Emerging market ETFs remain in focus for fund selectors amid high concentration in US equities and the potential for a weakening US dollar over the long-term.
However, with country risk being a more prominent driver of volatility than sectors or factors, questions arise over how to segment developing economies from the contrived ‘EM’ grouping, as well as red flags to watch for regarding political risk, whether institutions are facilitating free trade and the challenges of implementing EM exposures within a portfolio.
Front and centre in these discussions is the world’s second-largest economy, China, with fund selectors divided on how – or whether – to allocate to the market.
Fotios Kassianidis, executive director, head of indexed investments and solutions, MSCI
Saurabh Katiyar, executive director, head of index solutions research, EMEA, MSCI
John Redwood, chief global strategist, Charles Stanley
Sekar Indran, senior portfolio manager, equities, Titan Asset Management
Robert Starkey, portfolio manager, Schroders Investment Solutions
Philip Smeaton, head of investments, Oberon Investments
Scott Gardner, investment strategist, Nutmeg
Chair: Tom Eckett, editor, ETF Stream
This article first appeared in ETF Insider, ETF Stream's monthly ETF magazine for professional investors in Europe. To read the full edition, click here.