iShares emerging market ETFs

The iShares' Emerging Markets suite has a comprehensive range of funds in the ETF industry and provides multiple ways to capture broad exposure, express specific themes or views on markets that are increasingly accessible to international investment.

Capital at risk: All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of your investment and the income from it will vary and your initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed.

Why ETFs for Emerging Markets

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Provides direct access to broad emerging markets

Help to enable investors to express specific regional views within emerging markets

  • Help to enable investors to express specific single country views
  • Building blocks for your portfolio asset allocation

Seek to provide investors with diversified exposure to broad emerging markets with less volatility than funds which track standard, market-capitalisation weighted indices.

Provides targeted exposure to specific investment style or themes in emerging markets

Helps to enable investors to achieve specific investment goals: as a core investment in any portfolio that includes a mandate for EM bond exposure as an efficient beta vehicle (versus derivatives) as an additional source of potential yield and diversification

Diversification

Transparency

Emerging markets can be combined with other asset classes in a portfolio to achieve a desired level of diversification. EM ETFs track benchmark indices which usually have a minimum level of diversification, so returns can be less likely to be influenced by a single security. Diversification and asset allocation may not fully protect the investor from market risk and it will not eliminate the risks of investing.

Investors can see exactly what they own, as ETFs holdings are displayed and updated daily.

Cost-efficiency

Liquidity

ETFs offer a cost-effective route to emerging markets exposure which can otherwise be prohibitively expensive to access due to difficulty in accessing some markets that are subject to additional costs. Emerging markets can be volatile, so it is important that the investor has suitable knowledge and understanding in the market which they are investing in.

Continuous trading on regulated exchanges means that ETFs benefit from transparent secondary market liquidity. This liquidity allows investors to trade in-and-out quickly and cost-effectively. It is important to note that liquidity is not guaranteed and that investments can be impacted by movement in the market which can affect trading and associated costs.

  • Efficiency and access

    ETFs are traded on stock exchanges, so adding to an investment is just as straightforward as taking away. Keep in mind that at times emerging market funds may be more difficult to buy and sell than developed market funds. When buying and selling ETFs, it is important to remember that transaction or brokerage fees will apply and that liquidity is not guaranteed.

  • Cost effectiveness

    ETFs may have low costs compared with other types of investment funds.

  • Diversification

    ETFs offer access to a world of investing ideas. They cover a broad range of asset classes, sectors and geographies and each ETF gives exposure to a range of securities, all within a single trade. This could help to spread risk and avoids putting all your eggs in one basket. ETFs are not guaranteed products – Capital at risk. All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of your investment and the income from it will vary and your initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed.

  • Transparency

    With iShares ETFs, you can see on a daily basis what securities the fund holds, how it’s performing and associated costs.

Capital at Risk. All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of your investment and the income from it will vary and your initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed.