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Trading The Globe With ETFs

Friday, 26 Jun 2009 | 5:44 PM ET

It seems more and more investors are looking to emerging markets as a hotbed of opportunity. It stands to reason that the profit potential could be enormous as millions rise from poverty and join the ranks of the middle class.

According to the Nasdaq website, the amount of assets currently in emerging markets is around $365 billion – with a sold third of that is invested in ETFs.

In fact, the number of available funds from this category have risen from 99 to 111, according to the Nasdaq.

They say part of the ETF appeal is that they typically carry lower fees than mutual funds.

So if you’re looking to place a bet on emerging markets, ETFs might be the way to play as long as you do your homework and come up with entry and exit points. (In a mutual fund the money manager takes care of that for you.)

So what’s the trade?

For insights we turned to Mike Gurka of EmpowerGlobal Funds. He told Fast Money his favorite emerging market ETFs are Taiwan, South Africa, Brazil.

Gurka feels like these ETFs are a smart way to play "the dynamic of where growth is right now." However it’s worth noting that these ETFs can be volatile. “Don’t go out and try and day trade these things,” Gurka adds.

I’ve got my eye on the new Peru ETF adds Tim Seymour. "But do your homework and understand the components."



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