Investing in Central Asia ETFs / Central Asia ETF List
A list of Central Asia ETFs covering countries such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan consists of the Global X Central Asia & Mongolia Index ETF (NYSEARCA: AZIA) from Global X which tracks the Solactive Central Asia & Mongolia Index. This index is based upon two groups of stocks: 1) The first group includes all stocks that have their main operations in Central Asia or Mongolia; 2) The second group includes all companies that do not have their main operations in Central Asia or Mongolia, but generate more than 10% of their revenues from Central Asia or Mongolia. It should be said that although the capital markets in many Central Asian countries are underdeveloped, the region has benefited significantly from land that is rich in natural resources (e.g. oil, copper, gold, silver, coal, uranium and cotton) with China being a key destination for exported natural resources. There have also been heavy investments to develop the region’s energy and transportation infrastructure. Aside from ETFs, investors interested in investing in Central Asia should check out our Kazakhstan ADR list page.
Central Asia ETF List*
|ETF||Ticker||Mgr / Advisor||Asset Class||Inception||Tracking Index|
|1||Global X Central Asia & Mongolia Index ETF||AZIA||Global X||Equities - EM||2013/04/02||Solactive Central Asia & Mongolia Index|
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UPDATE: In 2015, Global X announced it would discontinue the Global X Central Asia & Mongolia Index ETF which had provided exposure to 21 Central Asia stocks that derive revenues or are traded in Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan. The ETF proved unpopular with just $2.6 million of assets accumulated in over two years of launch while issues in the Chinese economy and the commodity market crash also weighing it down.
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