Do You Have A Country ETF In Your Portfolio?

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October 26, 2009 11:48am ETF BASIC NEWS NYSE:EEM

country“Emerging market investing is not a fringe area where you can just put 5% of your portfolio in an index fund and go asleep. It is not just about trying


 to capture economic growth rates three times larger than in America and Europe or seeking stronger currencies, more fiscal discipline, and investing in a rising middle class. It is bigger than that,” Carlton Delfeld Reports From The Money Show.

“The world is filling in right before our eyes. Sharp improvements in technology and communications, coupled with economic market reforms, are allowing emerging market countries to close the income gap with the West, and this will continue for some time. Emerging markets now account for half of global economic growth and 33% of world GDP. Emerging markets need to be at the core of your global strategy because they can make you wealthy if you properly manage the risk and volatility,” Delfeld Reports.

“Country exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a great way to organize a global portfolio and for challenging broad conventional indexes like the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (NYSE: EEM) and the iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (NYSE: EFA), which weight countries based on their market capitalization rather than future growth potential. And don’t neglect the opportunity to move up the risk/reward spectrum to take a good look at emerging markets. The companies in emerging market country ETFs such as the iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund (NYSE: THD) are more closely tied to its domestic economy and offer more of a pure play on local markets. [So far this year,] the MSCI Emerging Markets Index is up by 67%, and from the early March low almost 100%,” Delfeld Reports.

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The investment (EEM) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the MSCI Emerging Markets index. The fund generally invests at least 90% of assets in the securities of its underlying index or in ADRs and GDRs representing such securities. The index was developed by MSCI as an equity benchmark for international stock performance. It is nondiversified.

TOP 10 HOLDINGS (EEM) ( 24.62% OF TOTAL ASSETS)  
 
Company Symbol % Assets
Bank Bradesco ADR N/A 1.77
China Mobile Ltd. N/A 1.91
CHUNGHWA TEL ADS (CHT) 1.81
ITAU UNIBANCO ADS (ITUB) 2.64
KB FINL GP INC (KB) 1.94
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. N/A 2.61
PETROLEO BRASILEIRO (PBR) 2.3
POSCO (PKX) 2.24
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.(GDR) N/A 4.3
TAIWAN SEMICOND ADS (TSM) 3.1

Chart for iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index (EEM)

The investment (EFA) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI EAFE index (the underlying index). The fund invests at least 90% of assets in the securities of its underlying index or in ADRs, GDRs or EDRs representing securities in the underlying index. The underlying index has been developed by MSCI as an equity benchmark for its international stock performance. The underlying index includes stocks from Europe, Australasia and the Far East.The fund is nondiversified.

TOP 10 HOLDINGS (EFA) ( 13.56% OF TOTAL ASSETS)  
 
Company Symbol % Assets
BANCO SANTANDER CHI (SAN) 1.32
BHP Billiton Limited N/A 1.13
BP PLC N/A 1.67
HSBC HOLDINGS PLC (HSBA) 2
NESTLE N ORD (NESN) 1.56
Roche Holding AG N/A 1.15
TELEFONICA SA (TEF) 1.18
TOTAL SA (FP) 1.27
Toyota Motor Corporation N/A 1.1
Vodafone Group PLC N/A 1.18

Chart for iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)

The investment (THD) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI Thailand Investable Market. The Fund invests at least 90% of assets in securities of the Underlying index and in depositary receipts based on securities of the Underlying index. It may invest the remainder of assets in securities not included in Underlying index and in futures contracts, options on futures contracts, options and swaps as well as cash and cash equivalents. The fund is nondiversified.

TOP 10 HOLDINGS (THD) ( 60.81% OF TOTAL ASSETS)  
 
Company Symbol % Assets
Advcd Info Serv N/A 4.49
Bangkok Bk N/A 8.97
Banpu Public N/A 3.96
C.P. Seven Eleven Pcl-Nvdr N/A 2.84
Irpc Public Company N/A 2.67
Kasikornbank N/A 5.64
Ptt Explortn & Prd N/A 9.7
Ptt Public N/A 12.53
Siam Cement N/A 4.54
Siam Commrcl Bk N/A 5.47

Chart for iShares MSCI Thailand Invest Mkt Index (THD)

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