EEM
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF

Price: $37.95
Change: $0.31 (0.01%)
Last Updated:

Vitals

Brand iShares
Structure ETF
Expense Ratio 0.68%
ETF Home Page Home page
Inception Apr 07, 2003

Analyst Report

EEM is one of the most popular ETFs in the world, and is one of the oldest products on the market offering exposure to stock markets of emerging economies. Given this objective, EEM can be used in a number of different ways; this ETF can be equally useful as a short-term trade to increase exposure to risky assets or as a core holding in a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio. EEM certainly qualifies as a portfolio “building block” given the importance of the asset class covered, but it also has some noteworthy flaws.


In terms of the exposure offered, there is a lot to like about EEM; the underlying portfolio includes hundreds of stocks from dozens of different emerging markets. Though there are some significant allocations to certain sectors, EEM is generally very well balanced. It should be noted that EEM consists almost entirely of large cap stocks; those looking to round out emerging markets exposure should like funds such as EEMS and EWX as complementary positions.


The biggest drawback is the significant expense ratio; EEM is considerably more expensive than VWO, a Vanguard fund that is linked to the exact same index. That means that this ETF is destined to lag behind that alternative in terms of bottom line performance. It should be noted, however, that EEM has a very active options market. So while VWO is generally a better choice for buy-and-holders, this iShares fund can be useful for those looking to implement more advanced strategies that include options.


There are a number of alternatives to both EEM and VWO. An equal-weighted fund from Rydex (EWEM) includes the same holdings as VWO but assigns an equivalent weight to each, making it potentially appealing for those seeking to avoid cap-weighted methodologies. WisdomTree’s dividend-weighted DEM is another option for those who prefer alternative weightings strategies, as is PXH from PowerShares.

ETF Database Themes

Asset Class Equity
Asset Class Size Large-Cap
Asset Class Style Blend
Region (General) Emerging Markets
Region (Specific) Broad

FactSet Classifications

Segment Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market
Category Size and Style
Focus Total Market
Niche Broad-based
Strategy Vanilla
Weighting Scheme Market Cap

Trading Data

Open - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • Open
  • Volume
  • Day Lo
  • Day Hi
  • 52 Week Lo $33.49
  • 52 Week Hi $50.46
  • AUM $21,712.2 M
  • Shares 578.3 M

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume 45,519,536
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume 42,946,724

Alternative ETFs in the ETF Database Emerging Markets Equities Category

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest VWO 0.08% $66.7 B 15 M -19.43%
Largest (AUM) VWO 0.08% $66.7 B 15 M -19.43%
Most Liquid (Volume) IEMG 0.09% $62.1 B 17 M -21.07%
Top YTD Performer TUR 0.57% $345.8 M 277,430 79.80%

Alternative ETFs in the FactSet Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market Segment

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest VWO 0.08% $66.7 B 15 M -19.43%
Largest (AUM) VWO 0.08% $66.7 B 15 M -19.43%
Most Liquid (Volume) IEMG 0.09% $62.1 B 17 M -21.07%
Top YTD Performer EELV 0.29% $984.8 M 356,612 -6.05%

Top 15 Holdings

Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to its peers.

Holdings Comparison

EEM ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Number of Holdings 1236 519 807
% of Assets in Top 10 22.67% 34.33% 29.65%
% of Assets in Top 15 26.45% 41.33% 34.90%
% of Assets in Top 50 40.99% 65.76% 56.97%

Size Comparison

EEM ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Large (>12.9B) 69.56% 44.76% 48.57%
Mid (>2.7B) 27.70% 31.46% 31.76%
Small (>600M) 1.82% 11.66% 6.23%
Micro (<600M) 0.00% 2.44% 1.01%

EEM Valuation

This section compares the P/E ratio of this ETF to its peers.

EEM
P/E Ratio
19.63
ETF Database Category Average
P/E Ratio
12.66
FactSet Segment Average
P/E Ratio
11.44

EEM Dividend

This section compares the dividend yield of this ETF to its peers.

EEM ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Dividend $ 0.24 $ 0.37 $ 0.28
Dividend Date 2021-06-10 N/A N/A
Annual Dividend Rate $ 0.76 $ 0.82 $ 0.64
Annual Dividend Yield 1.47% 2.34% 1.58%

EEM Price and Volume Charts

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EEM Fund Flows Charts

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5 Day Net Flows: 0 1 Month Net Flows: 0 3 Month Net Flows: -2.76 B 6 Month Net Flows: -2.82 B 1 Year Net Flows: 110.81 M 3 Year Net Flows: -594.05 M 5 Year Net Flows: -8.37 B 10 Year Net Flows: -12.57 B

EEM Price vs Flows AUM Influence Charts

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