This country-focused fund tracks an index comprised of the top 20 companies that are domiciled in Greece, making it the first ETF to dedicate itself to this nation. GREK, from Global X, has a unique risk/return profile they may attract some while scaring off others, as Greece’s economic history has been relatively unstable.
The ETF focuses the majority of its assets on three sectors, financial services, consumer cyclical, and consumer defensive. Note that the heavy allocation to banks makes this fund especially volatile given the instability of Greek banks during the euro zone crisis. Another noteworthy allocation is the market cap breakdown of the product. GREK has no giant or even large cap holdings; instead, the fund diverts the majority of its assets to small and mid cap firms with some micro cap exposure. GREK will be more volatile as a result because small and mid cap companies tend to exhibit more volatility than their large cap counterparts.
GREK would likely never be an integral part of your portfolio, but it could be effective as a satellite holding. Though the fund comes with a high risk, it also has a handsome upside potential that may fit well for investors who can stomach a bit of volatility.