- Last Ratings Update:12/31/2015
- Price as of 12/31/2015 :$18.06
- Net Assets:$146.9 Million
- Peer Rank:5 of 307
- Investment Rating:A+
We rate iShares MSCI Belgium Capped at A+. This overall rating indicates it is among the top 10% of all closed end funds in its peer group. Positive factors that influence this rating include a well above average total return, low price volatility, low expense structure and long term portfolio management tenure. The fund invests approximately 99% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Non-US Equity strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks very high in comparison with peers over the last three years. The iShares MSCI Belgium Capped has returned an annual rate of 5.83% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 11.04% in the last five years, 12.85% in the last three years, and 14.21% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 72% of them. It has also outpaced 83% of its competitors on a three year basis and 94% of them over the last year for the period ending 12/31/2015. On a year to date basis, EWK has returned 14.21%.
Downside risk has been below average. EWK has a draw down risk of -9.00%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 12.1%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 12/31/2015, the fund was trading at a price of $18.06, which is 2.2% below its 52-week high of $18.46 and 3.5% above its 52-week low of $17.45.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $146.90 million, EWK maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Non-US Equity peers of just 0.48% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As EWK is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The iShares MSCI Belgium Capped is managed by Diane Hsiung at BlackRock Fund Advisors. This fund is one of 300 BlackRock Fund Advisors exchange-traded funds launched since 3/12/1996 that we track.
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