Where Does Hong Kong’s ETF Go From Here?

By tlydon@globaltrend.com (Tom Lydon),

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Asia seems to have recovered from the global financial crisis well, and Hong Kong is no exception. Its exchange traded fund ( ETF ) has held up nicely, but remains off its pre-crisis highs and has leveled off in recent months. Whether Hong Kong can continue to grow remains to be seen.

Sophie Leung of Bloomberg reports that Hong Kong's exports rose 26.7% from June of last year, trumping the median estimate of 22.8%. This comes on the back of a 24.4% gain in May.

For June, shipments came in at $34.4 billion, showing that countries in Asia are experiencing a robust recovery. Shipments to Asia grew 27.4% from a year earlier. [ Indonesia ETF: Ahead of the Pack. ]

Some think, however, that growth will be moderated as European governments try to reduce their debt. In addition, "the gradual end of post-crisis restocking by businesses," as well as monetary tightening in countries such as India and Brazil may dampen growth. [ 10 Steps to a Global ETF Portfolio. ]

Along with growing exports, a recent sale of a rare luxury residential site in Hong Kong has also reflected a robust economy. According to Joyce Li of The Wall Street Journal , the site- located in Hong Kong's upmarket Peak district- was sold at a government auction for $1.34 billion.

The auction marked the fourth in the fiscal year ending March 2011. Last month, a site at Ho Man Tin was sold for HK$10.9.

Analysts expect the real estate sector to remain robust through mid-2011, "supported by a slew of government land auctions and strong demand for new property launches." [ Hong Kong ETF Better, But Risks Exist. ]

On the tourism frontier, Hong Kong remains a big attraction to foreigners and mainlanders. But a recent video of a tour guide aggressively imploring her clients to buy more merchandise has not helped the industry, reports Sonya Bryskine of the Epoch Times .

If the matter isn't contained, tourists may end up at other destinations such as Taiwan and Australia.

For more stories on Hong Kong, visit our Hong Kong category .

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Sumin Kim contributed to this article.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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