Looming Departures Could Be Good News For Frontier ETF
- Frontier markets are attracting a greater following.
- In the frontier market, Qatar and UAE are being promoted.
- Implications of changes in frontier and emerging market indices.
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Wed, Jan. 15, 12:35 PM
- You could have made the same bear case against emerging markets 10 years ago and you would have missed a decade of outperformance, says Everest Capital chief Marko Dimitrijevic, rebutting Goldman's recommendation to cut holdings in the sector. "If you reduce or ignore emerging markets, you're going to miss on literally hundreds of companies that are great."
- Overall, Dimitrijevic overall return estimates are just slightly higher than Goldman's, but the real alpha is to be made in specific sectors - education in Brazil, infrastructure in Mexico, retail, cement, oil and gas in Colombia, and consumer plays in Saudi Arabia.
- Everest is most bullish on frontier markets, or, as Dimitrijevic calls them, "EM 2.0." "It's a secular opportunity that reminds us very much of what now-mainstream emerging markets were like 15 or 20 years ago."
- Everest had a big year in 2013, gaining 41.2%. Its dedicated Frontier fund rose 28.8%.
- Emerging market ETFs: EEM, VWO, DEM, EDC, DGS, EDZ, EEMV, EEB, SCHE, EDIV, IEMG, DVYE, BIK, EWX, EEV, BKF, PIE, CEW, ADRE, HILO, EUM, FNI, EET, GMM, PXH, EEMS, BBRC, EELV, FEMS, EEME, EMDD, BICK, EMCR, DBEM, FEM, EWEM, JEM, EVAL, EMLB, EMBB, EEHB, EGRW, TLTE, FNDE, EMSA, EMHD, EMDR, EMFT
- Frontier/MENA ETFs: FM, FRN, EMFM, AFK, GULF, GAF, MES, PMNA
Wed, Jan. 15, 4:16 AM
- The World Bank expects global economic expansion to accelerate to 3.2% in 2014 from 2.4% in 2013, led by advanced economies that seem "to be finally turning the corner" following the financial crisis.
- In its Global Economic Prospects report, the bank also forecasts growth of 3.4% in 2015 and 3.5% in 2016.
- The bank predicts that the U.S. will expand 2.8% this year, up from 1.8% last year.
- While the Fed's scaling back of its bond-buying program is one headwind for global prospects, stronger growth in high-income countries should offset the impact of the taper, the bank says. (PR)
- ETFs: EEM, VWO, EFA, EDC, VEA, VT, FM, EDZ, EEB, SCHE, IEMG, FRN, BIK, ACWI, EEV, BKF, PIE, IOO, CEW, ADRE, IEFA, EUM, FNI, DZK, EET, PIZ, DPK, GWX, GMM, BBRC, EFZ, URTH, ONEF, EFU, DGT, DBEF, EEME, FIGY, EMDD, MFLA, EMCR, BICK, DBEM, PXF, EFO, ADRD, FEM, EWEM, RWV, JEM, EMBB, EMLB, FNDF, TOK, EMFM, IFSM, EMSA, IDHQ, FWDI, EMDR, EMFT, FDT
Nov. 14, 2013, 3:33 PM
- It's the MINT countries whose prospects most excite Jim O'Neill. The coiner of the BRIC acronym (he didn't invent MINT) likes the favorable demographics and economic prospects of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey over the next two decades.
- He notes the optimism in places like Indonesia, where policymakers (and shoppers) are talking about economic growth of 7%, contrasted to Russia, whose economy minister suggested 2.5% growth over the next 20 years.
- Mexico ETFs: EWW, UMX, SMK
- Indonesia ETFs: IDX, EIDO, IDXJ
- Frontier markets ETFs: FM, FRN, EMFM
- Turkey ETF: TUR
Aug. 28, 2013, 10:52 AM
- Guggenheim's BRIC ETF (EEB) - never a true BRIC fund because of a small allocation to Russia - will address that issue by changing its underlying index to the BNY Mellon BRIC Select DR Index from the BNY Mellon BRIC Select ADR index. As the new index name suggests, it will track global depositary receipts instead of just ADRs. The change will also allow the fund to own Hong Kong-listed China H-Shares for the first time.
- The Emerging Global Beyond BRICs ETF (BBRC) will change to a FTSE index which will allow frontier-market holdings for the first time. The year-old fund has had a tough time competing against established emerging market funds EEM and VWO, but the change should allow for a much different approach than those two giants.
- Other BRIC ETFs: FNI, BKF, BIK, EMDD, BICK.
- Frontier Market ETFs: FRN, PMNA, FM.
Apr. 3, 2013, 1:57 PMToday marks Global X's launch of the first ever single country ETF covering Nigeria (NGE). Existing Frontier market funds like FM and FRN currently allocate just a small portion of their holdings to Nigeria. NGE comes with an expense ratio of 0.68% vs. PMNA's 0.95%, EGPT's 0.94%, FM's 0.79% and FRN's 0.65%. | Comment!
Mar. 18, 2013, 4:57 AMRon Rowland offers additional highlights on the recently expanded lineup of commission-free ETFs over at Fidelity including the following caveat: Funds not held for 30 days by retail investors or 60 days by RIAs using Fidelity as a custodian will be subject to a $7.95 per-trade commission. Some RIAs have complained that the longer holding period directed at them is unfair. Rowland spells out the full list of affected ETFs here. | Comment!
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