NEW YORK, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Global X Funds, the New York based provider of exchange traded funds, today launched the Global X FTSE Argentina 20 ETF (Ticker: ARGT). The fund is the latest expansion in the ETF issuer's Latin America fund suite and the first ETF globally to target this country.
Argentina stands as the second largest economy in South America by GDP, trailing only Brazil, according to IMF estimates from 2010. Argentina has developed trading ties with emerging economic powers; in 2010, nearly 19% of exports went to Brazil and over 9% went to China. As the second largest corn exporter and third largest soy exporter in the world, the fund may allow investors to benefit from increased food demand from Argentina in the emerging world (CIA Factbook, 2010).
"ARGT provides a relatively cost effective way to access the second largest economy in South America, a glaring hole in the existing ETF offerings," said Bruno del Ama, chief executive officer of Global X Funds.
The Global X FTSE Argentina 20 ETF tracks the FTSE Argentina 20 Index, which represents the performance of the twenty largest and most liquid companies that directly participate in the Argentine economy, but are not listed in Argentina. As of February 22, 2011 the three largest components for ARGT were Tenaris S.A. ADS, MercadoLibre Inc., and Banco Macro S.A. ADS.
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