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This ETF offers exposure to emerging market economies, standing out as a potential alternative to cap-weighted products such as EEM or VWO. Instead of simply including the largest emerging market stocks, PIE screens potential components based on relative strength factors, selecting approximately 100 securities. For investors who buy into the investment thesis behind the relative strength strategy, PIE might make for a better way to access emerging economies. The methodology may also be appealing because it avoids the concentration issues that can plague cap-weighted products; though PIE has only 100 or so components, exposure is spread very evenly across the names that make up the portfolio. It's also likely to have a bigger allocation to small caps and mid caps, while EEM and VWO are primarily comprised of large cap stocks. The biggest drawback of PIE is the expenses; the management fee is considerably higher than low cost options such as VWO, and the potentially higher turnover may lead to less-than-optimal tax efficiency. If you buy the relative strength methodology, PIE might be very attractive. Otherwise, there are a number of alternatives, including the equal-weighted EWEM or the RAFI-weighted PXH.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for PIE on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Emerging Markets Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb.com Category.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Charles Schwab)
There are 36 other ETFs in the Emerging Markets Equities ETFdb.com Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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