While it is true that EEMV does have far more financial exposure (25%) than low-volatility investments stateside, EEMV is up 8.2% year-to-date and it has been hitting higher highs since bottoming out in early June.
2. iShares MSCI Thailand (THD)
This relative newcomer to the iShares exchange-traded lineup suffered mightily in 2011. Of equal concern, THD tracks an index that is heavily weighted towards financials and energy.Nevertheless, the Thai economy is expanding at a rapid clip as local businesses recover from the prior year's floods. Best of all, the current trend remains THD's friend. 3. iShares MSCI Malaysia (EWM) Some countries may put up unbelievable GDP growth numbers. However, that often comes at the expense of inflation. (Think China and India). In contrast, Malaysia has the lowest inflation rate in all of Asia (1.6%), while still growing at 4.7% in the latest quarter. Meanwhile, unemployment is only 3%. What's not to like? You can listen to the ETF Expert Radio Show "LIVE", via podcast or on your iPod. You can follow me on Twitter @ETFexpert. This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage. Disclosure Statement: ETF Expert is a website that makes the world of ETFs easier to understand. Gary Gordon, Pacific Park Financial and/or its clients may hold positions in ETFs, mutual funds and investment assets mentioned. The commentary does not constitute individualized investment advice. The opinions offered are not personalized recommendations to buy, sell or hold securities. At times, issuers of exchange-traded products compensate Pacific Park Financial or its subsidiaries for advertising at the ETF Expert website. ETF Expert content is created independently of any advertising relationships. You may review additional ETF Expert at the site.
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