Types of ETFs (Part 1)

Other than index and sector ETFs, there are other types of ETF which allow investors to invest.

Regional & Country ETFs

ETFs are available if investors are interested to invest in other regional markets index such as the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China), or indexes in different countries, such as Japan, Germany and Hong Kong.

Below are some of the ETFs:

Ticker Symbol Market Type
BIK S&P BRIC 40 Index
FEU STOXX Europe 50 Index
AIA S&P Asia 50 Index
GML S&P/Citigroup BMI Latin America Index
GAF S&P/Citigroup BMI Middle East & Africa Index
VWO MSCI Emerging Markets Stock
MCHI MSCI China Index
RBL S&P Russia Capped BMI Index
EWJ MSCI Japan Index
EWH MSCI Hong Kong Index
EWA MSCI Australia Index
EWG MSCI Germany Index
EWS MSCI Singapore Index
EWM MSCI Malaysia Index

More information can be found from companies below who manage the ETFs :

Inverse ETFs

ETFs are available if investors are interested to make gains by betting against the direction of the market. In order words, short selling by buying the ETF. So let say you feel that S&P 500 index is going to fall due to some kind of financial shock news, and you decide buy ProShares Short S&P500 (ETF). So when S&P 500 index drop points, you make money.

A good scenario would be during a bear market, where all the stocks and indexes are declining. Instead of selling away the holding stocks which give investors high dividend yield, investors can buy inverse ETF to hedge against potential capital losses.

Below are some of the inverse ETFs:

Ticker Symbol Market Type
SH Short S&P500 Index
DOG Short DOW 30 Index
PSQ Short NASDAQ-100 Index
EUM Short MSCI Emerging Market Index
RWM Short Russell 2000 Index
YXI Short FTSE Xinhua China 25
SBM Short Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index
DDG Short Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index
REK Short Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index

More information can be found from company below who manage the above inverse ETFs :

http://www.proshares.com/

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