Emerging markets are a favored investment arena. One of the draws is that the players are always changing. ETFs are abundant in this area as the barriers to investing in emerging markets for individual investors are difficult to overcome. This is why ETFs in emerging markets are increasingly popular and growing. Each year there are more and more ETFs providing exposure to emerging markets. Here are four ETFs that are not even one year old.
The prospect of continued interest rate reductions in Latin America’s largest economy has buoyed Brazilian stocks recently. Brazil’s inflation rate is now at its lowest level since September 2010. Brazil’s Finance Minister Guido Mantega said the current level of inflation provides “a degree of liberty to have more flexible monetary policy,” presumably to include lowering interest rates and expanding credit.
Have you ever heard had a craving for green tea, banana and dulce de leche, or mango and orange Oreo cookies? Well, Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) can satisfy that craving. If you are in China you can find the green tea oreos. Banana and dulce de leche can be found in Argentina. Whatever the local taste buds, Kraft has developed an Oreo to suit. Emerging markets will account for about half of Oreo sales this year. Over the past five years emerging markets including Asia and Latin America have been the major drivers of the brand's growth. Thanks to Kraft's overseas push, overall Oreo sales grew nearly 25 percent in 2011.
Global manufacturing optimism turned into gains for emerging market economies this past week. From this perspective it would seem that the global economy is weathering the eurozone crisis without too much wear and tear. Expectations are so low for the markets coming into 2012 that any good or not-so-bad news is having an immediate positive impact.