ETFTimes: September 27-October 1

Virtually all top performing ETFs for last week were fuelled by higher crude prices, while agricultural commodities trackers underperformed.

Morningstar ETF Analysts 5 October, 2010 | 5:57PM
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iShares listed three ETFs on the Deutsche Börse. The equity ETFs track single-country MSCI indices for Australia, Canada and South Africa. At first sight, the three countries seem to have little in common, but a closer inspection reveals that the country's equity markets are dominated by financial services and commodity companies. In the case of the MSCI Australia Index, about 70% of the index is allocated to these sectors, while they represent more than 80% of the MSCI Canada Index, and more than half of the MSCI South Africa Index. The annual total expense ratio (TER) is 0.59% for both the MSCI Australia and MSCI Canada ETFs. The MSCI South Africa ETF levies a TER of 0.74%.

Lyxor listed 10 ETFs on the Deutsche Börse and the London Stock Exchange. The equity funds track global sector indices based on the MSCI World index. These sectors include telecoms (LSE ticker symbol: TELW), utilities (UTIW), materials (MATW), healthcare (HLTW), IT (TNOW), industrials (INDW), energy (NRGW), consumer staples (DISW), financials (FINW) and consumer discretionary (DISW). The annual total expense ratio (TER) for each of these ETFs is 0.45%. The funds are listed in both Pounds Sterling and US dollars.

HSBC launched an ETF tracking the MSCI Emerging Markets Far East Index on the London Stock Exchange. The physical-replication fund tracks the performance of the largest companies from China (equities available on the Hong Kong Exchange), Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. The ETF is listed in both Pounds Sterling (LSE ticker symbol: HMFE) and US dollars (HMFD), and it charges a TER of 0.60%. HSBC plans to list this fund on additional exchanges in the coming months.

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