Global X ASEAN 40 ETF ( ASEA) follows the FTSE/ASEAN 40 Index which measures the 40 largest companies in five ASEAN regions: Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. The fund was launched in February 2011. The expense ratio is .65%. AUM equal $20 million and average daily trading volume is near 25,000 shares. As of late July 2011 the annual dividend is negligible but year-to-date return is 14.20%. Data as of July 2011ASEA Top Ten Holdings and Weightings 1. Astra International Tbk: 6.09% 2. DBS Group Holdings, Ltd. (D05): 5.59% 3. Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Z74): 5.57% 4. Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd. (O39): 5.26% 5. United Overseas Bank Limited (U11): 5.17% 6. CIMB Group Holdings Berhad: 4.49% 7. Malayan Banking Bhd Maybank: 4.43% 8. Public Bank Berhad: 4.23% 9. Sime Darby Berhad (Malaysia): 3.75% 10. Keppel Corporation Limited (BN4): 3.27% For the last decade the Asia-Pacific region has offered the best prospects for economic growth and potential investment returns. These markets have been more volatile historically but have seen this become reduced in the past few years as markets have become more developed than previously. Some of this easing of volatility has been due to high degree of correlation of global sectors given high levels of liquidity from low levels of interest rates and easy money policies globally. Nevertheless, with better economic growth inflation fears will rise and authorities have been trying to contain these by increasing interest rates and/or raising reserves. There is a lot to choose from in terms of indexes linked to ETFs. Some are passive and duplicative relatively. It's essential to remember it remains a game of battleship for sponsors seeking to be first to a sector space or just being competitive in the space. This is their business interest apart which you must separate from your investment interest. Investors should note that in a rising market particularly ETFs linked to enhanced issues may tend to outperform conventional index linked issues. I've not done enough analysis to determine their relative performance during down market periods as some of these have yet to be tested in this regard. 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. For further information about portfolio structures using this or other ETFs see www.etfdigest.com. (Source for holding data is from ETF Database and from various sponsors.)
Investors in iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan Index Fund saw new options become available this week, for the February 20th expiration. At Stock Options Channel, our YieldBoost formula has looked up and down the EPP options chain for the new February 20th contracts and identified one put and one call contract of particular interest.
Looking today at week-over-week shares outstanding changes among the universe of ETFs covered at ETF Channel, one standout is the iShares MSCI Pacific ex Japan ETF where we have detected an approximate $78.5 million dollar outflow -- that's a 2.9% decrease week over week (from 61,500,000 to 59,700,000). START SLIDESHOW:Click here to find out which 9 other ETFs experienced notable outflows » The chart below shows the one year price performance of EPP, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, EPP's low point in its 52 week range is $42.36 per share, with $51.94 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $44.11.
Looking today at week-over-week shares outstanding changes among the universe of ETFs covered at ETF Channel, one standout is the iShares MSCI Pacific ex Japan ETF where we have detected an approximate $40.8 million dollar outflow -- that's a 1.4% decrease week over week (from 62,400,000 to 61,500,000). START SLIDESHOW:Click here to find out which 9 other ETFs experienced notable outflows » The chart below shows the one year price performance of EPP, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, EPP's low point in its 52 week range is $43.08 per share, with $51.94 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $45.02.