Investing in ETF – Know What You are Investing In

globeAs individual investors, we are always careful of what we invest in and what investing vehicle we use. We try to filter the business media noise or recommendations from analyst or fund house marketing data. In last few years, we have been told that the simple and easiest way to invest in new growing emerging markets is use emerging market ETFs and/or funds. There are so many different funds with so many different themes that we should understand whether we are really getting what we are looking for. Following are few examples as observations on structures of ETFs.

Example 1: VWO and EEM are funds based on MSCI emerging market select index which is market capitalization based index. It includes 18 to 20 emerging economies where stocks can be bought free of any restrictions.

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VWO – Fund for Foreign Emerging Market Exposure

In my earlier post, I provided a shortlist of candidates for index-based exchange traded funds to capture the general market performance of emerging markets. These ETF-based funds are VWO, EEM, DEM, BKF, and BIK. While the shortlist provided a good starting point, in this post I am reviewing the suitability of these funds against the investment objective. The investment objective is to capture the general performance of emerging markets. I did not consider reviewing BIK, since it was invested only in 40 corporations in Brazil, China, Russia, and India. continue reading rest of the article….

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