Malaysia's GDP At 3-Year High: ETFs In Focus


Let us now discuss the ETFs providing exposure to Malaysian equities.


iShares MSCI Malaysia ETF (EWM - Free Report)


This fund is a pure play on Malaysia and is appropriate for those looking to gain exposure to this emerging market nation.


EWM has AUM of $446.4 million and charges a fee of 48 basis points a year. From a sector look, Financials, Utilities and Industrials are the top three allocations of the fund, with 31.4%, 14.7% and 14.6% exposure, respectively (as of Nov 17, 2017). From an individual holdings perspective, Public Bank, Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Malayan Banking are the top three holdings of the fund, with 12.5%, 10.7%, and 7.0% allocation, respectively (as of Nov 17, 2017). The fund has returned 15.5% year to date and 9.6% in a year (as of Nov 20, 2017). EWM currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) with a Medium risk outlook.


We will now compare the performance of EWM with a broad-based South East Asian ETF, ASEA.


Global X Southeast Asia ETF (ASEA - Free Report)


This fund provides broad exposure to the five members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, namely Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. It is appropriate for investors looking for diversified exposure to South East Asia.


ASEA is less popular with AUM of $16.2 million and charges a fee of 65 basis points a year. From a geographical perspective, the fund has 30.1% exposure to Singapore, 22.2% to Malaysia, 22.1% to Thailand, 19.2% to Indonesia and 6.5% to the Philippines (as of Sep 30, 2017).Financials, Telecommunication Services and Industrials are the top three sectors of the fund, with a 46.2%, 14.8% and 8.3% allocation, respectively (as of Sep 30, 2017). DBS Group Holdings Ltd, Oversea-Chinese Banking Ltd and United Overseas Bank Ltd are the top three holdings of the fund, with an allocation of 8.0%, 7.2% and 6.0%, respectively (as of Nov 20, 2017). The fund has returned 25.9% in a year and 27.9% year to date (as of Nov 20, 2017). ASEA currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) with a Medium risk outlook.

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