NEW YORK, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Global X Funds, the New York based provider of exchange traded funds (ETFs), today launched the Global X Fishing Industry ETF (Ticker: FISN). This is the first ETF globally targeting the fishing industry. The fishing industry is comprised of two main components: commercial fishing and aquaculture. Commercial fishing represents those companies directly involved in the capture of fish from wild fisheries, while aquaculture represents those companies that supply fish through fish farming operations.
In the past few decades the global food market has experienced unprecedented expansion and a change in global dietary patterns, with a shift toward more protein. This is likely to continue due to the expansion of the middle classes in emerging economies. China, for instance, has seen dramatic growth in its per-capita fish consumption, with an average growth rate of 5.7 percent per year since 1961 (FAO, 2011). Taking into account the global population forecast, an additional 27 million tons of production will be needed to maintain the present level of per-capita consumption in 2030 according to the FAO (2011).
"Companies that have the infrastructure to supply the rapidly growing demand for fish consumption, from aquaculture facilities to fish processing, are likely to benefit from these demographic and dietary trends," said CEO of Global X Funds, Bruno del Ama.
The Global X Fishing Industry ETF tracks the Solactive Global Fishing Index, which is designed to measure broad based equity market performance of global companies involved in the fishing industry. As of April 29, 2011, the three largest components of the index were Cermaq ASA, Marine Harvest, and Toyo Suisan Kaisha Ltd.
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Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. International investing may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuations in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles, or from economic or political instability in other nations. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors as well as increased volatility and lower trading volume. Narrowly focused investments may be subject to higher volatility. Securities in the Fund's portfolio may be significantly subject to international treaties governing territorial and international waters and rights to marine resources; governmental policies, such as taxes, tariffs, duties, subsidies and import and export restrictions on fish and fish products; the possibility of depleted fish stock as a result of overfishing; and a broad range of environmental laws and regulations.
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