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Top 7 Emerging Currency ETFs

Stocks in this article: CEW FXM BZF CYB ICN SZR FXRU

#4: Wisdom Tree Chinese Yuan Currency ETF (CYB)


CYB follows the spot price of the Chinese Yuan currency. The fund was launched in May 2008. The expense ratio is .45%. AUM equal $492 million and average daily trading volume is 270K shares. As of mid-December the annual embedded dividend yield is .56% and YTD return is .79%.

#5: Wisdom Tree Indian Rupee ETF (ICN)


ICN follows the spot price of the Indian Rupee. The fund was launched in May 2008. The expense ratio is .45%. AUM equal $19 million and average daily trading volume is 14K shares. As of mid-December 2011 the embedded dividend yield was 6.80% and YTD return -12.57%.

#6: Wisdom Tree South African Rand ETF (SZR)

SZR follows the spot price of the South African Rand currency. The fund was launched in June 2008. The expense ratio is .45%. AUM equal $7.5 million and average daily trading volume is less than 2K shares. (At these levels you might have to question whether the fund can survive from the sponsor's business view.) As of mid-December 2011 the embedded annual yield was 5.46% and YTD return was -18%.

#7: Rydex Russian Ruble ETF (FXRU)


FXRU follows the spot price of the Russian Ruble currency. The fund was launched in November 2008. The expense ratio is .40%. AUM equal $5 million and average daily trading volume is less than 2K shares. (Here too the low AUM possibly portends the ETF may not survive as a viable offering for the sponsor.) As of mid-December 2011 the embedded yield is 4.58% and YTD return was -8.38%.


More from ETF Digest:

As times have become more difficult for all economies, emerging markets historically suffer more. This is true now as well. The currencies of these markets reflect economic difficulties as previously good trends have broken down. Some ETFs have very low AUM and this could threaten their ongoing existence so caution is advised.

It's also important to remember that ETF sponsors have their own competitive business interests when issuing products which may not necessarily align with your investment needs. New ETFs from highly regarded and substantial new providers are also being issued. These may include Charles Schwab's ETFs and Scottrade's Focus Shares which both are issuing new ETFs with low expense ratios and commission free trading at their respective firms. These may also become popular as they become seasoned. 

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The ETF Digest has no current positions in the featured ETFs.

(Source for data is from ETF sponsors and various ETF data providers)


This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.

Dave Fry is founder and publisher of ETF Digest, Dave's Daily blog and the best-selling book author of Create Your Own ETF Hedge Fund, A DIY Strategy for Private Wealth Management, published by Wiley Finance in 2008. A detailed bio is here: Dave Fry.

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