Tempting ETF Bets for December

Rivals to XLE include the Vanguard Energy ETF (NYSEArca: VDE), iShares U.S. Energy ETF (NYSEArca: IYE) and the Fidelity MSCI Energy Index ETF (NYSEArca: FENY).

Investors should be aware that XLE and its aforementioned rivals allocated hefty portions of their lineups to the largest oil companies, including Dow components Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX) along with Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), the largest oilfield services provider. In some cases Exxon Mobil and Chevron, the two largest U.S. oil companies, combine for up to a third of these ETFs’ weights.

Risk-tolerant investors considering emerging markets positions may want to evaluate an ETF that has been drubbed in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise election victory: The iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWW).

“If investors are looking across the border, the beaten-up iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (EWW) is one trade at these levels, according to Zachary Karabell, head of global strategy at Envestnet,” according to CNBC. “The risk in owning the EWW looks attractive to Karabell as it’s gotten crushed in November, falling 14 percent on investors’ uncertainty about U.S.-Mexico trade and the plummeting Mexican peso.”

Investors who believe the Mexican peso may continue to depreciate but anticipate the markets will improve can look to currency-hedged ETF strategies to diminish the currency risks. For instance, the db X-trackers MSCI Mexico Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBMX) and the recently launched iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Mexico (NYSEArca: HEWW) provide exposure to the Mexico’s market without the added currency risk of a depreciating peso currency.

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