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Investors Funneling Billions of Dollars into Emerging Market ETFs

This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.

While world markets stumbled this year, investors have been betting on a rebound in the developing economies, funneling billions of dollars into emerging market-related ETFs.

U.S.-listed ETFs that track developing countries, along with targeted country-specific ETFs, attracted $1.28 billion for the week ended November 23, marking their sixth consecutive week of inflows, and experienced total inflows of around $20.5 billion for the year, Bloomberg reports.

For example, the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) was among the most popular ETF plays over the past week, bringing in $701 million in net inflows, according to XTF data.

Over November, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) brought in $421 in new inflows while IEMG saw inflows of $2.2 billion.

The turnaround on emerging market sentiment is a stark contrast to the over $10 billion in redemptions the emerging market ETFs experienced in the first half of the year after the steep sell-off from the initial trade war fears.

“Double upgrade” to emerging-market stocks

Money managers from Aberdeen Standard Investments, Schroders Plc, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, BlackRock Inc. and Morgan Stanley, which announced a “double upgrade” to emerging-market stocks, began to overweight the emerging markets after a hint that the Federal Reserve could pause on rate hikes next year due to a slowdown in growth.

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Furthermore, traders grew more optimistic over the emerging market outlook ahead of the sit down between President Xi Jinping and Donald Trump on hopes of a resolution to the escalating trade war between China and the U.S. Daniel Morris at BNP Paribas Asset Management argued that the smallest steps to resolving the trade dispute would be a welcomed relief.

“A softer tone expected from the Fed, a possible trade detente at the G-20 meeting and expectations of a weaker dollar in 2019 are key positive themes,” Greg Lesko, a money manager at Deltec Asset Management, told Bloomberg. “Plus, the market is down so much.”

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