South Korea ETFs

South Korea ETFs
  • Pininvest Analysis

Construction of a South Korea focused fund is no easy task considering the dominating importance of the Samsung conglomerate which accounts for more than 20% of total market value for Samsung Electronics (ticker – 005930) – not including listed subsidiaries such as Samsung Heavy Industries (ticker – 010140), Samsung Engineering (ticker – 028050) and Samsung C&T (ticker – 028260) or Samsung Life Insurance (ticker - 032830) and others….

With iShares MSCI South Korea ETF EWY/NYSEARCA managing close to a 100% of the funds US investors allocate to the South Korean market, the weighting of Samsung Electronics may end up being a key differentiator with First Trust South Korea AlphaDEX Fund FKO/NASDAQ a key outlier assigning just 2% to the chaebol - vs approx. 17% for FLKR/NYSEARCA up to 24% for EWY/NYSEARCA

Reminder – the Franklin FTSE South Korea ETF FLKR/NYSEARCA lacks a full-year track record (introduced in Nov’ 17)

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South Korea ETFs • Updated:

Name Ticker Exchange Category SubCategory Currency Cur.Price AUM Perf. Vol. Risk Contrib. MDD
Deutsche X-trackers MSCI South Korea Hedged Equity ETF DBKO NYSEARCA Asia-Pacific South Korea USD 26.90 5.4 M 11.5% 6%   1% -3%
First Trust South Korea AlphaDEX® Fund FKO NASDAQ Asia-Pacific South Korea USD 19.77 1.7 M 7.6% 34%   18% -40%
Franklin FTSE South Korea ETF FLKR NYSEARCA Asia-Pacific South Korea USD 22.76 13 M 27.6% 37%   26% -38%
iShares Currency Hedged MSCI South Korea ETF HEWY NYSEARCA Asia-Pacific South Korea USD 23.09 2.0 M 12.8% 41%   26% -44%
iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF EWY NYSEARCA Asia-Pacific South Korea USD 63.85 4.1 B 24.5% 40%   28% -39%