A Closer Look At Investors’ ETF Options In Southeast Asia

We spoke about the “Land Down Under” in this column on Friday, and visited several Australia Equity based funds.

We also touched on the lone ETF listing that tracks the New Zealand stock market, and today we geographically move a bit north of Australia and into the Asia Pacific region.

Specifically we see ETF representatives of Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia that we will take a look at it today, with some of these being very tenured funds. EWS (iShares MSCI Singapore, Expense Ratio 0.48%, $548 million in AUM) debuted back in March of 1996 and trades about 500,000 shares on an average daily basis. Financials are the dominant sector allocation at 37%, followed by Real Estate (19%), Industrials (18%), and lesser allocations to other sectors.

Malaysia is also represented by an iShares veteran known as EWM (iShares MSCI Malaysia, Expense Ratio 0.48%, $418 million in AUM), which also first started trading in 1996, while Indonesia actually has more than one investment alternative in EIDO (iShares MSCI Indonesia, Expense Ratio 0.63%, $485 million in AUM) and IDX (VanEck Vectors Indonesia, Expense Ratio 0.58%, $82 million in AUM).

Like Singapore, Financials are also the top sector allocation in both Malaysia and Indonesia. EWS is within a few cents of a new 52-week high this morning while EWM, EIDO, and IDX still have some work to do.


The iShares MSCI Singapore Index Fund ETF (NYSE:EWS) was trading at $23.78 per share on Monday morning, down $0.03 (-0.13%). Year-to-date, EWS has gained 19.32%, versus a 6.89% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

EWS currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #14 of 75 ETFs in the Asia Pacific Equities Ex-China ETFs category.

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About the Author: Paul Weisbruch

paul-weisbruchPaul Weisbruch is the VP of ETF/Options Sales and Trading at Street One Financial. Prior to joining the team at Street One, Paul served as the Director of RIA and Institutional ETF Sales at RevenueShares ETFs from December 2007 until November of 2009. Before RevenueShares, Paul was employed by Susquehanna International Group from 2000 until 2007 serving in roles including OTC/NYSE Institutional Block Trading, Nasdaq/OTC Market Making, ETF/Derivatives Intelligence and Strategy, Algorithmic Trading, as well as acting as the PHLX Floor Specialist in the ETFs, SPY and DIA.Paul has been actively involved in the ETF space from both a product and trading standpoint since 2000. Additionally, Paul has well forged relationships with national RIAs, institutional pension fund managers and consultants, mutual fund and hedge fund managers, and also the ETF media. Co-authoring the “S1F ETF Daily” since 2009, the daily piece has become a must for many portfolio managers in the ETF space, with segments regularly appearing in the likes of Barron’s, WSJ, and ETFTrends.com for instance.

He holds his Series 4 (Registered Options Principal), 6, 7, 55 (Equity Trader), 63, and 65 licenses. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S. – Economics), graduating magna cum laude, and has an MBA from Villanova University.