|Bid||15.93 x 1000|
|Ask||16.64 x 2200|
|Day's Range||15.77 - 15.84|
|52 Week Range||14.29 - 18.53|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.34|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.65%|
The CSI 300 dropped 1.65% and is now down 6.2% since U.S. President Donald Trump broke the U.S.-China trade truce last weekend. Chinese stocks nonsensically surged 3.6% on Friday. The Chinese yuan also rose Friday despite clearly bad economic news.
April has drawn to a close and on the back of some solid first-quarter earnings reports, the financial services sector, the S&P 500's third-largest sector weight, delivered impressive gains in the fourth month of the year. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLF), the largest financial services exchange-traded fund (ETF) by assets, gained more than 9% in April.The financial services sector is considered a value play, not a growth segment, such as consumer discretionary or technology, but financials are a cyclical group and strength in this segment is widely viewed as advantageous for broader equity markets."A strong U.S. economy is naturally good for business: Most of the banks saw bigger-than-expected gains in consumer lending, deposits, and credit card spending," reports Barron's.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsData suggest investors are renewing their enthusiasm for financial services funds. While bank funds were among April's best ETFs, some were also the most popular ETFs to start the second quarter. As of April 29, XLF had monthly inflows of $1.39 billion, a total surpassed by just five other ETFs. * 10 Times Apple's Hardware Failed Consumers -- And Hurt Its Business For investors looking to make some bank with bank funds, these are some of the best ETFs to consider. SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE)Expense Ratio: 0.35%, or $35 annually per $10,000 investedThe financial services sector includes more than just banks, but for investors looking to focus on traditional banks, the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEARCA:KBE) is one of the best ETFs to consider.Home to 88 stocks, KBE provides "exposure to the bank segment of the S&P TMI, which comprises the following sub-industries: asset management & custody banks, diversified banks, regional banks, other diversified financial services and thrifts & mortgage finance sub-industries," according to State Street.KBE, which added $84.22 million in April (as of April 29), equally weights its components, a strategy that can lower single-stock risk. Familiar names among the fund's top 10 holdings include Citigroup (NYSE:C) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM). Both of those banks delivered first-quarter results that beat Wall Street estimates.Citigroup has been buying back its shares at a brisk pace and looking to cut costs -- two strategies that boosted the bank's first-quarter results. Global X MSCI China Financials ETF (CHIX) Expense Ratio: 0.65%Obviously, the Global X MSCI China Financials ETF (NYSEARCA:CHIX) is a play on Chinese banks, making it one of the best ETFs for investors looking to add some international diversification to U.S.-heavy financial services positions. CHIX is also one of this year's best ETFs in the financial services space with a year-to-date gain of just over 20%.China is the world's second-largest economy and stocks there are among this year's emerging markets leaders, explaining why CHIX is one of the best ETFs in the financial services segment. Bank stocks are integral parts of many traditional China funds, indicating that CHIX is a, somewhat overlooked, tell on what to expect from China ETFs over the near- to medium-term.Amid soaring first-quarter loan activity, China's major banks recently reported solid earnings. * 10 A-Rated Stocks the Smart Money Is Piling Into On April 29, "Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., Bank of China Ltd., China Construction Bank Corp. and Bank of Communications Co. posted higher net income. Including Agricultural Bank of China Ltd., which reported last week, rises at the big five clustered in a range from 4.1 percent to 4.9 percent," reports Bloomberg. iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (IAT)Expense Ratio: 0.43%Last year, regional bank stocks and funds sorely disappointed investors as the Federal Reserve boosted interest rates four times. As highlighted by the iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (NYSEARCA:IAT), which is up about 20% this year, the regional bank picture is brightening in 2019.The more sanguine interest rate outlook coupled with speculation of increased consolidation is among the factors making regional bank ETFs, such as IAT, some of this year's best ETFs. Currently, BB&T Corp. (NYSE:BBT) and SunTrust (NYSE:STI), IAT's third- and fourth-largest holdings, respectively, are discussing a merger, stoking speculation more regional bank consolidation is on the way.Regional banks are heavily dependent on strength in the broader U.S. economy. Robust economic activity combined with steady or declining interest rates, which can boost demand for mortgage loans, are among the factors investors need to consider with a fund such as IAT. Oppenheimer S&P Financials Revenue ETF (RWW)Expense Ratio: 0.45%Many traditional financial services ETFs, such as the aforementioned XLK, are cap-weighted and there are a few, such as KBE, that are equally weighted. The Oppenheimer S&P Financials Revenue ETF (NYSEARCA:RWW) is one of the best ETFs for investors looking for a different view on the financial services sector. Specifically, this ETF weights its components by revenue.Home to 69 stocks, RWW tracks the S&P 500 Financials Sector Revenue-Weighted Index. This year, it has been hard to argue with RWW's revenue-weighted methodology. The fund is one of the best ETFs in this category with a year-to-date gain of 18.44%."Revenue weighting offers diversified equity market exposure but, by weighting companies based on their revenue, rather than their stock price, it increases the strategy's exposure to attractively valued stocks compared to a market-cap-weighted index," according to Oppenheimer. * 7 Cheap ETFs for Novice Investors Due to the revenue weighting, RWW allocates more than 15% of its weight to one stock: Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B). iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF (EUFN)Expense Ratio: 0.48%The iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF (NASDAQ:EUFN) is one of the best ETFs for risk-tolerant investors seeking international financial services exposure. EUFN has been one of the best ETFs for tactical exposure to Europe this year, but it is also one of the most volatile Europe funds. EUFN has a three-year standard deviation of almost 18%, well above the comparable metric on standard developed markets funds.Investors in EUFN are compensated for the fund's volatility and other risks with a trailing 12-month dividend yield of just over 6%, but European bank earnings have not been nearly as good as what has been seen in the U.S. and China and some banks in Europe are not as financially sturdy as their U.S. counterparts."Unfortunately, many of European banks' woes are of their own making," reports Forbes. "A host of regulatory and legal fines and ongoing money laundering investigations of several banks do not bode well for European earnings."Bottom line: EUFN is not for the faint of heart, but it may be one of the best ETFs for bank investors with a big flair for risk.Todd Shriber owns shares of XLF. 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China ETFs are emerging markets leaders this year and within that group are some sector-level opportunities that delivering impressive returns. CHIX, which has nearly $110 million in assets under management, follows the MSCI China Financials 10/50 Index. The CHIX index “incorporates all eligible securities as per MSCI's Global Investable Market Index Methodology, including China A, B and H shares, Red chips, P chips and foreign listings, among others,” according to Global X.
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Despite the bout of market volatility, investors should not totally forsake investing in the markets and ETFs all together, but people should consider options to safely ride out the environment ahead. "I think you can't take your eye off the ball, and the ball is long-term investing," Jon Maier, SVP and Chief Investment Officer for Global X, said at the Charles Schwab IMPACT 2018 conference. After the year of volatility, there are a number of markets that have been battered and beaten down, which may be a buying opportunity for long-term investors to get in on the cheap.
As investors look for opportunities after the pullback, with some turning the emerging market countries like China, some may consider Chinese financial companies and related country-specific exchange traded funds for a more stable approach to the developing economy. According to State Street Global Advisors, cheap valuations and a government that can easily bail out pockets of China’s financial sector from instability makes the country’s bank stocks a buy, Bloomberg reports. Olivia Engel, chief investment officer of active quantitative equity at State Street Global Advisors, argued that Chinese banks provide return-on-equity levels as high as any other segment in the emerging markets.