Self Directed Investor Inc
SDI: "Empowering investors with ideas and education"
Symbol Lookup »  
Topics:ChinaETFsEarningsEconomyEnergyForexGoldIncomeLessonsIdeasTrading

  • Other news: News from PR Newswire
| More

7 Smallest Emerging Market Countries And The ETFs to Play Them

Wed, Nov 28, 9:15 AM ET, by Michael Johnston

Through the evolution of the global economy and ETF marketspace, investors now have access to funds and companies that they may have never even known about only five years ago. Perhaps one of the largest leaps for international investors is the opening up of frontier and emerging markets, a high risk and reward strategy many have used while developed economies are showing slow growth and returns. The new international investors have also done wonders for industries in emerging markets looking for funding, but the general population doesn’t have the time or money for this kind of investing [For ETF industry news, sign up for the free ETFdb Newsletter].
Below, we highlight some of the smallest markets that ETF providers have deemed fantastic investment opportunities and created products around:

1. Vietnam

The smallest economy with an ETF devoted to it, Vietnam’s GDP for 2011 is reported at $122 billion U.S. dollars. Compared to the United States ($15 trillion) and China ($7.3 trillion) this may not seem like much, but for a country that has mainly worked in agriculture and relied on trade with other Asian nations for goods this is a huge leap forward. Van Eck’s Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (VNM) offers unparalleled exposure to this emerging market’s growing financial and energy sector [also see Beyond The BRIC: Ten Country-Specific Emerging Markets ETFs].

2. New Zealand

Once a British colony, this remote group of islands is one of the smallest developed markets available for investing. With GDP of only $161.9 in 2011, most of this money is coming from the mining trade that the nation heavily relies on, but recent waves of educated professionals to New Zealand have caused renewed interest in other industries. The MSCI New Zealand Investable Market Index Fund (ENZL) offers a total of 25 holdings and a balanced view of the country’s industries.

3. Philippines

Another South Eastern group of islands, the Philippines is on its way to the top. With main exports in electronics, semiconductors and copper products, this island’s true resource is its recent overhaul of the education system and retention of these graduates. This recently industrialized country has a current GDP of $213.1 billion and, using the MSCI Philippines Investable Market Index Fund (EPHE), investors around the world can get a piece of this growing economy [see Actionable ETF Trading Ideas].

4. Ireland

Focused on services and high tech industrials, this European island is dependent on trade with other nations to sustain its population. The 2008 crash crippled this developed economy, and while other countries are on the road to recovery, Ireland has yet to show signs of hope. MSCI Ireland Capped Investable Market Index Fund (EIRL) is great for investors who think the $217.7 billion in GDP and past durability means that Ireland will soon get back on its feet [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

5. Egypt

Full of countries primarily listed on the Egyptian Exchanges or that make 50% or more of their revenues in the country, the Egypt Index ETF (EGPT) has been one of the best performing country ETFs over the last year. Even as this North African nation rebuilds its government after ousting long-term president Hosni Mubarak, its economy trucks on and so far seems to have benefited from new leadership.

6. Chile

As one of South America’s most sustainable and prosperous nations with $248.4 billion GDP, the Chilean economy barely even felt the 2008 economic downturn. Living standards, education and the nations it trades with are growing every day, while surrounding nations like Argentina and Bolivia are still trying to reduce their inflation rates. The MSCI Chile Index Fund (ECH) is a good indicator of this country’s growth, as it measures the performance of the Chilean equity market [see ECH Realtime Rating].

7. Israel

With the second-largest number of start-up companies in the world and the largest number of NASDAQ-listed companies outside of North America, this $242.9 billion GDP country is the largest of the small economies. Excluding its highly educated population, Israel also sees a lot of income from its huge tourism businesses, as its deeply religious past draws Christians, Jews and Muslims from around the world. The MSCI Israel Capped Investable Market Index Fund (EIS) tracks the ever-growing equity market.

[For more ETF analysis, make sure to sign up for our free ETF newsletter or try a free seven day trial to ETFdb Pro]

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.

Click here to read the original article on ETFdb.com.


SDI Glossary: "Exchange" Definition
SDI Glossary: "ETFs" Definition
SDI Glossary: "GDP" Definition
SDI Glossary: "NASDAQ" Definition
This Article's Word Cloud:   Chile   Chilean   ETFdb   Fund   Index   Investable   Ireland   Israel   MSCI   Market   Philippines   Vietnam   With   Zealand   also   around   billion   companies   country   developed   economies   economy   education   emerging   free   from   growing   have   huge   industries   international   investors   largest   listed   market   markets   nations   number   only   other   population   sign   smallest   that   this   time   trade   while   with   world

| More

SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Breaks Below 200-Day Moving Average - Notable for XES
Tue, May 3, 4:14 PM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Tuesday, shares of the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ...

DTH Crosses Below Key Moving Average Level
Tue, May 3, 4:14 PM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Tuesday, shares of the WisdomTree International High Dividend Fund ETF (DTH) crossed ...

First Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy Fund Breaks Below 200-Day Moving Average - Notable for FTGC
Tue, May 3, 4:14 PM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Tuesday, shares of the First Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy Fund ETF ...

Medtronic Takes Over #120 Spot From Time Warner
Tue, May 3, 11:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In a study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages, for the underlying components of ...

XTN Makes Notable Cross Below Critical Moving Average
Tue, May 3, 11:24 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Tuesday, shares of the SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (XTN) crossed below their ...

ECON Crosses Below Key Moving Average Level
Tue, May 3, 11:24 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Tuesday, shares of the EGShares Dow Jones Emerging Markets Consumer Titans 30 ...

VWO, SHI, CCU, VEDL: Large Inflows Detected at ETF
Tue, May 3, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: VWO, SHI, CCU, VEDL Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just ...

iShares S&P 500 Growth ETF Experiences Big Outflow
Tue, May 3, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: IVW, AAPL, MSFT, MO Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just ...

Cullen/Frost Bankers a Top Ranked SAFE Dividend Stock With 3.4% Yield (CFR)
Tue, May 3, 8:24 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (CFR) has been named to the Dividend Channel ''S.A.F.E. ...

IVZ Named A Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock
Tue, May 3, 8:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Invesco Ltd (IVZ) has been named a Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock by Dividend Channel, ...

NEAR Makes Notable Cross Below Critical Moving Average
Mon, May 2, 4:14 PM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Monday, shares of the iShares Short Maturity Bond ETF (NEAR) crossed below ...

Mallinckrodt Moves Up In Analyst Rankings, Passing Newell Brands
Mon, May 2, 11:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In a study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages, for the underlying components of ...

VBK: Large Outflows Detected at ETF
Mon, May 2, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: VBK Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but ...

18.5% of MORT Holdings Seeing Recent Insider Buys
Mon, May 2, 9:44 AM ET, by ETF Channel

A look at the weighted underlying holdings of the Mortgage REIT Income ETF (MORT) shows ...

10.6% of DIA Holdings Seeing Recent Insider Buys
Mon, May 2, 9:34 AM ET, by ETF Channel

A look at the weighted underlying holdings of the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF ...

Red Hat Moves Up In Analyst Rankings, Passing Invesco
Fri, Apr 29, 11:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In a study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages, for the underlying components of ...

QQQ, QCOM, TXN, AVGO: ETF Outflow Alert
Fri, Apr 29, 11:24 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: QQQ, QCOM, TXN, AVGO Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just ...

IWD, CSCO, MDT, UTX: ETF Outflow Alert
Fri, Apr 29, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: IWD, CSCO, MDT, UTX Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just ...

iShares Asia 50 (AIA) Shares Cross Below 200 DMA
Fri, Apr 29, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Friday, shares of the iShares Asia 50 ETF (AIA) crossed below their ...

XLK Crosses Below Key Moving Average Level
Fri, Apr 29, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Friday, shares of the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund ETF (XLK) crossed ...

EZU: Large Outflows Detected at ETF
Fri, Apr 29, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: EZU Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but ...

MLP and Energy Infrastructure ETF -- Insider Buying Index Registering 24.5%
Fri, Apr 29, 9:44 AM ET, by ETF Channel

A look at the weighted underlying holdings of the MLP and Energy Infrastructure ETF (MLPX) ...

DUST Crosses Critical Technical Indicator
Thu, Apr 28, 3:54 PM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Thursday, shares of the Daily Gold Miners Index Bear 3x Shares ETF ...

Nielsen Holdings Takes Over #15 Spot From Facebook
Thu, Apr 28, 11:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In a study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages, for the underlying components of ...

IGE, OXY, COP, SU: ETF Outflow Alert
Thu, Apr 28, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: IGE, OXY, COP, SU Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just ...

SUB: Large Outflows Detected at ETF
Thu, Apr 28, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: SUB Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but ...

TLO: ETF Outflow Alert
Thu, Apr 28, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: TLO Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but ...

XLY, CMCSA, NKE, LOW: ETF Outflow Alert
Thu, Apr 28, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: XLY, CMCSA, NKE, LOW Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just ...

VDE, PAGP, EEQ, TEP: Large Outflows Detected at ETF
Thu, Apr 28, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: VDE, PAGP, EEQ, TEP Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just ...

IWV, GOOGL, GOOG, V: ETF Outflow Alert
Thu, Apr 28, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: IWV, GOOGL, GOOG, V Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just ...

iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF Experiences Big Inflow
Thu, Apr 28, 10:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: EWZ Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but ...

VB, NCT, RUSHB: ETF Inflow Alert
Thu, Apr 28, 10:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: VB, NCT, RUSHB Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like ...

REM's Holdings Imply 11% Gain Potential
Thu, Apr 28, 8:44 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Looking at the underlying holdings of the ETFs in our coverage universe at ETF Channel, ...

SPDR Barclays Short Term High Yield Bond Breaks Above 200-Day Moving Average - Bullish for SJNK
Wed, Apr 27, 4:14 PM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Wednesday, shares of the SPDR Barclays Short Term High Yield Bond ETF ...

ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures Breaks Above 200-Day Moving Average - Bullish for SVXY
Wed, Apr 27, 4:14 PM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Wednesday, shares of the ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (SVXY) crossed ...

iShares Russell 2000 Growth (IWO) Shares Cross Above 200 DMA
Wed, Apr 27, 3:54 PM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Wednesday, shares of the iShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF (IWO) crossed above ...

VOE: ETF Outflow Alert
Wed, Apr 27, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: VOE Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but ...

iShares U.S. Pharmaceuticals ETF Experiences Big Outflow
Wed, Apr 27, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: IHE, BMY, LLY, AGN Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just ...

TLH: Large Outflows Detected at ETF
Wed, Apr 27, 10:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: TLH Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but ...

iShares Morningstar Large-Cap Growth (JKE) Shares Cross Below 200 DMA
Wed, Apr 27, 10:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Wednesday, shares of the iShares Morningstar Large-Cap Growth ETF (JKE) crossed below ...

JNK: Large Outflows Detected at ETF
Wed, Apr 27, 10:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: JNK Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but ...

SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond (JNK) Shares Cross Above 200 DMA
Wed, Apr 27, 10:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Wednesday, shares of the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) crossed ...

WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend Fund -- Insider Buying Index Registering 18.0%
Wed, Apr 27, 9:44 AM ET, by ETF Channel

A look at the weighted underlying holdings of the WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend Fund (DES) shows ...

17.9% of FYT Holdings Seeing Recent Insider Buys
Wed, Apr 27, 9:44 AM ET, by ETF Channel

A look at the weighted underlying holdings of the First Trust Small Cap Value AlphaDEX ...

FPX's Holdings Could Mean 14% Gain Potential
Wed, Apr 27, 8:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Looking at the underlying holdings of the ETFs in our coverage universe at ETF Channel, ...

Implied RZG Analyst Target Price: $91
Wed, Apr 27, 8:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Looking at the underlying holdings of the ETFs in our coverage universe at ETF Channel, ...

FAZ Crowded With Sellers
Tue, Apr 26, 4:19 PM ET, by ETF Channel

In trading on Tuesday, shares of the Daily Financial Bear 3x Shares ETF (FAZ) entered ...

See How Boeing Ranks Among Analysts' Top Dow 30 Picks
Tue, Apr 26, 11:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

A study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages shows that Boeing Co. (BA) is ...

PG&E Takes Over #62 Spot From Constellation Brands
Tue, Apr 26, 11:54 AM ET, by ETF Channel

In a study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages, for the underlying components of ...

XHB, WHR, FBHS, OC: Large Outflows Detected at ETF
Tue, Apr 26, 11:14 AM ET, by ETF Channel

Symbols mentioned in this story: XHB, WHR, FBHS, OC Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just ...

  More articles:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next »

ABOUT US »   ADVERTISE »   CONTACT US »   TERMS OF USE & PRIVACY POLICY »

7 Smallest Emerging Market Countries And The ETFs to Play Them | Self Directed Investor | Copyright © 2008 - 2016, All Rights Reserved

Any ideas and opinions presented in Self Directed Investor content are for informational and educational purposes only, and do not reflect the opinions of BNK Invest, Inc. or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries or partners. In no way should any content contained herein be interpreted to represent trading or investment advice. None of the information contained herein constitutes a recommendation that any particular security, portfolio, transaction, or investment strategy is suitable for any specific person. All site visitors agree that under no circumstances will BNK Invest, Inc,. its subsidiaries, partners, officers, employees, affiliates, or agents be held liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information obtained. Read Full Disclaimer.

SDI is associated with: ValueForum.com -- a subscription-based online social networking forum of serious individual investors. | MarketNewsVideo.com -- videos appearing on SDI are produced by Market News Video. | TickerTech.com -- stock quote content appearing on SDI is at least 20 minutes delayed and is powered by Ticker Technologies. | GoldStockStrategist.com -- Edited by Scott V. Nystrom, PhD, Gold Stock Strategist provides analysis on gold mining companies.