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Top 10 Latin America Single Country ETFs

#10: Global X Argentina ETF (ARGT)

ARGT follows the FTSE Argentina 20 Index which measures the top 20 companies that have high revenues or assets in Argentina. The fund was launched in March 2011. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM (Assets under Management) equal $4 million which is understandable for a new fund and is featured here because of the importance of the market. ARGT completes the range of countries (with Venezuela the exception) in Latin America away from Pioneer Funds. Average daily trading volume is less than 5K shares. As of late February 2012 the annual dividend is 2.54%  and YTD performance was 9.80%.

The current government led by Kirchner-Fernandez coalition has lately been menacing private companies and even saber rattling over the Falklands once again. The leadership seems power hungry and embracing some Chavez-like themes. Caution is advised in this regard. Lastly, Argentina defaulted on its debt over a decade ago and is still trying to reach a deal with remaining creditors. Caution with this administration is advised.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

ARGT Top Ten Holdings & Weightings
  1. Tenaris SA ADR (TS): 20.18%
  2. Mercadolibre, Inc. (MELI): 8.83%
  3. Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc (ARCO): 8.48%
  4. YPF Sociedad Anonima ADR (YPF): 8.38%
  5. Macro Bank, Inc. ADR (BMA): 5.42%
  6. Telecom Argentina SA ADR (TEO): 4.91%
  7. Nortel Inversora SA ADR (NTL): 4.79%
  8. Petrobras Argentina SA ADR (PZE): 4.15%
  9. Yamana Gold, Inc. (AUY): 4.12%
  10. Silver Standard Resources, Inc. (SSRI): 4.03%

#9: Global X Brazil Consumer ETF (BRAQ)

BRAQ follows the Solactive Brazil Consumer Index. This is the most popular in a series of Brazil ETFs launched by Global X at the same time which include: (BRAF: financials) and BRAZ, mid-cap ETFs). The fund was launched in July 2010. The expense ratio is .77%. AUM equal $37 million and average daily trading volume is 13K shares. As of late February 2012 the annual dividend is 1.26% and YTD performance was 23.47%. The one year return was 5.15%.

The clear positive is demographics in Brazil which indicate a young population with an expanding middle class. This makes the consumer sector more compelling. The fund trades commission free at ETrade and Interactive Brokers.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

BRAQ Top Ten Holdings & Weightings
  1. Hypermarcas S.A. (HYPE3): 5.70%
  2. Anhanguera Educacional Participacoes S.A. (AEDU3): 5.21%
  3. Raia Drogasil S.A. (RADL3): 5.09%
  4. Brazilian Distribution Company ADR (CBD): 4.96%
  5. Lojas Americanas S.A. Pfd Shs (LAME4): 4.93%
  6. Tam SA (TAM): 4.81%
  7. Lojas Renner S.A. (LREN3): 4.81%
  8. CIA Hering SA (HGTX3): 4.74%
  9. JBS SA (JBSS3): 4.65%
  10. Cosan Ltd (CZZ): 4.64%

#8: iShares Brazil Small-Cap ETF (EWZS)

EWZS follows the MSCI Brazil Small-Cap Index which measures the performance of the small cap Brazilian equities market. The fund was launched in September 2010. The expense ratio is .59%. AUM equal 57 million and average daily trading volume is 28K shares.

As of late February 2012 the annual dividend yield is 2.25% and YTD return 21.74%. The one year return was -1.53%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

EWZS Top Ten Holdings & Weightings
  1. Br Properties Sa (BRPR3): 5.41%
  2. CIA Saneamento De Minas Gerais-COPASA MG (CSMG3): 4.04%
  3. Marcopolo S.A. (POMO3): 3.53%
  4. Gafisa SA (GFSA3): 3.46%
  5. Iochpe-Maxion (MYPK3): 3.43%
  6. Estacio Participacoes S.A. (ESTC3): 2.34%
  7. Mills Estruturas e Servicos de Engenharia SA (MILS3): 2.33%
  8. Confab Industrial SA: 2.25%
  9. Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers S.A. (IGTA3): 2.22%
  10. Randon S.A. Implementos E Participacoes: 2.19%

#7: Global X Colombia ETF (GXG)

GXG follows the FTSE Colombia 20 Index is a market capitalization index of the most liquid 20 stocks in the Colombia market. The fund was launched in February 2009. The expense ratio is .78%. AUM equal $134 million and average daily trading volume is 163K shares. As of late February 2012 the annual dividend yield is 1.05% and YTD return 15.04%. The one year return was 5.67%.

The fund trades commission free at ETrade and Interactive Brokers. With the free trade agreement with the U.S. trade should improve in both directions.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

GXG Top Ten Holdings & Weightings
  1. Ecopetrol S.A. ADR (EC): 14.76%
  2. BanColombia SA ADR (CIB): 13.25%
  3. Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (PEGFF): 8.85%
  4. Grupo Aval Acciones Y Valores Grupo, Bogota: 6.09%
  5. Compania Colombiana De Inversiones SA, Bogota: 5.29%
  6. Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana SA (XGSUR): 5.07%
  7. Corporacion Financiera Colombiana SA: 4.64%
  8. Inversiones Argos: 4.60%
  9. Interconexion Electrica Sa Esp, Bogota: 4.60%
  10. Cementos Argos SA: 4.58%

#6: iShares Peru ETF (EPU)

EPU follows the MSCI All Peru Capped Index which measures the entire Peruvian market. The fund was launched in June 2009. The expense ratio is .62%. AUM equal $416 million and average daily trading volume is 234K shares. As of late February 2012 the annual dividend yield is 2.50% and YTD return 13.50%. The one year return was -6.48%.

The attraction for investors in Peru is the overwhelming mineral and precious metals resources the country offers in addition to good consumer demographics. Political conditions remain chaotic as usual.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

EPU Top Ten Holdings & Weightings
  1. Buenaventura Mining Company Inc. ADR (BVN): 18.35%
  2. Credicorp Ltd (BAP): 16.34%
  3. Southern Copper Corporation (SCCO): 10.55%
  4. Volcan, Compañia Minera S.A.A. (XVOLB): 4.84%
  5. Hochschild Mining PLC (HOC): 4.38%
  6. Alicorp S.A.A: 4.33%
  7. Minsur SA Minsur: 4.02%
  8. Grana Y Montero SA Gramon, Lima: 3.97%
  9. Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde Saa, Lima: 3.24%
  10. Intergroup Financial Services Corp: 3.14%

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