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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.
Achieving the financial freedom to retire early is a dream for many. And making that dream a reality isn???t as impossible as it sounds. The secret is simple: Save a lot more each month. Sounds easy, right? Not so fast.
Now that tax season is in the rearview mirror, investors can get back to contributing to their retirement portfolios, including individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Good news for investors: IRA contribution limits are moving up.Investors under 50 years old can now contribute up to $6,000 per year to traditional and Roth IRAs while individuals 50 years old and older can add another $1,000 to that figure, according to the IRS.For investors that enjoy building their retirement portfolios themselves, ETFs are among the ideal vehicles for use in tax-advantaged accounts, such as IRAs. As has been widely noted, many of the best ETFs are also inexpensive, providing a significant benefit to long-term investors.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsMany of the best retirement ETFs for consideration in IRAs should be cheap funds because high fees can erode long-term total returns. Additionally, ETFs help investors efficiently access an array of asset classes, helping bolster portfolio diversification. * The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for May Here are some of the best retirement ETFs to consider if you're looking to make additions to your IRAs. SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.35% per year, or $35 on a $10,000 investment.Some of the best retirement ETFs are dividend funds. The SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:SDY), one of the largest U.S. dividend ETFs, is a solid place to start, particularly for dividend investors looking for steadily rising payouts. The $19.77 billion SDY tracks the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index, which requires member firms to have minimum dividend increase streaks of 20 years.There are plenty of dividend-paying stocks in the U.S. and many of the best ETFs hold those stocks, but requiring two decades of higher payouts helps investors identify the cream of the dividend crop. As such, SDY is home to just 111 stocks. For long-term investors, dividends are an integral part of their outcomes."Over the past 30 years, dividends from S&P 500 stocks have, on average, contributed exactly half of the index's total return on an annual basis," according to State Street research. "While price returns of equities can fluctuate year over year, dividends tend to be more stable, consistently offering a positive contribution to total return each year."SDY, which yields 2.39%, allocates nearly 34% of its combined weight to the industrial and financial services sectors. iShares Edge MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.15%The quality factor makes a lot of sense for investors of all skill levels, but with this current bull market aging by the day, novice investors, in particular, may want to consider quality stocks. The iShares Edge MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (CBOE:QUAL) is one of the best ETFs for accessing a broad basket of domestic stocks with the quality designation.The $11.30 billion QUAL, which holds 125 stocks, defines quality with the following metrics: return on equity, earnings variability and debt-to-equity. Long-term performance data indicate that the quality factor not only provides substantial upside capture in bull markets, but reduces some of the downside often experienced in bear markets. * 5 Stocks to Sell in May Before Investors Go Away "Quality strategies seek enhanced returns versus the market through exposure to profitable companies with less debt and more stable earnings," according to BlackRock. "Since the Quality factor has historically delivered more upside capture with less downside resilience, it may be more appropriate for risk-aware, return seeking investors." Xtrackers USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYLB)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.15%Bonds are an important part of the retirement asset class mix and fixed income funds are among the best ETFs for consideration in IRAs. Conventional wisdom dictates that older investors may want to shy away from riskier fixed income investments, but younger investors with the luxury of more time can consider high-yield corporate debt. For cost-conscious investors, the Xtrackers USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:HYLB) is one of the best ETFs in the junk bond space to consider.HYLB, which tracks the Solactive USD High Yield Corporates Total Market Index, debuted in late 2016 with an expense ratio 0.15%. Proving the usefulness of low fees, HYLB is now home to more than $2.8 billion in assets under management and has forced some rivals to cut fees on junk bond ETFs or create comparably-priced funds.HYLB holds over 1,000 bonds and has a yield to worst of 6%. Over 90% of the fund's holdings are rated BB or B, but it does have a 6% weight to speculative CCC-rated debt. Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF (VEA)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.05%Some of the best ETFs for IRAs are international equity funds, something investors should remember because many are often over-allocated to domestic equities. Fortunately, some of the best ETFs for international exposure are also some of the cheapest. That includes the Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VEA).In fact, VEA's already modest fee was recently pared to 0.05% from 0.07%. Home to $72.52 billion in assets under management, VEA is not just the largest international ETF trading in the U.S., it is the sixth-largest ETF of any variety. This is also one of the best ETFs for investors looking for a big basket of stocks as VEA is home nearly 4,000 holdings. * Mother's Day 2019: 10 High-Tech Gifts Your Mom Will Love Japan and the U.K. combine for almost 37% of VEA's geographic exposure while Canada and France combine for 17.10%. Over the past three years, VEA has modestly outpaced the MSCI EAFE Index with slightly less volatility. iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.14%Keeping with the theme of international equity exposure, emerging markets funds are among the best ETFs for risk-tolerant retirement planners and younger investors with lengthy time horizons. The iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:IEMG) confirms that some of the best ETFs in the emerging markets space are also inexpensive.In terms of superficial superlatives, IEMG is the second-largest emerging markets ETF trading in the U.S. and one of the least expensive. IEMG targets the MSCI Emerging Markets Investable Market Index and has been one of the top ETFs in terms of new assets added over the past several years.IEMG holds over 2,200 stocks and its three-year standard deviation of just under 13% is palatable for many investors. Making emerging markets solid ideas for long-term investors are the depressed valuations seen in many of developing economies coupled with still robust economic growth expectations.More than 15 countries are represented in IEMG, but China is the dominant geographic exposure at 30.74%, a percentage that is likely to increase later this year when MSCI adds more Chinese A-shares to its international indexes.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for May * 5 Elephant-Sized Companies Warren Buffett Could Buy * 7 Cheap ETFs for Novice Investors Compare Brokers The post 5 of the Best Retirement ETFs for Your IRA appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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) .
The iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) , the second-largest emerging markets exchange traded fund (ETF), is up 11.56% year-to-date and some market observers believe emerging markets equities can continue delivering upside for investors as 2019 moves along. IEMG tracks the cap-weighted MSCI Emerging Markets Investable Market Index and holds over 2,200 stocks. IEMG debuted in October 2012 as part of the iShares lineup of core ETFs targeted at cost-conscious buy-and-hold investors.
iShares, the world's largest issuer of exchange traded funds, late in 2012 created a suite of so-called core products aimed at buy-and-hold investors. One of the funds included in that group was the iShares ...
The fee wars that have long permeated the exchange traded funds industry and issuers’ efforts to bring low-cost funds to investors extends to international ETFs. These days, several emerging markets ETF ...
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.
The emerging-markets universe is more dynamic than developed markets like the United States. Thus, a low-cost index fund like iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF IEMG can be a great option. IEMG tracks the MSCI Emerging Markets Investable Market Index, which includes stocks of all sizes from 24 emerging-markets countries.
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.
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.
Editor's note: This article is part of InvestorPlace.com's Best ETFs for 2019 contest. Jim Woods' pick for the contest is the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:IEMG).No matter where you looked during the first quarter, you were likely to find some very strong equity performance. That's true for stocks in the emerging market space as well, as my Best ETFs contest selection of the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:IEMG), my preferred ETF for exposure to the emerging markets, logged a gain of nearly 10% in Q1.Now, while that gain is fantastic, given the mighty quarter we saw in broad-based domestic and international stocks, the near double-digit percentage move in IEMG seems somewhat tame by comparison.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn what was the best quarter for stocks in nearly a decade, the major domestic and world indexes saw a big move that eclipsed the strong gains in emerging-market equities. The chart below shows the upward trajectory of IEMG, the S&P 500 and the Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund ETF Shares (NYSEARCA:VT).I always find it frustrating when you get a big gain in a sector ETF or a stock, only to realize that simply owning a vanilla S&P 500 fund would have given you better performance. That said, 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. * The Elite 8 Stocks to Buy for Massive Outperformance An about-face by the Federal Reserve on rate hikes, and the announced end to "Quantitative Tightening" by September, helped fuel the Q1 buying, but the Fed factor is largely priced into stocks here. Then we had a not-as-bad-as-feared Q4 earnings season, and that helped markets move higher. However, if we don't see real, robust earnings in Q1, it's hard to see domestic stocks trending higher at the pace they did through the first three months of 2019.I remain bullish on emerging markets, as I suspect the recent bout of U.S. dollar strength, created chiefly by lower bond yields and geopolitical angst (particularly in Europe due to Brexit), will subside. That should cause the dollar to back off a bit, and that will be good for commodities -- and by extension, emerging market economies that are often commodity-based.The bottom line is the IEMG ETF has performed well so far in 2019, and I expect that performance to accelerate in the second quarter.At the time of this writing, Jim Woods was long IEMG in his Successful Investing portfolio. 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 Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF Looks Ahead appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Strength in U.S. equities is translating to strength abroad as emerging markets (EM) are gaining in 2019 after a 2018 to forget. Core EM exchange-traded funds (ETFs) like the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Index Fund ETF Shares (VWO) is up 9.24 percent year-to-date after a 14.77 percent decline in 2018. "Emerging markets have been unloved for the past five years," said ETF Trends CEO Tom Lydon during an appearance on CNBC with Bob Pisani.
Despite one of the best starts to the new year, stock ETF investors may not be as enthusiastic as they use to be with heightened risks in an aging bull market. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a $10 billion wipeout in the market's over the past week compounded the worst start to a year for equity flows since 2008, Reuters reports. BAML analysts pointed out that just over $60 billion has been pulled out of equities this year and almost $80 billion has flowed out of developed markets.