Your ETF Choices When Investing In China

Tom Lydon
updated | Author's Website

As a recovery slowly but surely takes hold in the United States, China and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) remain attractive and for good reason.

According to Patricia Oey at Morningstar, China’s Shanghai Composite Index is up 60% year-to-date, the nation is expecting to see GDP grow by 8% and price/earnings ratios for China ETFs are at year-to-date highs, around 18 times trailing 12-month earnings, but still below highs of around 28 times, reached in 2007.

When considering China it’s important to keep in mind both the political and economic risks involved in investing in an emerging market.  With the vast array of ETFs on the market, China is relatively easily accessible.

  • iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (FXI): up 52.5% year-to-date

  • SPDR S&P China (GXC): up 61% year-to-date; heavily weighted in financials, telecom and energy

  • PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China (PGJ): up 60.7% year-to-date; enables investors to invest in companies listed in the United States

  • Claymore/AlphaShares China Small Cap (HAO): up 91% year-to-date and offers investors fairly balanced sector weightings

  • Claymore/AlphaShares China All-Cap ETF (YAO): YAO launched on Oct. 19

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