- CSOP Source FTSE China A50 UCITS ETF GBP (LSE:CHNP) Total Expense Ratio (TER) 1.15%
Bluntly this ETF is too expensive. If you want to invest in Chinese A-shares, you could go for the Lyxor CSI 300 UCITS ETF (LSE:CNIL) , which has a TER of just 0.4% a year, so a much cheaper option. It tracks a different index, the CSI 300, but this is once again an index that comprises 'A' shares listed on Shanghai or Shenzen. Obviously the big difference with the FTSE China 50 index is that the CSI index is made up of more stocks.
- Boost Copper 3x Leverage Daily ETP (LSE:3HCL) TER 0.99%
It's worth noting that this is an Exchange Traded Product (ETP) rather than an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). That's because most single-commodity funds don't get approval to be ETFs because they're seen as riskier options.
The product is also very risky because its leveraged nature means that you can lose a lot of money very quickly if the price of copper moves against you. What's more, although the performance of the ETP should be closely linked to the performance of the copper price over a period of days or weeks, that linkage breaks down over longer periods for technical reasons. So this product is really only suitable for risk-tolerant and experienced traders.
Boost run a range of similar leveraged ETPs for other commodities.
In terms of price, clearly this is way higher than for most other ETFS and ETPs, but you won't get this level of leverage elsewhere. ETF Securities offers some cheaper leveraged commodity-based products, but none of them offer 3x leverage.
- db x-trackers S&P Select Frontiers UCITS ETF USD (LSE:XSFD) TER 0.95%
This ETF tracks 40 of the largest and most liquid stocks in the S&P Extended Frontier 150, which is made up of stocks in 36 frontier markets.
A TER of 0.95% isn't cheap but buying shares in frontier markets will be a more expensive process than investing in the likes of HSBC on the FTSE 100. There also isn't much passive competition for db x-trackers in this area and when you look at rival active funds, they also have very high costs. For example, the highly-regarded Black Rock Frontiers Investment Trust has a TER of 1.51%.
- ETFS-E Fund MSCI China A GO UCITS ETF GBP (LSE: CASE) TER - 0.91%
Once again, the Lyxor CSI 300 UCITS ETF (LSE:CNIL) looks a better bet thanks to its lower TER at 0.4%.
- LAM ZyFin Global Markets UCITS ETF plc Alternatif ZyFin Turkey Sovereign Bonds UCITS ETF (LSE: TURK) TER - 0.89%
- db x-trackers FTSE Vietnam UCITS ETF 1C (LSE:XVTD) TER - 0.85%
There are no other ETFs that are solely focused on Vietnam, so if you're very keen to invest in Vietnam, you may be willing to pay 0.85% a year. But in my view, you're better off investing in a wider emerging markets ETF with lower charges.
- db x-trackers MSCI Bangladesh IM Index UCITS ETF 1C (LSE:XBAN) TER - 0.85%
- db x-trackers MSCI Pakistan IM index UCITS ETF 1C (LSE:XBAK) TER - 0.85%
- db x-trackers Nifty 50 UCITS ETF 1C (GBP) (LSE:XNIF) TER - 0.85%
- Lyxor MSCI India UCITS ETF (GBP) (LSE:INRL) TER - 0.85%
For more ETF ideas, read Four top emerging markets ETFs.