|Bid||52.50 x 42300|
|Ask||55.00 x 3200|
|Day's Range||53.30 - 53.73|
|52 Week Range||45.35 - 57.76|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.06|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.14%|
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.
2019 has thus far seen the reemergence of emerging markets, but while investors are sifting through the plethora of opportunities the EM space has to offer, it's wise to not overlook the high yield corner of the bond markets. "Investors that include emerging markets corporate bonds within their fixed income portfolio may gain exposure to favorable long-term growth trends in emerging markets," wrote Fran Rodilosso, Head of Fixed Income ETF Portfolio Management at Van Eck.
U.S. equities are bouncing back from their 2018 fourth-quarter doldrums, but the majority of capital is flowing into exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and buybacks, according to data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "The fund flows show you that, while we've had a solid recovery off the Dec. 24 lows, the participation rate — both institutionally and by retail investors — has not been there," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities. The highest institutional inflows into ETFs were primarily in every sector, except consumer staples, communication services and industrials.
Investors are looking for overseas opportunities in emerging markets (EM) as they have piled $86 billion thus far into EM stocks and bonds, according to data from the Institute of International Finance. The data also reflects investor behavior with regard to broad-market EM exposure within the ETF space. Emerging markets combined have netted $12.8 billion when looking at the top ten year-to-date inflows with the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) leading the pack--$4.8 billion in YTD inflows.
U.S. equities began the week with a bout volatility not seen in the capital markets since the fourth quarter of 2018 as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell as much 400 points during Monday's trading session before settling for a 200-point loss at the close. It's the type of market movements that could induce motion sickness to any investor, according to ETF Trends CEO Tom Lydon. "I think we've all finished our allocation of Dramamine for sure," said Lydon.
After a breakout start to the new year, emerging market ETFs are seeing flows slow down with investors calming down from the initial optimism over a quick resolution to trade talks and rebound in global growth. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) and iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) were among the most popular ETF plays so far this year, attracting $2.5 billion and $5.0 billion in net inflows, respectively, according to ETFdb data. Major asset managers and investment banks like JPMorgan, Citi and BlueBay Asset Management, among others, have been piling into the emerging markets in recent weeks.
Ongoing U.S.-China trade negotiations and geopolitical tensions are putting emerging markets in a state of unease as evidenced in the broad-based iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) and iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) , which both fell as much as 1 percent on Thursday. EM investors have been feeding off news that U.S. President Donald Trump is open to extending the 90-day trade truce that is set to expire on Friday. The softened stance by President Trump didn’t necessarily surprise investors, but rather confirmed their notions.
After a rocky end to 2018, U.S. equities are smooth sailing through 2019 thus far with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 11.71 percent year-to-date, while the S&P 500 is up 11.45 percent and the Nasdaq Composite is 13.78 percent higher. This, however, doesn't mean investors should let their guard down and catch one on the chin if a sharp draw-down were to occur. Emerging markets investors have been feeding off the latest U.S.-China trade negotiation news, especially now that U.S. President Donald Trump is open to extending the 90-day trade truce that is set to expire on March 2.
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