Claymore Securities has launched the Claymore AlphaShares China All-Cap ETF on NYSE Arca, providing exposure to publicly traded companies in China.
The fund posted trading volumes of over 1.3m shares on its first day of trading yesterday, representing a record first-day volume for any US-listed ETF launched this year according to Claymore.
The ETF replicates the AlphaShares China All Cap index, which measures the performance of publicly traded companies based in mainland China. The companies constituting the index must initially have a float-adjusted market capitalisation of $500m.
At the end of September, the index had around 57% in large cap companies, 33% in mid caps and 10% in small caps.
The latest launch is Claymore's third China based ETF, following the AlphaShares China Small Cap index ETF and the AlphaShares China Real Estate ETF.
AlphaShares chief investment officer Burton Malkiel says: "China is the leading driver of GDP growth today and will soon pass Japan to become the second largest economy in the world." Nonetheless, he adds most investors have less than 2% of their portfolio invested in China at present.
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