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Egypt ETF Halts Creation Orders

Egypt ETF Halts Creation Orders
Ron DeLegge
January 31, 2011

SAN DIEGO ( Ė Egyptís political crisis has disrupted its financial markets along with ETFs linked to Egyptian stocks. 

Because Egyptís banks and stock markets were closed for a second day, Van Eck Global said in statement it will exercise its right to suspend creation orders of Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSEArca: EGPT). This follows the firmís normal policy of suspending creation orders when the underlying market is closed for an extended period thereby helping to prevent the costs of creation activity to be borne by existing shareholders.

EGPT was launched in February 2010 and currently has around $11 million in assets. The Egypt ETF tracks a small index of 27 publicly traded Egyptian stocks like Orascom Construction, Commercial International Bank and TMG Holding.

Other Middle East focused ETFs like the Market Vectors Africa Index ETF (NYSEArca: AFK) and SPDR S&P Emerging Middle East & Africa ETF (NYSEArca: GAF) were higher in todayís U.S. trading session.

AFK has around 20% of its overall market exposure to Egyptian stocks and the fund is linked to the Dow Jones Africa Titans 50 Index. In 2010, AFK climbed 25.27% in value.

GAF has the bulk of its assets tied to South African stocks with just 6% market exposure to Egyptian stocks. Over the past year, GAF has risen by 29.35%.

Redemption orders for the Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF will continue to be accepted as described in EGPTís prospectus.

The fund expects to resume normal operations once the Egyptian Stock Exchange reopens. 

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