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Top 10 Asia-Pacific Regional ETFs


Vanguard Pacific ETF (VPL) tracks the MSCI Pacific Index which includes the region ranging from Japan (58%) and Australia (26%) with the rest divided between markets like Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore. The fund was launched in March 2005. The expense ratio is .14%. AUM equal $1.7 billion and average daily trading volume is 148,000 shares. As of late July 2011 the dividend was $2.24 making the current yield 3.80% and year-to-date return 1.30%.

Data as of July 2011

VPL Top Ten Holdings and Weightings

1. BHP Billiton Limited (BHPLF): 4.19%

2. Toyota Motor Corporation (7203): 2.84%

3. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA): 2.18%

4. Westpac Banking Corp (WBC): 1.95%

5. Australia & New Zealand Banking Grp Ltd. (ANEWF): 1.64%

6. Honda Motor Company (7267): 1.57%

7. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (8306): 1.52%

8. National Australia Bank Limited (NAB): 1.48%

9. Canon, Inc. (CAJFF): 1.27%

10. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFNF): 1.08%

iShares Asia ex-Japan ETF (AAXJ) follows the MSCI All Country Asia ex-Japan Index which includes the performance of 11 developed and emerging Asian equity markets. The fund was launched in August 2008. The expense ratio is .74%. AAXJ trades commission free at TD Ameritrade. AUM equal nearly $2 billion and average daily trading volume is 480,000 shares. As of late July 2011, the annual dividend was $1.32 making the current yield just fewer than 2% and year--to-date return -1.30%.

Data as of July 2011

AAXJ Top Ten Holdings and Weightings

1. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (BC94): 2.79%

2. iShares MSCI South Korea Index: 2.17%

3. Reliance Industries Ltd. ADR (RLI): 2.02%

4. Infosys Technologies, Ltd. ADR (INFY): 1.87%

5. China Mobile Ltd. (00941): 1.85%

6. HDFC Bank, Ltd. ADR (HDB): 1.80%

7. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ADR (TSM): 1.76%

8. Industrial And Commercial Bank Of China Ltd. (01398): 1.70%

9. ICICI Bank Ltd. ADR (IBN): 1.69%

10. China Construction Bank Corp (00939): 1.51%

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