Falling from 18 basis points to 15, the annual expense ratio of Vanguard's FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO +0.2%) now matches the cheapest-in-class, Schwab's Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE +0.3%). BlackRock's recent entry as an ultra-cheap emerging markets fund, the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG +0.2%), for the moment continues with an expense ratio of 18 bps.
Other lower expense ratios from Vanguard: The FTSE All-World ex-U.S. Small Cap ETF (VSS +0.7%) down 20% to 20 bps, Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF (VNQI +0.3%) down 15.6% to 27 bps. Total International Stock ETF (VXUS +0.5%) down 12.5% to 14 bps, Total World Stock ETF (VT +0.5%) down 5.3% to 18 bps.
The SPDR Barclays 0-5 Year TIPS ETF (SIPE) launches today and will offer investors short term exposure to the TIPS market; this space features a lot of competition.
The iShares Enhanced International Large Cap ETF (IEIL) and Enhanced International Small Cap ETF (IEIS) began their active strategy this morning and offer expense ratios of 0.35% and 0.49% respectively.
The PowerShares International BuyBack Achievers Portfolio (IPKW), like IEIL and IEIS, is based on a previously launched domestic strategy; the PowerShares BuyBack Achievers Portfolio (PKW).
President Obama's historic visit to Israel (which continues through today) appears to have sparked Israeli markets, in the midst of a global sell-off. iShares MSCI Israel (EIS) is +1.03% over the recent 5-day period, with global counterparts trailing behind over the same period: SPY -1.51%, EFA -1.51%, ACWI -1.62%, EEM -3.14%.
Sprint (S) is rolling out the first WiMax smartphone this summer, beating rivals Verizon (VT) and AT&T (T) by months. Dubbed the HTC Evo 4G and based on Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, the phone takes clear aim at Apple (AAPL). S +3.7% premarket.