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Play the World Cup Countries With ETFs

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South Korea: There are two ETFs offering exposure to South Korea, including the large cap-focused iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund (EWY) and the very different IQ South Korea Small Cap ETF (SKOR). Group C

Algeria: U.S investors looking for exposure to Algeria won't have much luck. There are a handful of Middle East ETFs that offer exposure to the region, including the WisdomTree Middle East Dividend ETF (GULF).

England: For exposure to the U.K., the best option is the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU). There are also multiple ETFs offering exposure to the USD/GBP exchange rate, including the CurrencyShares British Pound Trust (FXB).

Slovenia: ETF options for Slovenia are limited, but there are a couple of funds offering exposure to Eastern Europe, including the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Eastern Europe Index Fund (ESR) and SPDR S&P Emerging Europe ETF (GUR).

U.S.: The ETFs offering exposure to domestic equity markets are numerous; perhaps the most broad-based fund is the Claymore Wilshire 5000 Total Market ETF (WFVK).

Group D

Australia: For Australia exposure, there is both a large-cap focused ETF (EWA) as well as the small cap-intensive IQ Australia Small Cap ETF (KROO).

Germany: For exposure to Germany, the only pure play ETF option is the iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund (EWG).

Ghana: Exposure to Ghana is hard to come by in ETF form. The closest option is AFK; according to its fact sheet offshore Ghana companies make up about 1% of assets.

Serbia: One of the smallest countries to be represented in South Africa, there's no pure play ETF on Serbia. Regional plays include the two Eastern Europe ETFs profiled above, GUR and ESR.

Group E

Cameroon: Like the other home continent competitors, Cameroon isn't well represented in U.S-listed ETFs; indirect exposure through AFK is the best option.

Denmark: There isn't a pure play Denmark ETF, but the country receives the second largest allocation (about 20%) in the Global X FTSE Nordic 30 ETF (GXF).

Netherlands: EWN tracks the MSCI Netherlands Investable Market Index, a benchmark that includes the largest and most liquid Dutch equities.

Japan: There are currently eight ETFs in the Japan Equities ETFdb Category, the most popular of which is the iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (EWJ).

Group F

Italy: The defending World Cup champion is also home to a cash-strapped economy; the iShares MSCI Italy Index Fund (EWI) has been battered in recent weeks as concerns over a potential debt crisis have intensified.

New Zealand: The WisdomTree Dreyfus New Zealand Dollar Fund (BNZ) offers exposure to New Zealand money markets, while several ETFs in the Asia Pacific Equities ETFdb Category include minor weightings to New Zealand equities.

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