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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Van Eck Launches Vietnam ETF (VMN)

Van Eck has launched the first US traded ETF to focus on the Vietnamese market, adding to its impressive lineup of emerging market single country funds. The Van Eck Market Vectors Vietnam (VMN) tracks a custom index of equities from firms that generate more than 50% of their revenues in Vietnam.

The current 28 holdings place a heavy weighting on energy, materials, and financial names, most of which have small or middling market caps. The fund is expected to be in high demand as Vietnamese shares have been among the best performing in the world this year. The benchmark VN Index - which is broader than the one VNM tracks - is up 61% this year. Investors will pay a premium for access, however, as the fund carries a .99% expense ratio. By contrast, European investors pay only .85% for the db-x trackers FTSE Vietnam (XFVT).

The Vietnam fund is just the latest of Van Eck's single country emerging offerings, and follows on the strong success of the Market Vectors Indonesia (IDX) and Market Vectors Brazil Small Cap (BRF).

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