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India ETFs Could Reflect a Strong Economy Unaffected by Trade Fears

This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.

India ETFs have been among the stronger areas of the emerging markets, shrugging off the global trade fears, as the economy expanded at the fastest pace in eight quarter.

Over the past three months, the iShares MSCI India ETF (INDA) rose 5.4%, PowerShares India Portfolio (PIN) gained 6.8%, and the WisdomTree India Earnings ETF (EPI) added 3.9% and Franklin FTSE India ETF (FLIN) increased 4.6%.

India's economy grew at a faster-than-expected 8.2% in the three months ended June year-over-year as strong domestic consumption and manufacturing growth overshadowed global trade concerns, Bloomberg reports.

The growth spurt secures India s the world's fastest-growing major economy, pushing ahead of China, which has been dragged down by the escalating trade war with the U.S.

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India may also enjoy improved conditions as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to boost his party’s prospects with promises of increased government spending ahead of the upcoming general election due in 2019.

“The growth numbers are good but will it be sustainable is the material question,” Gaurang Shah, chief investment strategist at Geojit Financial Services Ltd., told Bloomberg. “The currency remains the joker in the pack and can play a spoilsport.”

Indian Rupee Plunges

The Indian rupee has plunged to a new low below 71 to the dollar on Friday, which could dissuade foreign investors, fuel imported inflation and cause the central bank to step in, which can all impeded future growth.

The Market Vectors Rupee/USD ETN (INR) fell 8.4% year-to-date while the rupee currency depreciated 10.0% against the U.S. dollar.

The International Monetary Fund is now projecting Asia’s third-largest economy to expand 7.3% in the fiscal year through March 2019 and 7.5% in the following year. Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of India forecasts the economy to grow 7.4% in fiscal 2019.

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