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Below is a table in order of the sum of the 3, 6, and 12 month returns for individual country ETFs. Each column represents returns for various time frames and the percent each ETF is above (or below) the 200 day moving averages as of April's close. This list is tracked monthly on the right hand side of my blog Scott's Investments. As of March I started tracking two new country ETFs, GXG (Colombia) and BRF (Brazil Small Cap). To be fair to BRF, it does not yet have 1 year of history so the sum of its 3-6-12 month returns will be artificially lower than some of the other ETFs.

Note that all country ETFs are above their 200 day moving average except [[EW0]] (Austria), EWK (Belgium), FXI (China 25 Index), EWQ (France), EWI (Italy) and EWP (Spain). To see last month's list click here.

The top 5 based on the sum of the 3-6-12 month returns are below. Last month's top five were RSX (Russia), GXG (Colombia), TUR (Turkey), EWW (Mexico), and THD (Thailand). The top five for this month are: RSX, TUR, THD, GXG, and EWW. In other words, no change other than the order of the top 5.

One potential strategy investors could use would be to purchase the top ETFs based on the sum of their returns over 3, 6, and 12 months. Or, one could purchase ETFs based solely on 6 month returns (a strategy featured on ETF Screen). An additional twist would be to only purchase the top performing ETFs if they are also above the 200 day moving average or to use more in-depth and active trading strategies like the one I detailed here. Many of the strategies detailed here were inspired by Mebane Faber's The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets

The data source for the information below is Finviz, which has some of the best free financial data on the web (as well as a new elite service).


Ticker Company Free Trend Analysis Quarter Half Year Year Sum 200-Day SMA
TUR iShares MSCI Turkey Invest Mkt Index Here 10.26% 25.80% 106.25% 142.31% 18.41%
GXG Global X/InterBolsa FTSE Colombia 20 ETF Here 11.93% 24.87% 89.25% 126.05% 13.82%
RSX Market Vectors Russia ETF Here 9.11% 23.22% 93.33% 125.66% 14.13%
EWW iShares MSCI Mexico Investable Mkt Idx Here 15.20% 23.55% 72.33% 111.08% 12.21%
THD iShares MSCI Thailand Invest Mkt Index Here 15.46% 17.02% 76.48% 108.96% 11.05%
EWS iShares MSCI Singapore Index Here 11.41% 16.83% 69.15% 97.39% 10.02%
EWZ iShares MSCI Brazil Index Here 11.70% 11.49% 66.80% 89.99% 5.96%
EWD iShares MSCI Sweden Index Here 16.77% 14.30% 58.39% 89.46% 11.05%
EWC iShares MSCI Canada Index Here 15.51% 19.37% 52.76% 87.64% 9.94%
EWY iShares MSCI South Korea Index Here 14.11% 19.64% 52.81% 86.56% 12.38%
EZA iShares MSCI South Africa Index Here 13.53% 18.88% 53.80% 86.21% 9.37%
EWA iShares MSCI Australia Index Here 11.09% 7.33% 64.61% 83.03% 6.54%
PIN PowerShares India Here 8.74% 13.33% 59.22% 81.29% 6.72%
EWM iShares MSCI Malaysia Index Here 13.84% 15.48% 51.45% 80.77% 13.08%
ECH iShares MSCI Chile Investable Mkt Idx Here 1.22% 16.51% 54.62% 72.35% 8.94%
PGJ PowerShares Gldn Dragon Halter USX China Here 13.25% 13.40% 44.46% 71.11% 5.70%
EIS iShares MSCI Israel Cap Invest Mkt Index Here 1.87% 12.22% 55.40% 69.49% 5.12%
EWO iShares MSCI Austria Investable Mkt Idx Here 5.11% 1.13% 50.84% 57.08% -0.38%
EWN iShares MSCI Netherlands Invstbl Mkt Idx Here 2.29% 5.01% 49.22% 56.52% 2.06%
GXC SPDR S&P China Here 8.60% 3.32% 41.98% 53.90% 1.71%
EWU iShares MSCI United Kingdom Index Here 3.18% 3.11% 39.77% 46.06% 1.54%
EWH iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index Here 7.04% 2.29% 35.47% 44.80% 0.94%
EWL iShares MSCI Switzerland Index Here 2.96% 3.20% 37.43% 43.59% 1.10%
EWT iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Here 5.30% 8.91% 26.47% 40.68% 5.61%
EWJ iShares MSCI Japan Index Here 5.59% 10.18% 23.84% 39.61% 4.44%
JPP SPDR Russell/Nomura PRIME Japan Here 5.34% 8.76% 24.18% 38.28% 4.18%
EWK iShares MSCI Belgium Investable Mkt Idx Here -1.35% 0.00% 39.37% 38.02% -2.17%
PJO PowerShares FTSE RAFI Japan Here 4.00% 10.33% 23.15% 37.48% 4.36%
EWG iShares MSCI Germany Index Here 5.16% 0.56% 27.70% 33.42% -0.66%
FXI iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Here 6.47% -2.67% 29.53% 33.33% -2.32%
BRF Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap ETF Here 10.97% 16.55% 27.52% 7.88%
EWQ iShares MSCI France Index Here -1.13% -4.85% 26.73% 20.75% -5.29%
EWI iShares MSCI Italy Index Here -5.31% -12.43% 14.40% -3.34% -11.12%
EWP iShares MSCI Spain Index Here -8.05% -16.18% 19.59% -4.64% -13.55%

Disclosure: No positions

Source: Individual Country ETF Portfolio for May