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Top 10 Large-Cap International ETFs

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#6: SPDR S&P International Dividend ETF (DWX)

DWX follows the S&P International Dividend Opportunities Index which generally includes 100 tradable, exchanged listed common stocks from around the world that offer high dividend yields. The fund was launched in February 2008. The expense ratio is .45%. AUM equal $596M and average daily trading volume is 187K shares. As of late December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 7.10% and YTD return was -12%.

Data as of December 2011

DWX Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Tele2 AB (TEL2 B): 3.60%
  2. ASX Limited (ASX): 3.31%
  3. Telefonica Brasil S.A. ADR (VIV): 3.28%
  4. Seven West Media Limited (SWM): 2.86%
  5. Rwe AG (RWE): 2.79%
  6. Fred. Olsen Energy ASA (FOE): 2.40%
  7. Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. (00316): 2.39%
  8. Spark Infrastructure Group (SKI): 2.28%
  9. Marine Harvest ASA (MHG): 2.15%
  10. E.ON Aktiengesellschaft (EOAN): 2.12%

#7: Schwab International Equity ETF (SCHF)


SCHF follows the FTSE Developed ex-U.S. Index which is comprised of approximately 85% large-cap stocks and 15% mid-cap stocks from more than 20 developed international markets. The fund was launched in November 2009. The expense ratio is .13% putting it at the low end of such charges. AUM equal $600 million and average daily trading volume is 170K shares. (Schwab clients trade commission free at Schwab) As of late December 2011 the annual dividend was 3.20% and YTD return was -12.75%.


Data as of December, 2011

SCHF Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Nestle SA (NESN): 1.65%
  2. Vodafone Group PLC (VODPF): 1.19%
  3. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (BC94): 1.15%
  4. HSBC Holdings PLC (HBCYF): 1.13%
  5. BP Plc (BP.): 1.12%
  6. Novartis AG (NVSEF): 1.09%
  7. Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA): 1.06%
  8. GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GLAXF): 0.96%
  9. BHP Billiton Limited (BHPLF): 0.92%
  10. Total SA (FP): 0.91%




#8: Wisdom Tree DEFA ETF (DMW)


DWM follows the Wisdom Tree Dividend Index of Europe, Far East Asia and Australasia. The Index is a fundamentally weighted Index that measures the performance of dividend-paying companies in the industrialized world, excluding Canada and the United States, that pay regular cash dividends and that meet other liquidity and capitalization requirements. It is comprised of companies incorporated in 16 developed European countries, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Companies are weighted in the Index based on annual cash dividends paid. The fund was launched in June 2006. The expense ratio is .48%. AUM equal $325 million and average daily trading volume is 60K shares. As of late December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 4.57% and YTD return was -12%.


Data as of December 2011

DWM Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Vodafone Group PLC (VODPF): 1.79%
  2. China Mobile Ltd. (00941): 1.73%
  3. Telefonica SA (TEF): 1.60%
  4. Total SA (FP): 1.57%
  5. Nestle SA (NESN): 1.45%
  6. GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GLAXF): 1.43%
  7. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA): 1.36%
  8. Westpac Banking Corp (WBC): 1.32%
  9. Roche Holding AG (RHHVF): 1.30%
  10. Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA): 1.29%

#9: Wisdom Tree International Dividend ex-Financials ETF (DOO)

DOO follows the Wisdom Tree International Dividend ex-Financials Index.The Index measures the performance of high dividend-yielding international stocks outside the financial sector. The index consists primarily of large- and mid-capitalization companies incorporated in Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore that pass WisdomTree Investments market capitalization, liquidity and selection requirements. The fund was launched in June 2006. The expense ratio is .58%. AUM equal $248 million and average trading volume (commission free at ETrade) is 118K shares. As of late December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 4.60% and YTD return was -8.40%.


Data as of December, 2011

DOO Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Telstra Corp Ltd (TTRAF): 3.34%
  2. Foster's Group Limited (FGL): 2.45%
  3. Belgacom SA (BELG): 2.10%
  4. Nokia Oyj (NOK1V): 2.00%
  5. France Telecom SA (FTE): 1.90%
  6. Telefonica SA (TEF): 1.78%
  7. E.ON Aktiengesellschaft (EOAN): 1.71%
  8. Koninklijke (Royal) KPN NV (KPN): 1.66%
  9. Amcor Limited (AMC): 1.65%
  10. Rwe AG (RWE): 1.64%

#10: PowerShares FTSE RAFI Developed Markets ETF (PXF)


PXF follows the FTSE RAFI Developed Markets ex-U.S. Index. The Index is designed to track the performance of the largest developed market equities (excluding the U.S.), selected based on the following four fundamental measures of firm size: book value, income, sales and dividends. The fund was launched in June 2007. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM equal $230 million and average daily trading volume is 62K shares. As of late December 2011 the annual dividend yield was 2.20% and YTD return was -15.90%.

Data as of December, 2011

PXF Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. BP PLC (BP.): 2.17%
  2. Vodafone Group PLC (VODPF): 1.64%
  3. Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA): 1.57%
  4. Total SA (FP): 1.52%
  5. ING Groep N.V. (INGA): 1.48%
  6. HSBC Holdings PLC (HBCYF): 1.47%
  7. Royal Dutch Shell PLC B (RDSB): 1.22%
  8. GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GLAXF): 1.03%
  9. Nestle SA (NESN): 0.97%
  10. Banco Santander SA (SAN): 0.97%


As indicated there has been a big push to globalize investor portfolios and this hasn't been lost on ETF sponsors. Nevertheless when markets were in good shape this proved rewarding but when things went badly conditions were much worse in these markets. This is a major reason we rely on discipline and technical indicators to keep us out of harms way.

It's also important to remember that ETF sponsors have their own competitive business interests when issuing products which may not necessarily align with your investment needs. New ETFs from highly regarded and substantial new providers are also being issued. These may include Charles Schwab's ETFs and Scottrade's Focus Shares which both are issuing new ETFs with low expense ratios and commission free trading at their respective firms. These may also become popular as they become seasoned. 

For further information about portfolio structures using technical indicators like DeMark and other indicators, take a free 14-day trial at ETF Digest . Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well and join our group conversations.

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The ETF Digest has no current positions in the featured ETFs.

(Source for data is from ETF sponsors and various ETF data providers)


This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.

Dave Fry is founder and publisher of ETF Digest, Dave's Daily blog and the best-selling book author of Create Your Own ETF Hedge Fund, A DIY Strategy for Private Wealth Management, published by Wiley Finance in 2008. A detailed bio is here: Dave Fry.

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