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SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Fund

Fund Manager: State Street Global Advisors
Inception Date: Nov 01, 2013

Returns from shares in emerging markets have been weak since the global financial crisis; the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (ASX: IEM) has a 5-year average annual return of 1.1%, and 1.48% over 10 years. As the ETF does not use currency hedging, Australian investors are exposed to movements in the underlying currencies. This means the weak Australian dollar has cushioned investors from some of the poor performance – by comparison, the USD version of the same ETF has had an average annual return of -4.71% for the last 5 years. Much like the Australian market, emerging markets have been hurt by soft commodity prices and a slowdown in China. The following chart shows how closely the ETF of emerging markets has tracked with the S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO) (ASX:XJO), with both underperforming the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (ASX: IVV) considerably. [More]

How to invest in emerging markets

Financial Review - Jan 29, 2016

Investors typically use specialist managed funds for emerging markets exposure, but a growing number of exchange traded funds and listed investment companies also provide exposure, and online brokers are making it easier to buy offshore shares directly. Here are four strategies to consider. [More]

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