NEW YORK, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Global X Funds, the New York based provider of exchange traded funds (ETFs), today launched the Global X Farming ETF (Ticker: BARN). BARN is the first ETF that comprehensively covers the farming sector, focusing on companies involved in agricultural products, livestock operations, and the manufacturing of farming equipment.
The global food crisis, driven in part by higher fuel costs, weather events, and increased demand from emerging market nations (World Bank, 2011), has placed greater importance on the farming industry. It is directly responsible for producing the agriculture and livestock products necessary for feeding the planet. World food production will have to rise 70 percent by 2050 to feed a population forecast to grow to 9 billion people (Bloomberg, May 2011). Emerging markets are predicted to be the main drivers of demand for world agricultural production, consumption and trade, propelled by rising per capita incomes and urbanization (Food and Agricultural Organization, 2010).The reality of food scarcity, coupled with high oil prices and a feeble US dollar, and increasingly unpredictable weather conditions will multiply the severity of rising food prices and lead agricultural products to become hard assets (The Market Oracle, 2011).
"As the population in emerging economies increases their purchasing power and shifts dietary patterns, these nations have to increase food production yields," said CEO of Global X Funds, Bruno del Ama. "Investors in BARN may stand to benefit from this continuing and global demand."
The Global X Farming ETF tracks the Solactive Global Farming Index, which is designed to measure broad based equity market performance of global companies involved in the farming industry. As of May 23, 2011, the three largest components of the index were Vitierra Inc., Kubota Corp., and Wilmar International Ltd.
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Global X Funds is a New York-based provider of exchange-traded funds that facilitates access to investment opportunities across the global markets. With $1.8 billion in managed assets as of April 29, 2011, it is one of the fastest growing ETF providers in the world. Global X Funds currently offers exchange-traded funds that target Commodity Producers, Developed Markets, Emerging Markets, and Special Opportunities fund suites. For more information, please visit www.globalxfunds.com.
Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. International investing may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuations in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles, or from economic or political instability in other nations. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors as well as increased volatility and lower trading volume. Narrowly focused investments may be subject to higher volatility. Securities in the Fund's portfolio may be significantly subject to government policies and regulations affecting the agricultural sector and related industries; a broad range of environmental laws and regulations; demographic and product trends and fads, marketing campaigns; environmental factors; adverse changes in general economic conditions; evolving consumer preferences; nutritional and health-related concerns; federal, state and local farming inspection and processing controls; consumer product liability claims; risks of product tampering; the availability and expense of liability insurance, and the possibility of product recalls.
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Global X Management Company, LLC serves as an advisor to the Global X Funds. The Funds are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co., which is not affiliated with Global X Management Company or any of its affiliates.
Structured Solutions AG Indexes have been licensed for use by Global X Management Company, LLC. Global X Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold, or promoted by Structured Solutions AG, nor does this company make any representations regarding the advisability of investing in the Global X Funds.
Index data source: Structured Solutions AG. Index components subject to change.
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