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  • Nov. 20, 2015, 12:53 PM
    • There have been emerging market equity fund outflows for 16 of the past 19 weeks, and debt fund outflows in 23 of the past 26, according to the latest fund flow data from BAML. Year-to-date fund outflows of $86B is tops since 2008.
    • For perspective, European equity funds have seen inflows for 25 of the past 27 weeks.
    • While China's devaluation complicates things, "humiliated emerging markets are ripe for a bounce as Fed expectations peak," says the team.
    • ETFs: EEM, VWO, DEM, EDC, ETF, FM, DGS, EDZ, SCHE, EEMV, IEMG, EEB, EDIV, EMF, MSF, DVYE, FRN, EWX, EEV, BIK
    | Nov. 20, 2015, 12:53 PM | 1 Comment
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  • Apr. 23, 2015, 12:27 PM
    • The Global X MSCI Pakistan ETF (Pending:PAK) tracks the MSCI All Pakistan Select 25/50 Index, making it the first ETF to focus on Pakistan's economy.
    • "The broad Pakistan equity universe includes securities that are classified in Pakistan according to the MSCI Global Investable Market Index Methodology, together with companies that are headquartered or listed in Pakistan and carry out the majority of their operations in Pakistan," as stated in PAK's prospectus.
    • Broad frontier market ETFs: FM, FRN, EMFM
    | Apr. 23, 2015, 12:27 PM
  • Dec. 3, 2014, 1:44 PM
    • BlackRock estimates a distribution of between 6.4% and 7.6% of the net asset value of the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF (NYSEARCA:FM) to be paid on December 24.
    • One issue is this year's facelift in the Frontier Markets index in which Qatar and the UAE were upgraded to "emerging markets." The ETF held 35% of its assets in those two countries, forcing sizable sales to come in line with the updated index.
    • Then there are structural factors thanks to dealing in emerging/frontier markets, and the surge in assets (from $19M at the start of 2013 to $600M now).
    • The bottom line: The supposed benefits of ETFs are most pronounced in highly liquid markets like big-cap U.S stocks.
    | Dec. 3, 2014, 1:44 PM
  • Jan. 15, 2014, 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
    | Jan. 15, 2014, 12:35 PM
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  • 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
    | Nov. 14, 2013, 3:33 PM
  • 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.
    | Aug. 28, 2013, 10:52 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 3, 2013, 1:57 PM
    Today 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%.
    | Apr. 3, 2013, 1:57 PM
  • Mar. 18, 2013, 4:57 AM
    Ron 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.
    | Mar. 18, 2013, 4:57 AM
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The iShares MSCI Frontier 100 Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI Frontier Markets 100 Index.
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