Lookback: Broad exposure ETFs beat single-country funds

Inflows favour wider emerging markets exposure; Commodity underlyings predicted to shine; Insurers will increase allocations to illiquid and non-traditional credit assets in 2013

Emerging markets

Inflows this year into exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that provide broad exposure to emerging markets have been outstripping flows into single-country emerging markets funds. January saw the strongest monthly flows in three years for broad emerging markets ETFs, with $7 billion in new money, according to asset manager Blackrock.

As of February 12, $7.5 billion had been poured into exchange-traded product (ETPs) offering exposure to broad emerging markets equities, and $5.5 billion had gone into

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