|Bid||0.00 x 36200|
|Ask||41.13 x 4000|
|Day's Range||40.25 - 40.63|
|52 Week Range||37.58 - 47.15|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.09|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.67%|
Though markets rallied probably on the undervalued status and a still-steady US economy, rising recessionary fears and full-scale trade war risks should brighten the appeal of safer ETFs.
The U.S.-China trade impasse might be adding a heavier dosage of volatility that investors may not be used to since the start of 2019, but it is making emerging markets (EM) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) an even more attractive option given their relative discounts to broader indexes like the S&P 500. While most investors might have been driven away by the red prices in emerging markets (EM) during much of 2018, savvy investors who were quick to see the opportunity viewed EM as a substantial markdown. From a fundamental standpoint, low price-to-earnings ratios in emerging markets ETFs have made them prime value plays as capital inflows continue in 2019.
Despite U.S. stocks trading dramatically lower on Monday as the ongoing trade war between the world’s largest economies heats up, it may be good news for investors looking to get into emerging markets who missed the boat previously. As ETF Trends CEO Tom Lydon explained on CNBC's Power Lunch on Monday, "Individual investors are way under-allocated overseas, especially emerging markets, and emerging market PE ratios are almost half off what the S&P is. With the Federal Reserve looking like it will hold off on raising interest rates this year and some emerging markets currencies rebounding, emerging markets debt exchange traded funds (ETFs), including the ProShares Short Term USD Emerging Market Bond ETF (CBOE:EMSH), could be solid ideas for income investors looking for some international diversification.
Investors don’t need to be reminded of the risks of emerging market stocks. In the past 10 years, the SPDR S&P 500 exchange traded fund (SPY) which mirrors the benchmark S&P 500 Index (SPX) of the largest U.S. stocks, has produced total gains of 290%. Vanguard’s FTSE Emerging Markets exchange traded fund (VWO) over the same period: 80%.
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While most investors might have been driven away by the red prices in emerging markets (EM) during much of 2018, savvy investors who were quick to see the opportunity viewed EM as a substantial markdown. From a fundamental standpoint, low price-to-earnings ratios in emerging markets ETFs have made them prime value plays as capital inflows continue in 2019. Ongoing U.S.-China trade negotiations and geopolitical tensions put emerging markets in a state of unease in 2018, but investors can now look to their resurgence through other broad-exposure ETFs like the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) or iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) .
Emerging markets exchange-traded funds have no doubt made a comeback in 2019 with headliner funds in the space like the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) up over 12 percent. This renewed ...
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The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:EEM) turned 16 years old earlier this month, underscoring the fund's lengthy run as one of the preeminent emerging markets exchange traded funds (ETFs) listed in the U.S. For years, the EEM ETF was widely viewed as the premier emerging markets ETF available to U.S. investors, but that has changed.Source: Shutterstock While actively managed mutual funds had long made international stocks accessible to U.S. investors, those funds often did so with high fees and sub-par long-term performance.EEM flipped that script by providing exposure to a slew of fast-growing developing economies under the umbrella of a single, passively managed ETF that, by the standards of 2003 when EEM debuted, was attractively priced.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside EEM ETF: A Brief BackstoryAs an early player EEM had a sizable head start on many rival emerging markets ETFs. EEM has enjoyed some other advantages over its lifetime. The fund tracks the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, easily the world's most widely observed gauge of emerging markets equities.As the ETF industry has grown, so has the importance of brand recognition. As the world's largest ETF sponsor, BlackRock Inc.'s (NYSE:BLK) iShares has brand awareness in the ETF realm that is comparable to an Apple or Coca-Cola in the non-investment world. Said another way, the combination of EEM being an iShares fund and tracking the venerable MSCI Emerging Markets Index coupled with its first-mover advantage speak to EEM having enjoyed significant marketing advantages over the course of its lifespan. EEM ETF: Still Royalty, but Not KingAs of April 17, EEM had nearly $36 billion in assets under management, still good for one of the largest totals among diversified emerging markets ETFs, but nowhere close to being the largest emerging markets ETF.In terms of sheer heft, EEM has been usurped by the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO) and the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:IEMG). VWO and IEMG have $66 billion and $61.40 billion, respectively, in assets under management.The primary reason EEM long ago ceded the top spot among emerging markets ETFs is its annual fee. EEM charges 0.67% per year, or $67 on a $10,000 investment. Back in the early days of the ETF business, that was an attractive fee for an emerging markets fund. These days, not so much. VWO charges just 0.12% per year while IEMG charges 0.14%.Rather than lower EEM's fee to compete with VWO, BlackRock introduced IEMG in October 2012 as a cost-effective alternative to EEM for fee-conscious advisors and buy-and-hold investors. The strategy clearly worked as IEMG is not even seven years old and today is the second-largest emerging markets ETF in the U.S.None of this means EEM is not useful. Quite the contrary. For professional investors looking for short- to medium-term exposure to emerging markets, EEM is the go-to ETF. The fund is one of the most heavily traded international ETFs in the U.S., is highly liquid, features tight bid/ask spreads and functions as the premier price discovery method for U.S. traders because the major geographic exposures in EEM are closed when U.S. financial markets are open. Bottom Line on the EEM ETFChanges are looming for EEM. Earlier this year, MSCI announced plans to increase the weight of China A-shares, the stocks trading on mainland China, in its international indexes. That means EEM's already sizable weight to China (currently just over 33%) will increase.Additionally, Argentina and Saudi Arabia will be joining the MSCI Emerging Markets Index later this year. In the case of Saudi Arabia, stocks from that country are expected to garner 2.60% of the index, meaning EEM's weight to that country will be roughly the same as what the fund devotes to Mexican stocks.Going forward, EEM is likely to remain the preferred emerging markets fund for institutional investors and other pros, but for regular investors, lower fee options, such as IEMG and VWO, are more appropriate than EEM.Todd Shriber owns shares of VWO. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside * 7 Companies That Are Closing the CEO-Worker Wage Gap * 7 Video Game ETFs That Will Make You a Winner Compare Brokers The post Most Investors Can Do a Lot Better Than Buying the EEM ETF appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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The iShares MSCI Saudi Arabia ETF (KSA) rose 0.75 percent on Wednesday and with good reason--index provider MSCI plans to add more Saudi Arabia stocks to its indexes--namely the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and MSCI All Country World Index. This will help diversify the emerging markets index, which currently has a large tilt towards China and South Korea. After the inclusion of Saudi Arabia stocks, the total allocation towards the country will be at 2.6 percent.
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The increased inclusion of China A-shares, Saudi Arabia's newfound acceptance, and South Korea's dual identity are driving some notable changes to index-tracking emerging-markets funds. China's ascendance in emerging-markets stock indexes over the past decade is indisputable. In March 2009, the country represented 12% of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.
For exchange-traded fund (ETF) investors, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) has been a dietary staple for many years. After posting $4.1 billion of outflows during the first quarter, SPY, the largest ETF that tracks the S&P 500, attracted more than $5.3 billion of inflows to start the second quarter. "It's the bellwether of all ETFs," said ETF Trends CEO Tom Lydon. "Because it's the biggest, the spreads between the bid and the ask are really, really tight," said Lydon.
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To help investors keep up with the markets, we present our ETF Scorecard. The Scorecard takes a step back and looks at how various asset classes across the globe are performing. The weekly performance is from last Friday’s open to this week’s Thursday close.
Exchange-traded funds can be a useful tool for smoothing out the volatile gyrations of the stocks market by allowing you to buy into baskets of stocks, rather than betting on a single name. The converse of that, however, is that it's a lot harder to pick an ETF that will be a runaway success. Just by their nature, the Best ETFs for 2019 contest entries have to work harder than their counterparts over in the Best Stocks contest to really stand out.And so far, these ETFs are up to the challenge. While none of them have doubled anyone's money, many have outperformed S&P 500 funds, such as the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:VOO) and the top three funds so far have been battling for supremacy for the better part of the quarter.Will these funds stay in the lead or will something else come up to challenge them? With a number of uncertain headline risks, it's almost impossible to guess for certain. All we can say for certain is that no matter what the markets -- and the headlines -- decide to do, there's probably at least one fund that can benefit big-time.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 15 Stocks to Buy Leading the Financial Charge Here, in ascending order of year-to-date gains through the end of March, are this year Best ETFs contestants. Best ETFs for 2019: SPDR Gold Trust (GLD)Investor: Kent Thune Expense Ratio: 0.4% Year-to-Date Gains Through Q1: 1%It's not surprising that the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:GLD) is lagging the rest of the field. Gold is traditionally thought of as a safe-haven commodity, and with the markets going gangbusters, many investors haven't felt as strong a need to dip into safety as they might have in, say, the end of 2018. The ETF did have a pretty nice run into February, but has pretty much been treading water since then.But there's still a shine on this ETF -- a shine that could get brighter if the outlook for the regular stocks gets a little dimmer. "Although there is no recession in sight in 2019, investors will soon begin to structure their portfolios for 2020," wrote Thune. "This is because the stock market is a forward-looking, discounting mechanism, that tends to reflect the collective expectations of investors three to six months in advance."So if the markets start to waver, look for the GLD ETF to make a comeback in the Best ETFs contest.Read more about the GLD ETF from Thune here. iShares US Helathcare Providers ETF (IHF)Investor: Todd Shriber Expense Ratio: 0.43% YTD Gains: 2%The iShares U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF (NYSEARCA:IHF) has been looking sickly compared to most of the field so far. This isn't solely at the feet of the constituent stocks, however. The XLV ETF suffered from a severe case of political headlines. On the one hand, there's still plenty of talk about overpriced prescription medication, raising worries about the reliability of future revenues. And on the other, the Affordable Care Act has been under fire again, and there are a lot of questions about what the future of healthcare in the United States even looks like at this point.All this is making things difficult for the XLV ETF. As Shriber put it, "Muddying the waters for stocks like UnitedHealth and funds such as IHF is talk among some analysts that although Wall Street does not expect Medicare For All to happen, investors should not expect a snapback rally in managed care stocks once it becomes apparent that single-payer healthcare will not take hold in the U.S." * 7 Breakout Stocks to Watch in 2019 A little stability could go a long way to helping this fund get back in the race again.Read more about the IHF ETF from Shriber here. iShares Mexico MSCI ETF (EWW)Investor: Ian Bezek Expense Ratio: 0.49% YTD Gains: 6%The iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF(NYSEARCA:EWW) may be lagging most of the field, and rumors of President Donald Trump perhaps closing the U.S./Mexico border could cause some serious pain, but investors should not despair just yet.There are some tailwinds that should help lift the EWW. As Bezek wrote, "Despite political rumors that drove Mexican shares down sharply last year, its government and the Trump administration continue fostering closer relations. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve's easier monetary policy is likely to help boost all-important industrial production in Mexico."Can it catch up? We're only one quarter through 2019, and it's not like the fund is negative on the year. If politics don't hamstring it, a turnaround is completely possible for the EWW ETF.Read more about the EWW ETF from Bezek here. Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF)Investor: Dana Blankenhorn Expense Ratio: 0.13% YTD Gains: 8%The Financial Sector Spider ETF (NYSEARCA:XLF) hasn't had a resoundingly positive start to the year. All the fears about a yield inversion have investors skirting around bank stocks, and deflation and banking disruption certainly haven't helped."The weight of deflation on the global economy is increasing, not decreasing," wrote Blankenhorn. "This directly impacts banking as fintech replaces traditional banking functions. Technology is lowering the cost of processing transactions and of evaluating and servicing loans and insurance policies. Fintech companies are bidding to replace banks entirely." * 5 Cheap Small-Cap Stocks to Buy Banking stocks are not out of it yet, but the current climate is not too kind to them -- and those bank stocks make up over 40% of the fund's holdings.Read more about the XLF ETF from Blankenhorn here. iShares Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)Investor: Jim Woods Expense Ratio: 0.14% YTD Gains: 10%This entry and the following one in the Best ETFs contest both focus on the same segment of the market -- emerging markets. And the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF's (NYSEARCA:IEMG) Q1 gain was frustrating, but not terrible."That said," Woods wrote, "we must realize that Q1 performance in stocks was highly atypical, not just from a straight-up numbers standpoint, but also because the drivers that sent stocks soaring nearly across the board aren't likely to be duplicated during Q2."Even if earnings stay good for the rest of 2019, it's just going to be hard for stocks to continue making the sort of torrid gains during the rest of the year that they have in the first quarter. In the meantime, if the dollar's strength backs off, that will benefit companies in other countries.Read more about the IEMG ETF from Woods here. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM)Investor: Readers' Choice Expense Ratio: 0.69% YTD Gains: 10%Given all the headwinds that the trade war between China and the United States has put on the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:EEM), it's not wholly surprising that it hasn't quite matched the performance of the SPY. However, given that those headwinds haven't yet KO-ed the EEM ETF, just imagine how well it could take off if those headwinds were to ease off.As I recently wrote, there are other positives on the horizon. "Second, MSCI has decided to increase the weighting of Chinese stocks among its indexes. While the goal of a 3.3% share of the indexes doesn't sound that big, remember that's four times the current level. And MSCI isn't the only one boosting investors' access to these securities: the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index will also be including Chinese companies starting next month." * 5 Cannabis Stocks Set to Skyrocket -- According to Wall Street's Top Analysts It's not a leader yet, but the EEM ETF is hanging in there with the Best ETFs for 2019 front-runners so far.Read more about the EEM ETF here. iShares US Home Construction ETF (ITB)Investor: Vince Martin Expense Ratio: 0.43% YTD Gains: 18%As the United States economy continues cruising along, the iShares Dow Jones US Home Const. ETF (BATS:ITB), which focuses on home construction companies as the name implies, has been cruising as well. Not as well as the Best ETFs contest frontrunners, so far, but the year is still young.The factors that have led to ITB performing well so far this year, however, have maybe been a little surprising to some investors. As Martin put it, "The case for ITB was that even if new home sales stayed soft, a strong economy would lift renovation and remodeling spending. Yet it has been ITB's exposure to new construction, not R&R, that has driven a majority of its gains so far."So imagine how the ITB ETF could do if the remodeling and renovation dollars start flowing in as well. It has stayed within striking distance of the leaders, and a little boost may be all it needs.Read more about the ITB ETF from Martin here. Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic ETF (BOTZ)Investor: Tom Taulli Expense Ratio: 0.68% YTD Gains: 20%The Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic ETF (NASDAQ:BOTZ) has been full of winners so far this year -- in fact, as of March 25, only two of the fund's 37 holdings were in the red for 2019 thus far. But the real attraction here is the long growth runway that lies ahead of the BOTZ ETF.According to Taulli, "When it comes to AI and robotics, I think there should be a long-term focus. The fact is that these industries are quite volatile and highly competitive, with huge players like Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)." * The Elite 8 Stocks to Buy for Massive Outperformance That means that investors should hold on tight because the 2019 ride could be bumpy. But the growth drivers that are powering the fund aren't going away, and the potential for big volatility also means the potential for big gains. The BOTZ ETF is going to be one to watch as the contest continues.Read more about the BOTZ ETF from Taulli here. Invesco Water Resources ETF (PHO)Source: Shutterstock Investor: James Brumley Expense Ratio: 0.62% YTD Gains: 21%Water is vital to our lives in a fundamental way, and the Powershares Water Resource Portfolio (NASDAQ:PHO) allows investors to invest in that -- and reap rewards of 20% in just three months.But while the first quarter results were great, what's even better is that it looks like they may be able to continue "The performance of the Powershares Water Resource Portfolio isn't the most compelling aspect of PHO stock here, however. It's that the fund's constituents have been so uniformly bullish of late after a couple clunkers took a big toll on last year's bottom line."As we move toward a world where the companies that the PHO ETF holds will be in greater and greater demand, hopefully it will see more and more growth through the rest of the Best ETFs of 2019 contest.Read more about the PHO ETF from Brumley here. Pacer Benchmark Data & Infrastructure Real Estate ETF (SRVR)Investor: Robert Waldo Expense Ratio: 0.6% YTD Gains: 21%After the first quarter, the Pacer Benchmark Data & Infrastructure Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:SRVR) has taken the top spot. It was a fight, but the tech sector -- and specifically, the growing tailwind of 5G's approach -- gave SRVR the edge.You probably know 5G as the next step in data speed. According to Waldo, "To get an idea of how fast 5G is compared to 4G LTE, consider that 4G LTE's top speed is 1GB per second, while 5G will have a top speed of 20 GB per second -- a 2,000% increase!"With our increasingly connected word, this boost in speed is going to change a lot in the coming years. But if you're not sold on all of the individual companies that are looking ahead to 5G, don't worry. The SRVR ETF isn't really a play on 5G in that way.As Waldo put it, "But as hype-worthy of a trend as 5G may be, that's not all that SRVR has going for it. In fact, part of my decision to pick this fund for our best ETFs contest was that it's a real estate investment trust (REIT) ETF. This means its holdings own data centers and fiber that are vital to the 5G rollout, but are also necessary for all of our current, general tech-related luxuries like the cloud." * 15 Stocks to Buy Leading the Financial Charge So SRVR took the top spot, and seems well positioned to try to defend it for the rest of 2019.Read more about the SRVR ETF from Waldo here.Jessica Loder is an assistant editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing, she did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.Compare Brokers The post 10 Best ETFs for 2019: A Close Race at the Front appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Editor's note: This article is a part of InvestorPlace.com's Best ETFs for 2019 contest. The reader's choice pick is the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:EEM).Despite fears of a global economic slowdown, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:EEM) seems to be doing all right for itself so far in 2019. Up 10% so far in the first quarter, this emerging markets fund has been hanging with the pack despite all the trade uncertainty.The general positive vibes in the overall market are certainly not hurting anything. However, one of the positives for EEM stock in particular has to do with its 32.4% exposure to Chinese stocks. After a terrible drubbing for many Chinese stocks in 2018, spurred largely by the trade war between China and the United States, things are looking up for these companies in 2019.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Reasons to Like EEM StockFirst, hope continues to spring eternal for an end to the trade war. The beaten-down Chinese stocks were just too good a bargain to pass up for some investors, who anticipate a return to form once trade returns to normal. * 10 Tech Stocks That Transformed Their Business Second, MSCI has decided to increase the weighting of Chinese stocks among its indexes. While the goal of a 3.3% share of the indexes doesn't sound that big, remember that's four times the current level. And MSCI isn't the only one boosting investors' access to these securities: the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index will also be including Chinese companies starting next month.But of course, China isn't the only area from which EEM stock draws. It is simply the largest. Another third of the index comes from Taiwan, India and Korea, so this fund isn't totally under the thumb of problems that may hit China specifically.And while you're looking toward the future and hoping that global news boosts this fund, you can also enjoy a bit of income for your trouble. EEM currently has a 12-month trailing yield of 2.1%. Nothing like getting paid while you wait for the leadership of two economic powerhouses to sort themselves out. The Bottom Line for EEMIs EEM going to take the top spot in 2019's Best ETFs contest? I think it's possible. The fund has been hanging around in the top five for most of the first quarter, battling with the likes of Pacer Benchmark Data & Infrastructure Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:SRVR) and Powershares Water Resource Portfolio (NASDAQ:PHO). But as outlined above, there are some potentially huge tailwinds that could be just over the horizon.Only time will tell, but thus far the readers' choice looks like a smart one.As of this writing, Jessica Loder did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 8 Genomic Testing Stocks That Can Ease the Sting of Theranos * 4 Pot Stocks That Could Be Fizzling Out * 7 Mid-Cap Growth Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon or Netflix Compare Brokers The post Best ETFs for 2019: The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF Forges Onward appeared first on InvestorPlace.