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Developed, Emerging Markets Meet in ETF

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The iShares MSCI All Country Asia ex-Japan Index Fund (AAXJ) was one of six exchange traded funds newly covered by that received a top rating of "excellent," equating to a "buy."

After one year in business, that ETF has accumulated almost $1.1 billion in total assets to invest in stocks of developed- and emerging-market countries of China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

The fund gives investors exposure to non-U.S. markets. Holdings include Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM - Get Report), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT - Get Report), China Mobile (CHL), KB Financial Group (KB - Get Report) and Posco (PKX).

Also in the "buy" range were two exchange traded notes, or ETNs, ELEMENTS Benjamin Graham Total Market Value ETN (BVT) and ELEMENTS Benjamin Graham Small Cap Value ETN (BSC).

Both funds are tied to Benjamin Graham indexes of companies with strong, liquid balance sheets trading at a discount to implied intrinsic value. The indexes use Graham's value-investing philosophy, published in 1934 with David Dodd in Security Analysis.

The seven most important factors for being included in these indexes are earnings quality, valuation ratios, forward price-to-earnings, dividend yield, profitability, debt and the liquidity to service that debt, and measurements relative to a company's industry peers.
Newly Rated Exchange Traded Funds
Fund (Ticker) Rating
Total Return 1 Year
Inception Date
iShares MSCI All Cntry Asia ex Jap (AAXJ) A+
ELEMENTS BG Total Market Value ETN (BVT) B
Market Vector RVE Hard Asset Prducr (HAP) C
ELEMENTS BG Large Cap Value ETN (BVL) C-
Claymore/Delta Glb Shipping Index (SEA) D-
Source: Ratings
Data as of most recent month-end

Funds rated A or B are considered "buy" based on a track record of higher-than-average risk-adjusted performance. Funds at the C level are "hold," while underperformers at the D and E levels rank as "sell."

For more information, check out an explanation of our ratings.
Kevin Baker became the senior financial analyst for TSC Ratings upon the August 2006 acquisition of Weiss Ratings by, covering mutual funds. He joined the Weiss Group in 1997 as a banking and brokerage analyst. In 1999, he created the Weiss Group's first ratings to gauge the level of risk in U.S. equities. Baker received a B.S. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization from Nova Southeastern University.

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CHL $58.30 -0.82%
CHT $30.57 0.39%
KB $30.59 -0.06%
TSM $22.55 0.22%


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