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Saudi shares overtake Turkey as destination for US-based funds

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An exchange-traded fund focused on Saudi stocks has been increasing its assets under management steadily this year, surpassing a peer focused on Turkish shares for the first time since July.

Tuesday 02, April 2019

(Bloomberg) --The amount of money that US-based investors are pouring into Saudi Arabian equities has overtaken flows into Turkish stocks, a sign of the contrasting recent fortunes of the two markets.

Both funds are offered by BlackRock and have most of their allocations in banking stocks.

Inflows have been pouring into the Saudi ETF this year ahead of the kingdom’s inclusion in major emerging-market benchmarks compiled by FTSE Russell and MSCI. For the Turkish counterpart, outflows accelerated last month in advance of local elections, with volatility surging after a slump in the lira dragged down other Turkish assets.

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