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Emerging Market Asset Flow Rebounds: ETFs in Focus

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Emerging market equities seem to have gained some traction. The latest data from Bloomberg showed that emerging market ETFs experienced near $1 billion in net asset inflow last week ended October 9, driven mainly by movements in India, Mexico and Russia. This was a sharp rebound from the prior week ended October 2, when outflows from these funds more than doubled from the week-ago level (read: ETFs to Watch as Emerging Market Asset Outflow Doubles ).

Inflows into emerging-market ETFs totaled $936 million last week, more than offsetting the $828 million in outflows over the previous two weeks. Stock funds gathered $982.4 million in assets but bond funds exhaled $46.4 million. Notably, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index rose 6.9% last week, the fastest pace since the week ended December 2, 2011 (read: 4 Safe Ways to Invest in Emerging Market ETFs ).

Per Bloomberg, India witnessed the biggest inflow with collections of $150.9 million, compared with an outflow of $25.4 million in the prior week. Stock funds accumulated $151.7 million while bond funds moved out $0.8 million.

The huge inflow in Indian ETFs can be attributed to the Reserve Bank of India's move to cut its key interest rate by 50 basis points (bps) to 6.75% in a bid to boost economic activity as well as the IMF forecast of India retaining the world's fastest growing economy status. According to IMF, the Indian economy is expected to grow 7.3% in 2015, compared with 6.8% growth in China and 2.6% in the U.S.

Mexico experienced the second biggest inflow. Investors added $135.9 million to this country's ETFs last week, as compared to $35.3 million of redemptions in the previous week. Stock funds gained $141.4 million while bond funds fell $5.5 million in the week. Latin America's second biggest economy has been recovering from the oil price crash. Domestic strength, improving U.S. economy, decreasing unemployment rate and subdued inflation bode well for the Mexican economy.

Russia recorded the third biggest movement with $133.9 million in inflows. Stock funds added $135.7 million while bond funds saw an outflow of $1.7 million last week. The surge in Russian ETFs can be attributed to the rebound in oil price and stabilization of the ruble, raising hopes that the nation's economic situation may not deteriorate to the level apprehended.

Below we highlight four emerging market ETFs that have experienced significant net asset inflow in the week ended October 9 (see all Broad Emerging Market ETFs here).

Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Emerging Markets ETF ( GEM ) - $157.26 Million

This recently launched smart beta ETF tracks the Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Emerging Markets Equity Index, designed to generate returns by selecting equities based on four well-established attributes of performance - good value, strong momentum, high quality and low volatility. The fund has the highest exposure to Asia, ex-Japan (68%), followed by Europe, Middle East and Africa (18.3%) and Latin America (13.6%). About a quarter of the assets in its portfolio are tied to financial firms. The ETF has amassed roughly $184 million in its asset base while it trades in a volume of roughly 74,000 shares a day. It charges 45 bps in fees from investors per year (read: Can Goldman Dominate the Smart Beta ETF Industry? ).

Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF ( VWO ) - $139.29 Million

This is the top asset grossing emerging market ETF, which follows the market-cap weighted FTSE Emerging Index that measures the performance of roughly 850 large and mid-cap companies in 22 emerging markets. This fund is highly focused on China (26.6%), followed by Taiwan (14.1%) and India (12.7%). Sector-wise, about a quarter of its total assets are related to financial services firms. VWO has garnered nearly $38 billion in assets and trades in a heavy volume of roughly 16 million shares per day. It charges 15 bps in annual fees and carries a Zacks ETF Rank #3 (Hold) with a Medium risk outlook.

Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) ( RSX ) - $129.56 Million

This ETF tracks the Market Vectors Russia Index, providing exposure to publicly traded companies that are domiciled in Russia. The fund is heavily biased toward energy, followed by materials and financials. It has gathered around $2 billion in assets and trades in a hefty volume of nearly 12 million shares a day. It charges 63 bps in fees per year and carries a Zacks ETF Rank #4 (Sell) with a High risk outlook.

iShares MSCI India ( INDA ) - $119.14 Million

INDA follows the MSCI India Index, which measures the performance of equity securities of the top 85% of companies in the Indian securities market. The fund gives the highest weight to the information technology sector, followed by financials and healthcare. It has garnered $3.8 billion in assets and trades in a solid volume of 2 million shares per day. It charges 68 bps in investor fees and carries a Zacks ETF Rank #2 (Buy) with a High risk outlook.

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GS-ACTV BETA EM (GEM): ETF Research Reports

VANGD-FTSE EM (VWO): ETF Research Reports

MKT VEC-RUSSIA (RSX): ETF Research Reports

ISHARS-M INDIA (INDA): ETF Research Reports

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