The global trade tensions resulting from the US-China Trade War don’t appear to be subsiding, and I find myself wondering whether it’s time to sell my shares in the BetaShares Asia Technology Tigers ETF (ASX: ASIA).

About ETFs

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BetaShares ASIA ETF

The BetaShares Asia Technology Tigers ETF is a passive ETF that aims to track the performance of the Solactive Asia Ex-Japan Technology & Internet Tigers Index.

It does so by providing exposure to the 50 largest technology and online retail companies in Asia, around half of which are based in China.

From inception in September 2018 to 31st July 2019, the fund has returned only 1.25% after the 0.69% management fee.

This is due to large declines in the share prices of some of the ETF’s largest holdings, including Tencent Holdings Ltd (HKG: 0700), Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Baidu Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU) and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (KRX: 005930).

The Case For Holding

While trade tensions are increasingly weighing on investors’ minds, it should be noted that China’s largest tech companies are somewhat insulated from tariffs. As far as Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu go, most of their revenue is generated domestically from ads, e-commerce and social media.

All of these companies are also based in sectors that are positioned for growth. For example, according to eMarketer, digital ad spending is predicted to grow by 22% in 2019 and will account for more than 75% of paid media outlays in China by 2021.

A report from Forrester estimated that China’s online retail market will reach $1.8 trillion by 2022, more than doubling the US market.

With China’s growing population and an appetite for the latest tech, these industry leaders should continue to see strong demand and growth.


There are certainly concerning factors when it comes to Chinese tech, such as the increased scrutiny from the US, Europe and even the Chinese government itself. However, over the long-term, I don’t think it’s a good idea to ignore the world’s largest market and some of the most innovative companies.

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Disclaimer: Any information contained in this article is limited to general financial/investment advice only. The information has not taken into account your specific needs, goals or objectives, so please consider consulting a licenced and trusted adviser before acting on the information. Please read The Rask Group’s Financial Services Guide (FSG) for more information. This article is authorised by Owen Raszkiewicz of The Rask Group, which is a corporate authorised representative No. 1264179 of Strawman Pty Ltd (ACN: 610 908 211) (AFSL: 501 223).

Disclosure: At the time of writing, Max owns shares in the BetaShares ASIA ETF.