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Top 10 Large-Cap International ETFs

#1: iShares EAFE ETF (EFA)

 

EFA follows the MSCI EAFE Index which measures the performance of equity markets in Europe, Australasian and Far Eastern markets. The fund was launched in August 2008. The expense ratio is .35%. AUM (Assets under Management) equal $35 billion making it one of the largest ETFs by assets. Average daily trading volume is 27M shares. As of late December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 3.45% and YTD return was -13.40%.

Data as of December, 2011

EFA Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Nestle SA (NESN): 2.00%
  2. HSBC Holdings PLC (HBCYF): 1.54%
  3. Vodafone Group PLC (VODPF): 1.41%
  4. BP Plc (BP.): 1.38%
  5. Novartis AG (NVSEF): 1.31%
  6. Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA): 1.27%
  7. BHP Billiton Ltd (BHPLF): 1.26%
  8. GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GLAXF): 1.15%
  9. Roche Holding AG (RHHVF): 1.15%
  10. Total SA (FP): 1.10%

 

#2: Vanguard Europe Pacific Profile (VEA)

VEA follows the MSCI EAFE Index which measures the performance of equity markets in Europe, Australasian and Far Eastern markets. The fund was launched in July 2007. The expense ratio is .12% which is much lower than EFA following the same index. AUM equal $6 billion and average daily trading volume is over 2M shares.  As of late December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 3% and YTD return was -15%. (Holdings seem to vary slightly from EFA which may be due to reporting dates.)

Data as of December, 2011

VEA Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Nestle SA (NESN): 2.07%
  2. HSBC Holdings PLC (HBCYF): 1.48%
  3. Vodafone Group PLC (VODPF): 1.44%
  4. Novartis AG (NVSEF): 1.42%
  5. Roche Holding AG (RHHVF): 1.24%
  6. BP Plc (BP.): 1.23%
  7. GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GLAXF): 1.17%
  8. BHP Billiton Limited (BHPLF): 1.16%
  9. Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA): 1.15%
  10. Toyota Motor Corporation (7203): 1.04%

 

#3: iShares Canada ETF (EWC)

EWC follows the MSCI Canada Index which measures the Canadian equity market. This seems simplistic and obvious but MSCI doesn't release many details beyond these statements. The fund was launched in March 1996. The expense ratio is .53%. AUM equal $4.3 billion and average daily trading volume is nearly 3M shares. As of late December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 2% and YTD return was -14.20%.

Data as of December, 2011

EWC Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Royal Bank of Canada (RY): 5.73%
  2. Toronto Dominion Bank: 5.50%
  3. Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS): 4.67%
  4. Suncor Energy, Inc. (SU): 4.12%
  5. Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX): 4.06%
  6. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc. (POT): 3.33%
  7. Goldcorp, Inc.: 3.20%
  8. Canadian Natural Resources, Ltd. (CNQ): 3.17%
  9. Bank of Montreal (BMO): 3.09%
  10. Canadian National Railway Company (CNI): 2.94

 

#4: iShares MSCI Value ETF (EFV)

EFV follows the MSCI EAFE Value Index which measures the performance of stocks in European, Australasian, and Far Eastern markets that represent value characteristics. The fund was launched in August 2005. AUM is over $1 billion and average daily trading volume is 224K shares. As of late December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 4.50% and YTD return was -14%.

Data as of December, 2011

EFV Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Vodafone Group PLC (VODPF): 2.84%
  2. BP Plc (BP.): 2.79%
  3. Novartis AG (NVSEF): 2.64%
  4. Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA): 2.56%
  5. GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GLAXF): 2.31%
  6. Total SA (FP): 2.22%
  7. Royal Dutch Shell PLC B (RDSB): 1.91%
  8. Telefonica SA (TEF): 1.75%
  9. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA): 1.61%
  10. Sanofi (SAN): 1.60%

 

#5: iShares DJ EPAC Dividend ETF (IDV)

IDV follows the Dow Jones EPAC Select Dividend Index which measures the performance of a selected group of companies that have provided relatively high dividend yields on a consistent basis over time. The fund was launched in June 2007. The expense ratio is .50%. AUM equal $660 million and average daily trading volume is 346K shares. As of late December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 5.60% and YTD return was -7.76%/

Data as of December, 2011

IDV Top Ten Holdings Weightings

  1. Eni SpA (ENI): 5.01%
  2. British American Tobacco PLC (BATS): 4.71%
  3. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA): 4.49%
  4. Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA): 4.04%
  5. SSE Plc. (SSEZF): 3.04%
  6. Provident Financial PLC (PFG): 2.78%
  7. National Australia Bank Limited (NAB): 2.43%
  8. Westpac Banking Corp (WBC): 2.10%
  9. Hennes & Mauritz AB (HM B): 2.07%
  10. Neopost (NEO): 2.04%

 

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