Global X Funds, the New York-based provider of exchange-traded funds, has launched the Global X Brazil Financials ETF.
This is the first ETF to offer targeted access to the rapidly growing Brazilian financial sector.
The ETF tracks the Solactive Brazil Financials Index, which is designed to track the performance of the Brazilian financial sector.
As of 20 July 2010, the largest index components were banks Itau Unibanco, Banco Bradesco and Banco do Brasil.
The financial sector in Brazil is large and benefits from a decade of restructuring. Brazilian loan portfolio values far exceed that of any other Latin American country, and are five-fold higher than second-ranking country Mexico, according to BNamericas data. Brazilian M&A deals reported by Dealogic in Q1 2010 were worth USD37.8bn and double the deal flow posted a year ago. Financial investment in Brazil is expected to grow by 22 per cent annually through year 2020, according to Itau Unibanco.
"Brazil is establishing itself as the financial center of the region, thanks to strong macroeconomic trends over the past half decade of decreasing fiscal debt and unemployment, rising credit and industrial production," says Bruno del Ama, chief executive of Global X Funds. "Such trends plus favourable projections give a solid platform for financial sector growth going forward. The Global X Brazil Financial ETF provides efficient access to these themes."
The Brazil Financials ETF is part of a family of Brazil ETFs, which includes the Global X Brazil Consumer ETF and Brazil Mid Cap ETF that were recently launched on 8 July and 22 June, respectively. Other members of the fund family yet to launch include the Brazil industrials, materials, and utilities ETFs.