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List of Frontier Market ETFs

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Interest in Frontier Markets has increased over the last few years, prompting investors and issuers alike to find methods of investing in these markets. Given the general difficulty in trading shares due to restricted access and liquidity problems, exchange traded funds (ETFs) tend to be the best way for interested parties to add a degree of Frontier Market exposure to their portfolios.

Frontier Market News will focus primarily on ETFs that have a significant proportion of their holdings in Frontier Markets (there may me a few Emerging Market ETFs with a traceable amount of Frontier Market holdings, but these will not be considered). The tables below split the Frontier Market ETFs into three categories:
Global – these ETFs have holdings in multiple countries across the world in order to gain exposure across a wide variety of nations.
Regional – these ETFs usually allow exposure into a specific continent or region. They are not as wide ranging as global ETFs, but they are much more broad than country-specific ETFs.
Country-Specific – these ETFs focus on one particular country, allowing investors to pinpoint the exact nation that they want to increase their exposure to.

The tables also have Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) scores from MSCI and Sustainability scores from Morningstar (where applicable in both cases) for those who are interested in ESG investing.

(last update: 28th October 2020)

 

Global
Frontier Market ETFs

 

 

 

 

 

 

ETFs that have holdings in multiple countries across the
world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Ticker

YTD return

1yr Return

3yr Return

MSCI ESG Score

Morningstar Sustainability Score

DB
X-Trackers S&P Select Frontier Swap UCITS ETF

XSFD

-16.77%

-9.27%

-4.75%

AA

Global X Next
Emerging & Frontier ETF

EMFM

-15.79%

-14.62%

-7.01%

BBB

2 out of 5

iShares
MSCI Frontier 100 ETF

FM

-9.95%

-3.40%

-2.48%

DWS
S&P Select Frontier Swap UCITS ETF

XSFR

-15.96%

-11.58%

-4.61%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional
Frontier Market ETFs

 

 

 

 

 

 

ETFs that focus primarily on Frontier Markets in
specific regions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Ticker

YTD return

1yr Return

3yr Return

MSCI ESG Score

Morningstar Sustainability Score

Cloud
Atlas AMI Real Estate ex-SA ETF

AMIRE

-15.04%

-29.92%

 

Cloud
Atlas Big50 ex-SA ETF

AMIB50

-24.81%

-25.62%

-15.45%

A

VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF

AFK

-10.72%

-5.58%

-5.08%

A

2 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country-Specific
Frontier Market ETFs

 

 

 

 

 

 

ETFs that focus on one particular country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Ticker

YTD return

1yr Return

3yr Return

MSCI ESG Score

Morningstar Sustainability Score

DB
X-Trackers FTSE Vietnam Swap UCITS ETF

XVTD

3.18%

-2.34%

5.25%

A

Expat
Bulgaria Short SOFIX ETF

BGX

-22.72%

-25.20%

 

Expat
Bulgaria SOFIX UCITS ETF

BGX

-24.42%

-25.76%

-16.63%

Expat
Croatia CROBEX UCITS ETF

ECDC

-24.49%

-25.37%

 

Expat
Macedonia MBI10 UCITS ETF

MKK1

-0.27%

3.97%

 

Expat Romania
BET UCITS ETF

ROX

-9.41%

-9.58%

 

Expat
Slovakia SAX UCITS ETF

SK9A

-6.84%

-9.48%

 

Expat
Slovenia SBI TOP UCITS ETF

SLQX

-12.49%

-8.89%

 

Global X MSCI
Argentina ETF

ARGT

-7.90%

9.16%

-7.50%

BBB

2 out of 5

Global X MSCI
Nigeria ETF

NGE

-20.40%

-14.88%

-16.79%

BBB

1 out of 5

Invesco
MSCI Kuwait ETF

MKUW

-11.50%

-2.75%

 

iShares
MSCI Argentina and Global Exposure ETF

AGT

-6.88%

10.62%

-6.97%

BBB

2 out of 5

iShares
MSCI Kuwait ETF

KWT

4.47%

 

 

iShares
MSCI Peru ETF

EPU

-16.41%

-10.77%

-7.66%

BBB

Premia MSCI Vietnam ETF

2804

0.70%

-3.86%

 

VanEck Vectors Vietnam ETF

VNM

-5.72%

-6.75%

-1.11%

 

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