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A New ETF To Play India's Emergence

Van Eck recently announced the launch of the Market Vectors India Small-Cap Index ETF giving investors yet another way to access the emerging nation.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As investors continue to reap the benefits of growth in emerging markets, exchange-traded fund provider Van Eck recently announced the launch of the Market Vectors India Small-Cap Index ETF giving investors yet another way to access the emerging nation.

SCIF seeks to replicate the performance of the Market Vectors India Small-Cap Index which provides exposure to publicly traded companies that are headquartered in India or that generate the majority of their revenue in the country. Additionally, the index utilizes a float-adjusted modified market capitalization weighting methodology to determine holdings.

As for a sector breakdown, the index allocates 26.8% of its assets to industrials, 20.4% to financials, 13.7% to materials, 12.2% to information technology and 11.8% to consumer discretionary. The index has 122 holdings, with



Sintex Industries

as its top two holdings.

The beauty behind SCIF is that it allows investors to invest in smaller companies in India, which tend to have more localized businesses and earnings growth. Looking ahead, as purchasing power of the Indian consumer increases and the middle class continues to widen, consumer spending will follow and smaller companies will benefit.

Another way for investors to play the small-cap market in India is through the

EGShares India Small-Cap


, which aims to replicate the price and yield performance of the Indxx India Small Cap Index. The Indxx India Small Cap Index is a free float market-capitalization-weighted stock market index made up of a representative sample of 75 Indian companies that are domiciled in India, which allocates 12.59% of its assets to commercial banks and 8.67% to IT services.

For those looking to gain access to large-cap Indian stocks like

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Written by Kevin Grewal in Houston


Grewal has no positions in the securities mentioned


Kevin Grewal is the founder, editor and publisher of

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