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Newly Rated ETFs Show Few Places to Hide

These 15 newly rated ETFs by TSC Ratings have made their debut by slamming headlong into a serious correction.

The one-month and three-month returns reflect the problems out there -- and the key takeaway is that the once-high-returning Non-U.S. Equity category (ETFs invested in foreign markets) is experiencing negative returns in line with the U.S. market. This clearly shows that the U.S. correction is a global phenomenon and lays to rest the notion that other economies would not be adversely affected by the problems here.

The stellar performance of the foreign markets that, according to our data, started all the way back in 2002-03 and continued to the early part of this year, led many investment companies to roll out more product focused on overseas markets. But, as in the case of the housing market, these foreign ETFs reached their maximum supply at a point when their markets were on the precipice of a decline.

Unlike the correction in 2001 there seems to be very few, if any, places to hide in this downturn.

Fund Name Ticker TSC Ratings Grade 1 Month Return 3 Month Return Category
PowerShares Dynamic Asia Paci Opp PUA E- -8.48 -10.84 Non-US Equity
PowerShares Dynamic Dvpld Intl Opp PFA E+ -8.71 -7.6 Non-US Equity
HealthShares Eur Medical Prdt & Dev HHT E -8.84 -7.53 Sector - Health/Biotechnology
PowerShares FTSE RAFI Dvlp Mkt exUS PXF D -8.96 -11.66 Non-US Equity
PowerShares FTSE RAFI Asia Pacific PAF E- -9.09 -10.12 Non-US Equity
PowerShares FTSE RAFI Europe Portf PEF E -9.59 -13.29 Non-US Equity
PowerShares FTSE RAFI Japan Portf PJO D- -9.96 -3.46 Non-US Equity
SPDR S&P BRIC 40 ETF BIK D- -10.3 -4.07 Non-US Equity
PowerShares Global Clean Energy PBD E -10.92 -6.34 Sector - Energy/Natural Res
WisdomTree Intl Real Estate Fund DRW E- -11.95 -17.95 Non-US Equity
Claymore Clr Glb Ex Brok & Ass Man EXB E- -12.42 -18.55 Global Equity
Claymore/BBD High Income Index ETF LVL E- -13.02 -12.35 Equity Income
PowerShares Global Water Portfolio PIO E- -13.11 -8.07 Sector - Energy/Natural Res
iShares Dow Jones EPAC Select Div IDV E -13.54 -17.39 Non-US Equity
PowerShares Dynamic Europe PEH E -15.24 -17.69 Non-US Equity

Sam Patel, CFA, is the manager of mutual fund research for the Ratings.

In keeping with TSC's Investment Policy, employees of Ratings with access to pre-publication ratings data must pre-clear any potential trade through the legal department, and are prohibited from trading any security that is the subject of an unpublished rating revision until the second business day after the rating is published.

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