Global X Funds, based in New York, combs the world for unusual investment opportunities on which it can build exchange-traded funds. The firm recently rolled out the first ETFs that invest in Nigeria, Central Asia and Mongolia via companies that are domiciled in or principally traded in those areas, as well as through companies listed in markets such as Russia, Canada or the United Kingdom that derive significant revenues from Nigeria or Central Asia.

Known for focusing on commodity producer ETFs and emerging markets, the company has moved into income- and dividend-based products in the last year, and more diversification plans are afoot. The firm has $1.9 billion in assets under management and 35 ETFs.

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