recent economic weakness, investors have been selling Chinese equities, which are among the emerging world’s worst performers in 2016. The iShares MSCI Hong Kong ETF (NYSEArca: EWH) is also falling out of favor with investors and is bleeding assets.

Departures from EWH, FXI and other China-related ETFs come as investors have been flocking to funds such as the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets ETFs by assets.


“Traders have pulled $1.7 billion from U.S.-traded ETFs focused on China’s mainland and offshore shares this year, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Similar funds available on Chinese exchanges grew by about $1.7 billion during the same period,” reports Elena Popina for Bloomberg.