Arif commented on yesterday’s post that I had misinterpreted the question, and it was in fact a question about variety of ETFs, and not Options on ETF.
I don’t know if I misinterpreted or not, since Amruta who originally posted the comment hasn’t responded yet, but I think that the question of which new ETFs should be introduced is an interesting one, and I’ve often thought about this.
Here is a list of 7 ETFs that I’d like to see launched in the Indian market. Apart from the silver ETF, I haven’t ever read about anything else being considered so think of these as just my wish-list, and not something that’s likely to be launched in the near future.
1. Silver ETF: There’s been a lot of interest in silver for the last year or so, and I think this is one ETF that a lot of people want. Like the gold ETFs, this will hold physical silver and will be like SLV that trades in the US.
2. Oil ETF: There are no oil ETFs in India, and I think this will also be a good product that will give people exposure to oil. It will be good if the oil ETF actually owned oil barrels, but I don’t know of any oil ETF in the US that does it, so I don’t know how feasible it will be to launch such an ETF in India.
3. Copper ETF: People say copper has a PhD in Economics since it tracks the economy so well, and I think this will be a good ETF as well. I’d like this to be similar to the gold ETF, and own physical copper instead of just owning stocks that engage in copper mining.
4. Canada ETF: I’ve always felt it strange that most of the international ETFs and mutual funds in India track other emerging countries and not developed countries. The stocks of developed countries are less volatile and have the scope of offering diversification to Indian investors who have to deal with a lot of volatility in their domestic market.
5. Germany ETF: Reasons are similar to the Canada ETF, and this is a developed and probably the strongest European country of the day. It may be a good idea to get exposure to this.
6. Australia ETF: In addition to being a developed country – Australia is big on natural resources, and a natural beneficiary of China’s rise, and this might be a good asset to own in the future.
7. INR – USD ETF: There are no currency ETFs right now, and this can be another area that can be useful for people, especially those who are invested in stocks abroad, and want some currency exposure as well.
So, this is my wish-list and some of the ETFs that I’d like to see in India; what about you? Which ETFs would you like to see launched in India?