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Barclays Global Investors, the world’s largest provider of exchange traded funds, says seen investors’ appetite for emerging markets has declined as they flock to iShares ETFs offering exp

Barclays Global Investors, the world’s largest provider of exchange traded funds, says seen investors’ appetite for emerging markets has declined as they flock to iShares ETFs offering exposure to European and international developed equities.

Over the six weeks from June 9 to July 8, BGI says, it has seen inflows of more than USD3bn billion into European and international developed equities iShares ETFs.

‘The second quarter of 2008 has seen the market focus on the strong possibility of a global slowdown and, indeed for some countries, recession,’ says Andrea Morresi, head of sales for iShares Europe.

‘As this slowdown occurs, all regions will be affected, but some more than others. The areas most affected are those that have had the strongest run beforehand, for example emerging markets such as China.

‘Emerging Asian economies have seen the brunt of this sell-off, falling further than their developed counterparts. For example, the equity markets in Vietnam are nearly down 60 per cent and China down 50 per cent since October 2007.

‘The risk premium in emerging economies, which plays out to an advantage in a bull market, is showing its other side in a downturn, as is reflected in the increased appetite of iShares for European and international developed equities and significantly less for emerging markets.’

Barclays Global Investors is a global provider of investment management products and services, with more than 2,900 institutional clients and USD2trn in assets under management. Creator of the first index strategy in 1971 and the first quantitative active strategy in 1979, BGI is the global leader in ETFs with more than 320 iShares funds for institutions and individuals worldwide at the end of last year.

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