Best Performing Single Country ETFs Of 2017

March 01, 2017

Global X China Materials ETF (CHIM) is up 64.3%

CHIM invests in basic materials companies of all market capitalizations. Some of its subsector exposures include steel, metals and mining names, aluminum companies and chemicals.

According to our data, China’s basic materials industry is heavily concentrated on construction materials, but CHIM offers a more diversified portfolio. Construction materials represent only 11% of the overall mix, which also includes 15% allocation to steel, 13% to specialty mining and 11% to gold miners.

CHIM costs 0.65% in expense ratio for a portfolio that has 24 holdings. The fund, launched in 2010, has only $2.6 million in assets. 

iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU) is up 62.1%

In our ranking of the top 10, this is the only fund that’s not focused on Russia, Brazil or China. EPU offers exposure to Peru’s total market.

Peru is not an easy market to access due to its heavy concentration—our data show that only two Peruvian companies represent 90% of the market’s total capitalization. For the purposes of a diversified total-market ETF, EPU offers exposure that differs from a purely vanilla take on the market to bypass this heavy concentration problem.

What that means is that EPU isn’t as heavily allocated to financials as one might expect. The fund does have a lot of weighting in basic materials, at about 45%, which makes sense for Peru, which is known for its natural resources. Financials represent about 30%.

The fund, launched in 2009, has $258 million in assets. It costs 0.63% in expense ratio. 


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