In the post U.S. Presidential election shakeout, volatility is back in the markets, and whippy swings in stocks this morning has made trading in size at specific levels very difficult — especially in international markets.
EEM (iShares MSCI Emerging Markets, Expense Ratio 0.67%)) for example is down another 2.6% after yesterday’s freefall on heavy volume, and the fund has seen about $820 million leave the fund in the trailing one-month period. We are seeing some stunning one and two day moves in things like EWZ (iShares Brazil, Expense Ratio 0.62%), which is down >7% just today alone, and in EWW (iShares Mexico, Expense Ratio 0.49%) which is down an additional 6% after yesterday’s bloodbath. While Brazil makes up about 8% of EEM and Mexico (4%), the the largest holding within the portfolio, China, is down marginally during the past two days.
While Russia, RSX (VanEck Vectors Russia, Expense Ratio 0.63%) only makes up 3% of EEM, we have to point out that it was strong yesterday and for part of today before some profit taking occurred on the notion that a Trump Presidency would ease tensions between the country and the United States. The most interesting story in the Emerging Markets ETFs perhaps concerns Latin America, though as we had mentioned the two largest ETFs in the segment EWZ and EWW seeing severe weakness on the Trump victory.
Still, EWZ has seen moderate inflows ($10 million in) this week. EWW, on the other hand saw huge trading volume and larger inflows before the U.S. Presidential election on a fierce upswing, only to reverse sharply on even heavier trading volume to plunge to its lowest levels in since January of this year.
ILF (iShares Latin America 40, Expense Ratio 0.49%) is the third largest ETF in the “Latin America Equity” category with $1.1 billion in assets under management, and this fund alike is also under immense pressure the past couple days having its highest country exposures to Brazil (53%) and Mexico (24%). The fund is now trading at its lowest levels today since mid-September. Unfortunately, in combing through the U.S. listed ETF landscape we do not see any “Bear” offerings at the moment for hedgers or traders to use to brace for additional downside in this segment.
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He holds his Series 4 (Registered Options Principal), 6, 7, 55 (Equity Trader), 63, and 65 licenses. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S. – Economics), graduating magna cum laude, and has an MBA from Villanova University.