This week’s ETF Talk moves on to another new category of top-performing exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The funds of the next three ETF Talks fall under the emerging markets category and offer the three best-performing ETFs for the first half of the year in that category.
The first and foremost is Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (CNXT).
If you can recall the first half of this year, it should come as no surprise that a fund focused on China tops this list. In fact, only two funds in the top 10 on this metric don’t focus on China; however, each of the top three funds that will be covered in the next several ETF Talk articles provide a different take on the Asian giant.
CNXT invests in Chinese companies listed on the small and medium enterprise (SME) and ChiNext boards of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The ChiNext board consists of fast-growing and innovative, usually high-tech, companies (much like the American Nasdaq Index), while the SME is focused on smaller companies.
Although China’s market has suffered greatly since the midpoint of 2015, in the first half of the year, this fund performed strongly, posting a 64.73% gain. With only $53.9 million in assets managed, CNXT falls beneath my recommended threshold for investment.
However, this ETF’s strategy is one that is worth bringing to your attention. The more knowledge you have as an investor, the better you can make informed decisions.
In regards to diversification, 28.8% of this fund’s assets compose its top 10 largest holdings. This list contains Eternal Asia Supply Chain Management Ltd., 4.95%; Suning Appliance Co. Ltd., 3.87%; Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. Ltd., 3.23%; East Money Information Co. Ltd., 3.11%; and Beijing Kangde Xin Composite Material Co. Ltd., 2.88%. The most dominant sector holdings for the fund are in technology, industrials and consumer cyclicals.
Although the Chinese market is battered, it eventually may move back into investors’ good graces. If history is any indication, Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (CNXT) could be a solid beneficiary of such a shift.
Remember to look for the current price, volume, performance and top 10 holdings of CNXT at ETFU.com.
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