Top Single Country ETF’s

By: ispeculatornew
Date posted: 02.19.2010 (5:00 am) | Write a Comment  (3 Comments)

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It seems like every week, a new country has an ETF to its name. Last week I had taken a quick look into the difference between investing in a country’s currency or its stock market and while doing that I had the opportunity to take a look at all of the single country ETF’s that are currently traded on US markets. Then, today I noticed that Market Vectors confirmed a new ETF on Egypt would soon be trading, EGPT.

So I decided to take a look at every country that has an ETF to its name. I excluded all regional ETF’s so this means that the Middle East and Africa for example are not very represented. But I thought it would be interesting to take a look. It is stunning to see how Ishares has the top ETF (in terms of market cap) for almost every country available. But as companies like Market Vectors launch ETF’s on countries like Egypt and Vietnam, it will be interesting to see if Ishares can remain on top.

Another trend is for new ETF’s to be launched on subsectors of these single countries. This obviously leaves almost unlimited possibilities. The difficult part will be to get investors to buy such ETF’s.

I was also surprised to see that countries like Taiwan & India have more important ETF’s than major economies such as Germany, France and Spain. I’m not sure to have an explanation. Any ideas?

I would have expected to see higher fees for less developed countries such as Thailand but Ishares seems to have all their ETF’s on single countries at more or less the same fee ratios.

Any thoughts on the table? Do you know of any missing country ETF?

TickerNameDVD 1Y GrowthDVD 5Y Gr.Sales 5Y GrEPS 5Y Gr.Payout RatioP/E
OMCOmnicom Group Inc23.0821.6758.442.8817.73
MSFTMicrosoft Corp24.4217.398.5616.9435.1914.26
JCIJohnson Controls Inc10.819.5411.37N/A41.7714.68
PEPPepsiCo Inc5.585.959.293.0151.219.7
ETNEaton Corp PLC13.7512.7214.9N/A42.7417
DOVDover Corp8.069.26.8434.2625.7116.45
KNKnowles CorpN/AN/AN/AN/A0N/A
ITWIllinois Tool Works Inc9.336.273.59N/A43.821.84
XLNXXilinx Inc14.2913.1810.2918.7742.2620.73
SJMJM Smucker Co/The10.78-17.714.5721.5341.5917.66
BLKBlackRock Inc12.7817.4426.665.7339.0117.6
TROWT Rowe Price Group Inc-34.1710.2520.5454.9838.1920.89
OXYOccidental Petroleum Corp16.8115.5816.2245.7734.913.91
XOMExxon Mobil Corp10.269.7512.6420.834.3113.93
ADIAnalog Devices Inc12.111.686.6678.7860.3223.49
HASHasbro Inc10.1415.31.88N/A72.8823.4
MATMattel Inc13.1814.254N/A55.216.27
INTCIntel Corp09.9513.6657.2546.5614.32
AFLAflac Inc5.887.573.6914.3720.910.32
BAXBaxter International Inc16.3215.477.07N/A49.715.67

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  1. Comment by John — February 19, 2010 @ 6:01 am

    Really interesting! I didnt know there were that many single country ETFs! But returns are not that good for some. Are there some particular reasons? Tks!

  2. Comment by IS — February 25, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    @John – I think it’s just been a tough year so far and there seems to be a lot of correlation between the countries when things go bad. Will have to follow up in a few months

  3. Comment by Doctor Stock — February 20, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

    Great list… thanks!

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