Global X Launches 1st Brazilian Mid-Cap Fund

For those of you looking for extreme asset allocation in emerging markets, Global X says its new ETF is the first in the world to offer targeted access to medium-sized Brazilian companies.

The Global X Brazil Mid Cap ETF (BRAZ) tracks the Solactive Brazil Mid Cap Index, which holds 40 companies with market capitalizations between $2 billion to $10 billion. The fund, which launched Tuesday on the NYSE Arca, charges a 0.69% expense ratio. These are the top holdings: cosmetics company Natura Cosmeticos, aeronautics company Embraer, real estate firm Cyrela Brazil Realty, mobile tech company Tele Norte Leste, food distributor Hypermarcas, and materials firm Metalurgica Gerdau.

The Brazilian market sector breakdown:

  • Utilities 20%
  • Non-cyclical consumer 17%
  • Industrial 16%
  • Financials 15%
  • Basic Materials 14%
  • Cyclical Consumer 9%
  • Communications 9%

“Medium sized Brazilian enterprises offer access to on-the-ground, established businesses that reflect the Brazilian growth story, while staying above a minimum size to avoid excessive risk,” says Bruno del Ama, CEO of Global X Funds, in a written statement. “Such companies are currently sparsely represented in existing exchange traded fund options, yet are poised to benefit the most from the country’s solid macro fundamentals. The Brazil Mid Cap ETF provides efficient and diversified access to these localized growth themes.” He added, “in contrast, currently existing Brazil ETFs may overweight exposure to mega-cap companies, particularly those in natural resources and with global rather than Brazil-based operations.”

With Brazil Mid Cap as the first member, the New York-based ETF provider plans to launch a family of ETFs tracking Brazilian industry sectors such as consumer goods, financial services, industrials, basic materials, and utilities.

Comparatively, the iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ) gives exposure to large commodity producers exporting products world-wide, while the Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap (BRF), follows the small-caps, obviously.

According to ETF Trends, “Brazil’s economy grew 9% in the first quarter, and for the 14th consecutive week, analysts have raised their forecast for yearly economic growth in the country. As a result, the country’s central bank is expected to raise interest rates accordingly. The country’s growth is forecast to slow next year, however, to 4.5%.”


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