Even as the U.S. markets enter another week of strong returns, the ETF market has been moving at a crawl in the new year. With launches trickling in since mid-January, the solid economic data being released from around the world seems to be overwhelmed by confusion in DC on how to manage the United States’s fiscal policy. Thankfully, with the question of taxation answered in early January, issuers are once again starting to ramp up developments on the product front as Deutsche Banks and Vanguard have both filed interesting proposals with the SEC [see ETF Database Launch Center].
German giant Deutsche Bank has filed for a new utilities equity ETFs that aspires to capture some of the expansion expected in emerging markets:
- MSCI Emerging Markets Currency-Hedged Equity Fund: This ETF will be based on the broader DBIQ Regulated Utility Index, which is designed to provide exposure to utilities equities in emerging markets while at the same time mitigating exposure to fluctuations between the value of the U.S. dollar and non-U.S. currencies. This will be the first sector fund to be launched under Deutsche Banks db-X brand, while others are being renamed to fit the new title [see How Balanced Is Your BRIC ETF].
- Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund: This ETN will add to an already massive collection of internationally focused ETPs from Vanguard. Using Barclays Global Aggregate ex-USD Float Adjusted RIC Capped Index the fund will tap into a universe of 7,000 high quality corporate and government bonds from 52 countries. This bond portfolio will also be available in a mutual fund wrapper allowing investors to choose between “Investor,” “Admiral” and “Institutional” share classes.
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