One of the hottest names in the investing world in 2020 was Cathie Wood, CEO of Ark Funds. The legendary fund manager had some of the best performing ETFs of the year and also saw strong inflows of money put into her actively managed funds.
In our 2021 outlook, we unveiled a visual highlighting the “K-shaped” nature of the COVID era, as seen below. In this report, we’ll share our thoughts on these divergences; including which are likely to persist, and which are already starting to converge.
In modest allocations, emerging markets assets are functional in retirement portfolios and that’s particularly true on the fixed income side. Enter the VanEck Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF ( EMLC A- ). EMLC seeks to replicate the price and yield performance of the J.P. Morgan GBI -EM Global Core Index.
Entering 2021, it was widely expected that emerging markets assets would continue penning the redemption story they started late last year. That scenario could prove rewarding for active managers. The Federal Reserve’s commitment to keep rates low could keep on fueling a weaker dollar.
The Federal Reserve chose to keep rates in check yesterday. The U.S. dollar unexpectedly rose following the announcement, but it could be short-lived, warranting the case for a dollar hedging strategy through ETFs like the Xtrackers MSCI EAFE Hedged Equity ETF ( DBEF B+ ). “With the Federal Reserve holding its first monetary policy meeting of the year, it would be easy to attribute today’s U.S. dollar rally to the central bank’s comments,” writes Kathy Lien for Investing.com
After the U.S., China is home to the most robust collection of companies credibly sporting the disruptive growth and innovative labels. What Happened : Those traits are captured in a new exchange-traded fund: The KraneShares SSE STAR Market 50 Index ETF (NYSE: KSTR ). The newest addition to KraneShares famed lineup of China and emerging market ETFs, KSTR tracks the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) Science and Technology Innovation Board 50 Index. “The Index is comprised of the 50 largest companies listed on the SSE Science and Technology Innovation Board (STAR Market) as determined by market capitalization and liquidity,” according to KraneShares .