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ETF Research Report Now Available: China ETFs In Focus

by on July 31, 2011 | Updated August 3, 2011

Over the past few years it has become increasingly clear that China is now the most important economy in the world. Though second to the U.S. in total size, China accounts directly for a significant portion of global GDP growth and has contributed indirectly to expansion in developed and emerging markets around the globe–particularly resource rich countries that have stepped up to fuel ongoing urbanization and aggressive infrastructure expansions and improvements.

As interest in China’s equity markets has surged in recent years, it shouldn’t be surprising that investors have embraced ETFs as an efficient means of accessing this promising economy. There are currently nearly two dozen ETFs offering exposure to China, including both broad-based and sector-specific offerings. Moreover, investors seeking leveraged exposure or access to the Chinese currency have additional choices from the ETF lineup. [click to continue…]

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iShares, the largest U.S. ETF issuer by total assets, added another ETF offering exposure to Chinese equities to its product lineup this week. The MSCI China Index Fund (MCHI) will seek to replicate the MSCI China Index, a benchmark that includes about 140 Chinese stocks. The index is designed to measure the performance of the top 85% of equity securities by market capitalization in the Chinese market. “The new iShares MSCI China Index Fund provides clients access to one of the fastest growing economies in the world,” said Noel Archard, Head of US Product at iShares at BlackRock. “The fund further complements our single country product suite, which has seen significant activity over the past few months as investors increasingly look to single country funds to express nuanced views on global markets.” [click to continue…]

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The impact of the recent global economic slowdown was first felt by consumers around the world who were forced to cut back on purchases in order to endure the recession. While some consumer segments such as the wealthy, have begun to spend again, the events of the last two years have also had a profound, […]

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Global X Funds, the New York-based ETF provider that was the first to offer funds focusing on Colombia and the Nordic region, has filed for approval with the SEC to launch six new ETFs that focus on various sectors of the Chinese economy. The proposed funds include:

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Kim Jong Il, the eccentric and volatile leader of North Korea, is reportedly battling one of the most virulent forms of cancer, setting off waves of speculation throughout Asia and the world as to the future of the “axis of evil.” While Il’s inflammatory personality and refusal to abandon his country’s nuclear ambitions in the […]

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As the Chinese economy has surged over the last decade, investors unafraid to reach beyond their borders and embrace international equity investments have been handsomely rewarded. As a result of easing economic barriers and sound economic policies, China has now passed Germany for the number three spot on the list of the world’s largest economies. […]

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