Check out three emerging market ETFs that have side-stepped the volatility out of China

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  • Beijing's recent crackdown against foreign-listed Chinese stocks has sent shockwaves through almost the entire market, but these three popular ETFs have managed to side-step the drama.
  • The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ex-China ETF (NASDAQ:EMXC), Asian Growth Cubs ETF (NYSEARCA:CUBS) and Freedom 100 Emerging Markets ETF (BATS:FRDM) all provide emerging-market exposure, but skip China.
  • That's buoyed their performance as volatility and uncertainty grow around Chinese stocks.
  • Just last week, the KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF (NYSEARCA:KWEB) plummeted more than 22% in four days. Moreover, Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index has fallen 9.08% since July 1.
  • However, EMXC, CUBS and FRDM offer insulation from China while still providing impactful exposure to emerging and frontier markets. Here's a look at all three:

MSCI Emerging Markets ex-China ETF

  • EMXC is an ETF that provides exposure to emerging markets such as Taiwan, South Korea, India and Brazil. The fund has a total build-up of 601 holdings, but focuses more than 42% of its portfolio on Taiwan and South Korea.
  • The ETF has returned investors +7.51% YTD and +31.12% over a one-year period. It comes with an expense ratio of 0.25%.

Asian Growth Cubs ETF

  • CUBS is a unique fund that allows investors to invest in EM without exposure to any of the potentially volatile "BRIC" nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China).
  • The ETF is an actively managed fund that focuses on Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam.
  • CUBS only launched on June 17, but is +4.30% since then. The fund has a 0.99% expense ratio.

Freedom 100 Emerging Markets ETF

  • FRDM seeks to track the Life + Liberty Freedom 100 Emerging Markets Index, which aims to avoid countries with authoritative leadership -- focusing instead on regions that protect both personal and economic freedom.
  • The ETF has produced returns of +5.55% YTD and +30.81% over the past year.
  • FRDM has an expense ratio of 0.49% and currently has 101 holdings covering countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, Chile and Poland.

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