- Last Ratings Update:09/30/2014
- Price as of 09/30/2014 :$23.94
- Net Assets:$1,950 Million
- Peer Rank:157 of 271
- Investment Rating:D+
We rate iShares MSCI Australia at D+. This overall rating indicates it is among the top 10% of all closed end funds in its peer group. Negative factors that influence this rating include a below average total return. The fund invests approximately 94% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Non-US Equity strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks below peers over the last three years. The iShares MSCI Australia has returned an annual rate of 8.79% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 5.27% in the last five years, 9.22% in the last three years, and -2.58% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 29% of them. It has also outpaced 44% of its competitors on a three year basis and 18% of them over the last year for the period ending 9/30/2014. On a year to date basis, EWA has returned 0.03%.
Downside risk has been below average. EWA has a draw down risk of -19.64%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 21.9%. This fund has experienced a high level of volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 9/30/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $23.94, which is 13.0% below its 52-week high of $27.51 and 0.9% above its 52-week low of $23.73.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $1.95 billion, EWA maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Non-US Equity peers of just 0.51% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As EWA is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The iShares MSCI Australia is managed by Diane Hsiung at BlackRock Fund Advisors. This fund is one of 310 BlackRock Fund Advisors exchange-traded funds launched since 3/12/1996 that we track.
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