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ETF Talk: Are Chinese Technology Companies Future Asian Tigers?

In keeping with last weekâ??s theme of highlighting international technology companies, todayâ??s ETF Talk focuses on China. Indeed, China is the worldâ??s most populous country and its people increasingly have money to spend on the latest smartphones, computers and other devices. U.S. companies such as Apple are placing big bets on the Chinese consumer, but there also are Chinese companies seeking to gain market share. An exchange-traded fund (ETF) which tracks these Chinese technology companies is the Guggenheim China Technology (CQQQ).

This non-diversified fund seeks investment results which, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the performance of an index designed to track publically traded technology companies that are based in mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau and are open to foreign investors.

Following a solid 9.25% jump last year, CQQQ has risen 3.14% so far this year. For those of you interested in additional income, this ETF offers a 1.85% dividend yield. However, now may not be the best time to invest in CQQQ: technology stocks usually fall heading into the summer months, and China recently has had a few minor stumbles, such as slowing economic growth. Still, keeping an eye on this fund would be a good idea, both from an educational standpoint, and potentially to buy when CQQQ is ready to rise steadily again.

Since CQQQ is a technology ETF, the vast majority of its holdings, 85.08%, are in that sector. The fundâ??s remaining assets are in various sectors that either support or are benefitted by technological infrastructure: utilities, 4.62%; industrials, 4.57%; basic materials, 3.24%; healthcare, 1.60%; and communication services, 0.90%.

The top ten individual companies held by CQQQ make up 59.66% of the fundâ??s total assets. As an ETF focused on Chinese entities, CQQQ holds several companies not frequently traded on American exchanges. These companies include its top two holdings, Tencent Holdings Ltd., 8.84%; and Lenovo Group, Ltd., 7.67%. The remaining members of this ETFâ??s top five companies are: NetEase, Inc., 7.46%; Baidu, Inc., 7.18%; and Sina Corporation, 6.26%.

As I wrote earlier, the current economic slowdown in China is among the factors that cause me not to recommend the fund at this time. Rather, letâ??s monitor CQQQ and not invest hard-earned money in the ETF right now. It could be quite beneficial to keep an eye on this fund, since China has massive potential for continued technological growth.

Meanwhile, if you want my advice about buying and selling specific ETFs, including appropriate stop losses, please consider subscribing to my Successful Investing newsletter. As always, I am happy to answer any of your questions about ETFs, so do not hesitate to email me by clicking here. You just may see your question answered in a future ETF Talk.

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Doug Fabian is the editor of Successful Investing and High Monthly Income, and is the host of the syndicated radio show, "Doug Fabian's Wealth Strategies." Taking over the reigns from his dad, Dick Fabian, back in 1992, Doug has continued to uphold the reputation of the newsletter as the #1 risk-adjusted market timer as ranked by Hulbertâ??s Investment Digest. For more than 30 years, Successful Investing (formerly the Telephone Switch Newsletter) has produced double-digit annual gains. Doug has become known for his expert knowledge and timely use of innovative tools like Exchange Traded Funds, bear funds and Enhanced Index funds to profit in any market climate.

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