Fallacy Of International ETFs
The expansion of the ETF industry over the last several years has been well documented; there are now more than 1,400 exchange-traded products offering exposure to a record number of asset classes and investment strategies. The granularity of the ETF lineup is perhaps most evident in the international equity corner of the market, where there are “pure play” ETFs for just about every major global economy (and in many cases, multiple options to choose from). Targeting stocks of a specific country can have appeal to those investors who believe they are capable of identifying markets that will outperform their peer groups or post better-than-expected GDP growth. But unfortunately, country-specific ETFs don’t always necessarily deliver direct exposure to the underlying economy. As an example, consider the iShares MSCI Switzerland Index Fund (EWL), one of two “pure play” ETFs that holds primarily Swiss stocks. Though EWL may seem appealing to investors [...] Click here to read the original article on ETFdb.com. Related Posts: Europe ETFs: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Three ETFs To Watch This Week: EWL, FXB, GLD Thursday’s ETF To Watch: MSCI Switzerland Index Fund (EWL) Thursday’s ETF To Watch: MSCI Switzerland Index Fund (EWL) First Trust Rolls Out 7 New AlphaDEX ETFs
The expansion of the ETF industry over the last several years has been well documented; there are now more than 1,400 exchange-traded products offering exposure to a record number of asset classes and investment strategies. The granularity of the ETF lineup is perhaps most evident in the international equity corner of the market, where there are “pure play” ETFs for just about every major global economy (and in many cases, multiple options to choose from). Targeting stocks of a specific country can have appeal to those investors who believe they are capable of identifying markets that will outperform their peer groups or post better-than-expected GDP growth. But unfortunately, country-specific ETFs don’t always necessarily deliver direct exposure to the underlying economy.   As an example, consider the iShares MSCI Switzerland Index Fund (EWL), one of two “pure play” ETFs that holds primarily Swiss stocks. Though EWL may seem appealing to investors [...]

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