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10 Emerging Markets ETFs for 2013


This is not a bold prediction, but it is reasonable to expect one of 2012's hottest asset classes to stand tall again in 2013.

The subsequent ebullience helped lift the iShares FTSE China 25 Index Fund (NYSEARCA:FXI), the largest China ETF by assets, to a 15.8% gain over the last three months of 2012. That might leave some wondering why GXC should be picked over FXI. Fair question, but over the past year, two years and five years, GXC has consistently (and easily) outperformed FXI. GXC has also been consistently less volatile than FXI over longer time frames.

Not only that, by GXC is home to 220 stocks, nearly 8.5 times as many as FXI. Like FXI, GXC's top sector weight is financials at 34.7%, but that is far lower than the 57.5% FXI allocates to the same sector.

The good news is that on a valuation basis, Chinese ETFs still look inexpensive relative to the broader emerging markets universe. FXI has a P/E ratio of 12.89 and a price-to-book ratio 1.61, according to iShares data. GXC is slightly cheaper with a P/E ratio of 10.9 and a price-to-book ratio of 1.55.

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