A reader emailed me with this question today, and it got me interested to find out how an Indian investor can get exposure to Brazil.
First, I started off by searching how a retail investor can directly buy stocks in Brazilian equities, but that didn’t go anywhere. If anyone has any information on this – please share.
Next, I searched for mutual funds that help investors take exposure to Brazil. I have written about the HSBC Brazil Equity fund earlier, and though that fund is not yet launched, when it does get launched – it will be the most direct way for an Indian investor to get exposure to Brazilian equities. You can go to that post and read more about that fund.
I didn’t find any Brazil mutual fund that is currently open to Indian investors, but ING has a fund that is close. The ING Latin American Equity Fund is a fund that comes close.
This is a fund of funds, and the underlying fund is the ING (L) Invest Latin American fund. Here is the indicative asset allocation of the fund.
|ING (L) Latin America Fund||100%||65%||High|
|Money Market Instruments||20%||0%||Low to Medium|
|Other overseas mutual funds||35%||0%||High|
The underlying fund is benchmarked against MSCI EM Latin America 10/40 index. As of May 06 2010, the country weightings of the Index were as follows:
|Country||Number of Companies||Weight|
As you can see from the above table, Brazil forms the majority of this index and that’s the main reason I say this fund is the closest Indian retail investors have as a proxy to invest in Brazil.
This fund has returned 36% year to date, and before I end the post, let me reiterate that fund of funds charge double fees, once their own, and then they also incur the fees of the underlying fund.
If you know of a good way to get exposure to Brazil, then please do share.