Rounding out the category of the top three emerging market exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the first half of this year is another Chinese small-cap fund, iShares MSCI China Small-Cap ETF (ECNS).
Rather than focus on any specific market exchange, this fund holds a swath of Chinese small-cap companies. During the Chinese bubble earlier this year, the performance of ECNS ranked among the strongest emerging market funds because small-cap stocks tend to make bigger moves than their larger counterparts.
Assets managed for this fund at the mid-year mark totaled $48.39 million. This amount falls beneath my recommended threshold for investment. However, this ETFâ??s strategy is one that is worth bringing to your attention. My view is that the more knowledge you have as an investor, the better you can make informed decisions.
A return of 27.63% from January to June earned this fund its position as the third-best emerging market fund for the first half of 2016. It also added a 2.77% yield to its total return during that time. As the chart below shows, this strong performance has not held up in recent months.
The top 10 largest positions in this fund comprise 11.01% of those assets. The top five of these are Shenzhen International Holdings Ltd., 1.42%; Sunny Optical Technology Ltd., 1.25%; Skyworth Digital Holdings Ltd., 1.21%; Minth Group Ltd., 1.10%; and China Traditional Chinese Medicine Co. Ltd., 1.08%. The most prominent sector holdings for ECNS are in consumer cyclicals, technology and real estate.
If you expect a turnaround in Chinese small caps, iShares MSCI China Small-Cap ETF (ECNS) could be a good way to gain broad exposure to that market segment.
Remember to look for the current price, volume, performance and top 10 holdings ofÂ ECNS at ETFU.com.
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