There have been mixed flows in prominent Emerging Markets Equity ETFs on weakness in the underlying markets recently. Let’s examine the moves and some potential ways to play them.
The second largest fund in the space, iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF (NYSE:EEM) (Expense Ratio 0.67%, $31.7 billion in AUM) has seen flat asset growth in the month of October thus far, along with action in the November $36.50 puts.
On the other hand, VWO (Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets, Expense Ratio 0.15%, $44.1 billion in AUM) has seen some mild inflows on the sell-off in Emerging Markets, pulling in more than $400 million lately thanks to creation activity. The third largest fund in the space, IEMG (iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets, Expense Ratio 0.18%, $17.8 billion in AUM) has attracted about $380 million this week.
From there, we see a rather steep drop-off in terms of assets under management following these three giants in the Emerging Markets Equity space, as these are likely the favorites of central banks whom trade these markets as well.
Given the rocky two days we have seen in Emerging Markets this week, EEMV (iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility, Expense Ratio 0.25%, $4.4 billion in AUM) also may be worth a look in terms of catching additional trading interest here, and this fund happens to be the fourth largest fund in the space in terms of assets under management.
Since trepidation seems to be creeping into the space heading into year’s end, particularly on weakness in China, it makes a lot of sense to keep “Bear” and “Levered Bear” products on the brain as they may see upticks in activity if there is any prolonged correction in the EM space. These funds include the likes of EUM (ProShares Short MSCI Emerging Markets, 0.95%, $208 million in AUM), EDZ (Direxion Daily Emerging Markets Bear 3X, Expense Ratio 0.95%, $134 million in AUM) and EEV (ProShares UltraShort MSCI Emerging Markets, Expense Ratio 0.95%, $38 million in AUM).
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