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Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts

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Moomoo Research wrote a column · May 27 22:22
Wall Street News reports that the Federal Reserve is expected to consider interest rate cuts in the second half of this year. Emerging markets could benefit from the fall in yields on U.S. dollar assets, attracting more capital inflows. This could lead to higher yields on related capital market products, potentially making them a new investment hotspot in the future.
For the broader investment community, ETFs are safer than individual stocks and allow for diversified investment. This article will introduce to our readers the top ten emerging market ETFs on the U.S. stock market, which have increased by more than 5% since the beginning of 2024, for your reference.
Tracks the FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index. The index, provided by FTSE Russell, covers large, mid, and small-cap stocks from emerging markets globally and uses a market capitalization weighting method.
      Advantages: VWO is a low-cost option for investing in emerging markets, managed by Vanguard, favored for its     low expense ratio (0.08%) and broad market coverage.
   Disadvantages: Despite VWO's broad market coverage, its diversification may mean less concentrated investment opportunities in specific countries or sectors, potentially limiting potential high returns in those areas.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
As of May 24, this ETF had assets of approximately $80.617 billion, a rise of 7.3% since the beginning of 2024, with a dividend yield of 3.31%, paid quarterly, and an expense ratio of 0.08%. Its constituents include well-known companies like Tencent and TSMC.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
Tracks the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a market capitalization-weighted index intended to measure the performance of the stock markets in emerging market countries. It includes companies from Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, such as China, South Korea, Taiwan, India, and Brazil.
   Advantages: EEM provides broad exposure to these markets and is one of the most liquid and largest emerging market ETFs on the market.
   Disadvantages: EEM has a relatively high trade expense ratio (0.7%), which could erode long-term investment returns, especially for small investors.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
As of May 24, this ETF had assets of approximately $18.471 billion, a rise of 7.49% since the beginning of 2024, with a dividend yield of 2.47%, and an expense ratio of 0.7%. Its constituents include well-known companies like Tencent and Samsung.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
Tracks the MSCI Emerging Markets Index excluding China. This index is similar to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index but excludes companies from the Chinese market, offering investors exposure to emerging markets without direct investment in China.
   Advantages: EMXC is suitable for those who wish to diversify their emerging market investments while avoiding specific risks associated with the Chinese market.
   Disadvantages: By excluding China, EMXC may miss out on potential returns from one of the largest economies and fastest-growing markets in the emerging market space.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
As of May 24, this ETF had assets of approximately $13.835 billion, a rise of 5.18% since the beginning of 2024, with a dividend yield of 1.47%, and an expense ratio of 0.25%. Its constituents include well-known companies like Samsung and SK Hynix.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
Tracks the S&P Emerging Markets BMI Index. The S&P Emerging Markets BMI Index, part of the S&P Dow Jones Indices, provides broad coverage of stocks from emerging market countries, using a stock selection optimized by the Barclays Risk Model.
Advantages: GEM aims to provide better risk-adjusted returns than traditional market capitalization-weighted indexes through its optimized approach.
Disadvantages: GEM's use of the Barclays Risk Model optimized stock selection could involve higher tracking error and more complex management strategies, which may impact its performance.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
As of May 24, this ETF had assets of approximately $0.986 billion, a rise of 6.58% since the beginning of 2024, with a dividend yield of 1.75%, and an expense ratio of 0.3%. Its constituents include well-known companies like Samsung and TSMC.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
Tracks the MSCI Emerging Markets ex Fossil Fuels Index. The index, provided by MSCI, aims to measure the performance of emerging market stocks while excluding companies with fossil fuel reserves. This includes companies whose main businesses involve the exploration, production, refining, and sale of fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, and coal.
   Advantages: The index emphasizes Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investment principles, suitable for investors who want to invest in emerging markets while avoiding the fossil fuel industry; the current ETF trading expense ratio is 0.07%.
   Disadvantages: SPEM excludes fossil fuel companies, which may limit its performance in energy-intensive markets and potentially miss out on some energy-related investment opportunities.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
As of May 24, this ETF had assets of approximately $9.168 billion, a rise of 7.51% since the beginning of 2024, with a dividend yield of 2.61%, and an expense ratio of 0.07%. Its constituents include well-known companies like Samsung, Alibaba, and TSMC.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
Tracks the MSCI Global Select Metals & Mining Producers Index. The index focuses on the global metals and mining industry, including large and mid-sized metal, mining, and smelting companies. It covers various sub-industries from iron ore to precious metals.
   Advantages: The index offers broad coverage of the global metals and mining industry, including companies that are crucial to the global economy and industrial production; the current ETF trading expense ratio is 0.49%.
   Disadvantages: GMF focuses on the metals and mining industry, which may make it more sensitive to fluctuations in commodity prices and the global economic cycle, potentially leading to higher volatility.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
As of May 24, this ETF had assets of approximately $0.366 billion, a rise of 9.76% since the beginning of 2024, with a dividend yield of 2.50%, and an expense ratio of 0.49%. Its constituents include well-known companies like TSMC, Alibaba, and others.
Exploring New Opportunities: An ETF Guide for Emerging Markets Post-U.S. Rate Cuts
Conclusion
The products introduced above are highly recognized emerging market ETFs currently on the market, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. In terms of dividend yield, VWO is undoubtedly the most attractive product; in terms of annualized returns, the GMF, an ETF investing in the Asia-Pacific region, performs the best. It is recommended that investors choose suitable products based on their own investment preferences to maximize returns.
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