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ETF Awards: Best, Worst and What to Watch in 2014

By Eric Balchunas - 2013-12-19T16:50:25Z

Photograph by Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

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What to Watch in 2014

Emerging Markets 2.0

The definition of an emerging-market ETF is evolving beyond the BRIC set of Brazil, Russia, India and China. Exchange-traded funds like the SPDR MSCI EM Beyond BRIC (EMBB) and the Global X Next & Frontier ETF (EMFM) aim to capture some of the more truly “emerging” countries such as Mexico, Thailand and Poland. In addition, ETFs such as the fast-growing EGShares Emerging Markets Consumer ETF (ECON) allow investors to play the “rise of the middle class” and “domestic demand” stories within emerging markets. Another rising star is the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF (EEMV), which aims to give skittish investors a smoother ride. These innovative products are the reason the popular BRIC-heavy VWO and EEM saw their share of emerging-market assets decline this year by a combined 5 percent.