On Friday morning, the NYSE halted trading in three Russian ETFs: Franklin FTSE Russia ETF (FLRU), iShares MSCI Russia ETF (ERUS) and Direxion Daily Russia Bull 2X Shares (RUSL). These halts were for "regulatory concern": They are not suspensions or delistings. The VanEck Russia ETF (RSX) trades on a separate exchange and as of 7:57 a.m. ET is still trading.
Several brief years ago, the growth of indexes and the corresponding expansion of exchange-traded funds allowed investors to put money into parts of the world that were largely inaccessible. Whole regions of the world and even individual countries suddenly became investable.
Now, it seems, that is starting to reverse.