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London-listed ETFs offer exposure to new frontier markets


Deutsche Bank’s exchange-traded fund business, db x-trackers, has listed its first two ETFs tracking so-called frontier markets on the London Stock Exchange.

Deutsche Bank’s exchange-traded fund business, db x-trackers, has listed its first two ETFs tracking so-called frontier markets on the London Stock Exchange. The db x-trackers Select Frontier ETF and db x-trackers Vietnam ETF track the FTSE Vietnam Index and the S&P Select Frontier Index respectively, offering investors exposure to new emerging markets.

The db x-trackers Vietnam ETF provides investors with access to the Vietnam financial market, which has experienced significant growth in recent years. The FTSE Vietnam Index represents the performance of Vietnamese companies trading on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange.

The S&P Select Frontier Index comprises 30 of the largest and most liquid stocks from countries that have smaller economies or less developed capital markets than traditional emerging markets and are therefore excluded from most emerging market benchmarks and funds. The db x-trackers Select Frontier ETF will provide access to countries such as Bulgaria, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Panama and the United Arab Emirates.

‘These two ETFs are the continuation of our objective to deliver innovative new products that are efficient and easy to access for both retail and institutional investors,’ says Manooj Mistry, head of db x-trackers UK. ‘The new ETFs allow investors access to the new wave of emerging markets and with low fees, full flexibility and proven efficient tracking, they are an attractive proposition to all investors.’

Imogen Dillon Hatcher, managing director of FTSE for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, says: ‘FTSE is recognised globally as a respected equity index provider and prides itself on working closely with issuers to precisely understand their needs. The FTSE Vietnam Index allows db x-trackers to develop an innovative and specialised product that appeals directly to investors.’

Reid Steadman, head of global ETFs at Standard & Poor’s, says: ‘The development of the S&P Select Frontier Index continues the initiative of Standard & Poor’s to produce indices that make more asset classes and strategies accessible to investors. As a result of this collaboration, investors can further enhance their global equity allocation through frontier markets.’

The S&P Select Frontier ETF has a Management Fee of 0.95 per cent and the Vietnam ETF of 0.85 per cent

Deutsche launched the db x-trackers platform in January last year. The ETFs are listed on stock exchanges across Europe – Euronext Paris, Borsa Italiana, Frankfurt Xetra, the London Stock Exchange and SWX Swiss Exchange – and are supported by a number of market makers providing liquidity in the ETFs.

With more than 70 products, Deutsche Bank is the third largest issuer of ETFs in Europe. The db x-trackers ETFs range covers various asset classes of equity, bond, credit, currency, money market and commodity indices and includes innovative products such as the first ETF on a short index, ETFs on credit default swap indices and the first ETF on a money market interest rate.

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