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Top 10 Asia ETFs -- Excluding China and India

#1: iShares Japan ETF (EWJ)

EWJ follows the MSCI Japan Index which is a proprietary index covering the Japanese equity market. The fund was launched in March 1996. The expense ratio is .54%. AUM (Assets under Management) equal $5.3 billion and average daily trading volume is 16M shares. (In early summer 2011 AUM were $8 billion and average daily trading volume was over 28M shares demonstrating the flight from international markets in general.) As of early January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 3.00% and YTD return -.44%.

A competitive issue would be JPP (SPDR Russell/Nomura Prime Japan ETF) with an expense ratio of .50% and AUM of $14 million and average daily trading volume of less than 4K shares.

Also ProShares features leveraged products for hedging and speculating with similar tracking characteristics to EWJ and others.

We rank Japan at the top of the list due to its size and quality of companies within the related index, which for the most part, are multinational companies that are household names.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

EWJ Top Ten Holdings & Weightings
  1. Toyota Motor Corp (7203): 4.37%
  2. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (8306): 2.63%
  3. Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267): 2.47%
  4. Canon, Inc. (CAJFF): 2.41%
  5. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc (SMFNF): 1.77%
  6. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (4502): 1.55%
  7. Fanuc Corp (6954): 1.44%
  8. SOFTBANK Corp (SFTBF): 1.44%
  9. Mizuho Financial Group Inc (8411): 1.43%
  10. Mitsubishi Corporation (8058): 1.35%

 

#2: iShares TOPIX 150 ETF (ITF)

ITF follows the S&P Tokyo Stock Price Index 150 Index which measures the performance of the 150 most liquid securities from each major market sector listed in Tokyo. The fund was launched in October 2010. The expense ratio is .50%. AUM equal $72 million and average daily trading volume is 11K shares. (Current AUM contrasts with $110 million as of early summer 2011.) As of early January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 1.76% and YTD performance 1.76%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

ITF Top Ten Holdings & Weightings
  1. Toyota Motor Corporation (7203): 5.36%
  2. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (8306): 3.64%
  3. Canon, Inc. (CAJFF): 3.25%
  4. Honda Motor Company (7267): 2.88%
  5. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (9432): 2.45%
  6. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFNF): 2.37%
  7. Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (8411): 1.96%
  8. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (4502): 1.91%
  9. Fanuc Ltd. (6954): 1.82%
  10. Mitsubishi (8058): 1.75%

 

#3: iShares South Korea ETF (EWY)

EWY follows the MSCI South Korea Index which is a proprietary index tracking stocks within the South Korean equity market. The fund was launched in May 2000. The expense ratio is .61%. AUM equal $5 billion and average daily trading volume is over 3.3M shares. As of early January 2012 the annual dividend yield was .79% and YTD return -.13%. South Korea is no longer really an emerging market in many people's opinion given it's a developing global manufacturing and consumer titan. One reason it's considered still and emerging market is that large ETFs and indexes tied to it would be too disrupted to move it out given nearly a 13% weighting. This situation is a conflict of interest for these funds but EWY is a standalone investment.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

EWY Top Ten Holdings & Weightings
  1. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (SSNLF): 19.62%
  2. Hyundai Motor Co Ltd (HYUO): 5.81%
  3. POSCO: 4.31%
  4. Hyundai Mobis: 3.66%
  5. Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd.: 3.09%
  6. Kia Motors Corp: 2.96%
  7. Lg Chem Ltd: 2.65%
  8. KB Financial Group: 2.45%
  9. Samsung Electnc Pfd: 2.24%
  10. Hynix Semiconductor Inc: 2.04%

 

 

#4: iShares Taiwan ETF (EWT)

EWT follows the MSCI Taiwan Index which remains a proprietary index following securities in the general Taiwan equity market. The fund was launched in June 2000. The expense ratio is .71%. AUM equal $2.2 billion and average daily trading volume is 9M shares. (In the early summer 2011 AUM was $3.4 billion which shows losses in markets as well as investors outflows.) As of early January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 2.21% and YTD return was 1.02%.

Taiwan markets are considered domestically as a "retail" market making for less institutional activity. One of the primary market drivers is Taiwan Semiconductor.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

EWT Top Ten Holdings & Weightings
  1. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (2330): 17.53%
  2. Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd. (2317): 6.83%
  3. Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd (2412): 3.58%
  4. HTC Corporation (2498): 3.30%
  5. China Steel Corporation (2002): 3.14%
  6. Formosa Plastics Corporation (1301): 3.07%
  7. Mediatek Inc. (2454): 2.70%
  8. Nan Ya Plastics Corporation (1303): 2.52%
  9. Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corporation (1326): 2.14%
  10. Cathay Financial Holding Co., Ltd. (2882): 1.98%

 

#5: iShares Singapore ETF (EWS)

EWS follows the MSCI Singapore Index which is a proprietary index covering equities in the Singapore equity market. The fund was launched in March 1996. The expense ratio is .53%. AUM equal $1.3 billion and average daily trading volume is 2M shares. (As of early summer 2011 AUM was $1.9 billion and average daily trading volume is 2.5M shares showing a sharp decline with markets.) As of early January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 3.35% and YTD return 2.40%.

It's important to remember Singapore is the financial and economic hub for most of Southeast Asia. Its harbor is one of the largest and busiest in the world.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

EWS Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Z74): 11.74%
  2. DBS Group Holdings Ltd (D05): 10.29%
  3. Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd (O39): 9.51%
  4. United Overseas Bank Limited (U11): 9.34%
  5. Keppel Corp Ltd (KPELF): 6.29%
  6. Wilmar International Ltd (F34): 4.49%
  7. Genting Singapore PLC (G13): 4.42%
  8. Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd. (C07): 3.12%
  9. CapitaLand Limited (C31): 3.10%
  10. Singapore Press Holdings Limited (T39): 2.94%

 

 
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