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  • Emerging market equity ETFs have amassed close to $50 billion year to date despite geopolitical turmoil brewing in the Middle East and anticipated interest rate hikes from the US Federal Reserve.

  • US-based ETF investors are withdrawing en masse from currency-hedged international funds, despite advice to the contrary. The three largest currency-hedged ETFs in the US have seen combined outflows of around $3.5 billion so far this year as the US dollar has declined more than 9% against rival currencies.

  • Asia Pacific ETFs have been particularly popular with investors in June, according to data from Lyxor, as low valuations in the region attract inflows. This comes at a time when valuations in developed markets are reaching peak levels, while investors continue to look for higher returns.

  • ETFs investing in frontier countries could become a riskier bet after index provider MSCI upgrades one of its largest constituent countries. Pakistan, which represents more than 11% of the MSCI Frontier Markets 100 Index, is being upgraded to an emerging market.