By Heather Bell
SSgA Files For New International And Fixed Income ETFs
SSgA has filed for four new fixed income ETFs and four new international ETFs.
The international funds cover one country, Ireland, and three emerging market regions: Southeast Asia, Africa and the Gulf Cooperation Council markets. Ireland is a bit of a surprise as the SPDR family generally takes a regional approach to international investing and does not usually cover individual countries outside of the U.S. There are a few exceptions, such as Japan and China, but Ireland seems a strange choice. The filing raises the possibility that SSgA may be expanding into territory previously only covered by MSCI (and now the Northern Trust NETS). The underlying index will be S&P/Citigroup Capped Ireland Index.
The SPDR S&P Emerging Markets South East Asia ETF will track the S&P Southeast Asia 40 Index, which covers Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. Meanwhile, the SPDR S&P Emerging GCC-Middle East ETF will track the S&P GCC 40 Index, which covers Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The SPDR S&P Emerging Africa ETF will track the S&P Africa 40 Index, which covers Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia. The SPDR family already includes the SPDR S&P Emerging Middle East & Africa ETF (AMEX: GAF), but it is heavily weighted toward South Africa and Israel.
The fixed income ETFs all track indexes from Lehman Brothers and cover mortgage-backed securities, U.S. convertible bonds, and long-term and intermediate-term bonds. They include the SPDR Lehman Mortgage Backed Bond ETF, the SPDR Lehman Intermediate Term Credit Bond ETF, the SPDR Lehman Long Term Credit Bond ETF and the SPDR Lehman Convertible Bond ETF. Interestingly, iShares already offers ETFs linked to the Lehman Brothers MBS and intermediate-term credit bond indexes.
|Fund||Symbol||Exchange||Expense Ratio||Listing Date||Category|
|SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Small Cap ETF||EWX||AMEX||0.65%||5/16/2008||International - Emerging|
|NETS Hang Seng China Enterprises Index Fund||SNO||NYSE Arca||0.51%||5/19/2008||International - Emerging - Country|
|NETS BEL 20 Index Fund||BRU||NYSE Arca||0.47%||5/19/2008||International - Developed - Country|
|NETS AEX-Index Fund||AEX||NYSE Arca||0.47%||5/19/2008||International - Developed - Country|
|PowerShares Autonomic Growth NFA Global Asset Portfolio||PTO||AMEX||0.25%||5/20/2008||Multi-Asset Class|
|PowerShares Autonomic Balanced Growth NFA Global Asset Portfolio||PAO||AMEX||0.25%||5/20/2008||Multi-Asset Class|
|PowerShares Autonomic Balanced NFA Global Asset Portfolio||PCA||AMEX||0.25%||5/20/2008||Multi-Asset Class|
|WisdomTree U.S. Current Income Fund||USY||NYSE Arca||0.25%||5/20/2008||Currency|
|WisdomTree Dreyfus Japanese Yen fund||JYF||NYSE Arca||0.35%||5/21/2008||Currency|