Competitors to EWY include the currency hedged Deutsche X-trackers MSCI South Korea Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEARCA: DBKO).
DBKO “seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI Korea 25/50 US Dollar Hedged Index. The index is designed to provide exposure to South Korean equity markets, while at the same time mitigating exposure to fluctuations between the value of the U.S. dollar and the South Korean won,” according to Deutsche Asset Management.
Regarding options activity in EWY, the South Korea ETF with the most robust options activity, “options traders, however, appear to be bracing for a hit to the ETFs’ shares. There are currently 4.2 puts open for each open call contract on the fund’s shares, according to options analytics firm Trade Alert,” according to Reuters.
EWY, which allocates nearly 38% of its weight to technology stocks, is usually one of the more docile single-country emerging markets ETFs. The fund has a three-year standard deviation of just under 18%. Year-to-date, investors have allocated $154 million to EWY.
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