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The following is a list of foreign financial sector stocks with great management teams, as defined by the 5-year average return on assets and return on equity ratios.

This list might be interesting to investors looking for financial sector exposure outside of U.S. capital markets. We're not going to go into detailed analysis for each company, the goal here is to give you a starting point for your own analysis.

Management efficiency data sourced from Reuters, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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1. ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE): Switzerland. Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $20.3B. 5-year average return on assets at 2.83% vs. industry average at 0.31%. 5-year return on equity at 13.19% vs. industry average at 2.93%. Short float at 1.65%, which implies a short ratio of 2.7 days. The stock has gained 18.75% over the last year.

2. BBVA Banco Frances S.A. (NYSE:BFR): Argentina. Foreign Regional Bank. Market cap of $2.18B. 5-year average return on assets at 1.60% vs. industry average at 0.85%. 5-year return on equity at 55.49% vs. industry average at 12.37%. Short float at 0.64%, which implies a short ratio of 0.87 days. The stock has gained 103.68% over the last year.

3. China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (NYSE:LFC): China. Life Insurance Industry. Market cap of $128.1B. 5-year average return on assets at 2.95% vs. industry average at 0.50%. 5-year return on equity at 16.92% vs. industry average at 6.10%. Short float at 0.3%, which implies a short ratio of 2.49 days. The stock has lost -5.99% over the last year.

4. Itau Unibanco Banco Multiplo SA (NYSE:ITUB): Brazil. Foreign Money Center Banks Industry. Market cap of $111.42B. 5-year average return on assets at 2.80% vs. industry average at 0.85%. 5-year return on equity at 33.07% vs. industry average at 12.37%. Short float at 0.75%, which implies a short ratio of 1.83 days. The stock has gained 14.57% over the last year.

5. Banco de Chile (NYSE:BCH): Chile. Foreign Regional Bank. Market cap of $11.85B. 5-year average return on assets at 1.84% vs. industry average at 0.85%. 5-year return on equity at 24.24% vs. industry average at 12.37%. Short float at 0.52%, which implies a short ratio of 7.96 days. The stock has gained 83.95% over the last year.

6. Banco Macro S.A. (NYSE:BMA): Argentina. Foreign Regional Bank. Market cap of $3.B. 5-year average return on assets at 3.09% vs. industry average at 0.85%. 5-year return on equity at 24.22% vs. industry average at 12.37%. Short float at 0.66%, which implies a short ratio of 1.82 days. The stock has gained 65.4% over the last year.

7. Homex Development Corp. (NYSE:HXM): Mexico. Property Management Industry. Market cap of $1.9B. 5-year average return on assets at 7.41% vs. industry average at 2.27%. 5-year return on equity at 14.49% vs. industry average at 9.15%. Short float at 9.22%, which implies a short ratio of 15.64 days. The stock has lost -1.88% over the last year.

8. Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Provida SA (NYSE:PVD): Chile. Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $1.66B. 5-year average return on assets at 14.46% vs. industry average at 8.50%. 5-year return on equity at 18.57% vs. industry average at 12.86%. Short float at 0.08%, which implies a short ratio of 0.52 days. The stock has gained 111.27% over the last year.

9. Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:SAN): Chile. Foreign Bank. Market cap of $17.05B. 5-year average return on assets at 2.09% vs. industry average at 0.85%. 5-year return on equity at 23.55% vs. industry average at 12.37%. Short float at 2.49%, which implies a short ratio of 6.11 days. The stock has gained 61.85% over the last year.

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Source: 9 Foreign Financial Sector Stocks With Great Management Teams