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  • International ETF Portfolio for October 0 comments
    Oct 5, 2010 10:23 AM | about stocks: ECH, GXG, THD, EPU, TUR, BRF, IDX, EWM, EZA, EWD, HAO, EWS, EWH, PIN, EWT, PGJ, EWY, GXC
    Below is a table in order of the sum of the 3, 6, and 12 month returns for a diverse list of individual country ETFs. Each column represents returns for various timeframes and the percent each ETF is above (or below) the 200 day moving averages as of September's close.  This list is tracked monthly on the right hand side of my blog Scott's Investments.  Earlier this summer I made some additional additions so please take a moment to review the new ETFs. 
    To see last months 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
     (in order) GXG, THD, ECH, BRF (Brazil small cap), and IDX (Indonesia). This month's top five are ECH (Chile), GXG (Colombia), THD (Thailand), EPU (Peru), and TUR (Turkey), 
      Last month the top 5 returned 8.94% while benchmarks EFA and EEM returned 8.42% and 11.38%. 
    This month there is only one ETF below the 200 day moving average, EWJ (Japan).
     
    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 and 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).


    No position disclosures
     
     
     



    Ticker Company Trend Performance (Quarter) Half Year Year Sum 200-Day SMA
    ECH iShares MSCI Chile Investable Mkt Idx Here 30.43% 33.23% 55.08% 118.74% 25.16%
    GXG Global X/InterBolsa FTSE Colombia 20 ETF Here 31.31% 35.23% 50.67% 117.21% 30.04%
    THD iShares MSCI Thailand Invest Mkt Index Here 34.59% 26.63% 49.51% 110.73% 31.88%
    EPU iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Here 30.82% 26.38% 34.51% 91.71% 26.56%
    TUR iShares MSCI Turkey Invest Mkt Index Here 31.19% 19.61% 39.98% 90.78% 21.83%
    BRF Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap ETF Here 28.05% 20.84% 41.25% 90.14% 19.62%
    IDX Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF Here 20.29% 20.14% 46.65% 87.08% 22.17%
    EWM iShares MSCI Malaysia Index Here 19.48% 16.24% 37.26% 72.98% 17.56%
    EZA iShares MSCI South Africa Index Here 27.36% 8.89% 25.25% 61.50% 16.46%
    EWD iShares MSCI Sweden Index Here 25.25% 10.57% 25.36% 61.18% 16.35%
    HAO Claymore/AlphaShares China Small Cap Here 25.44% 6.63% 28.69% 60.76% 14.89%
    EWS iShares MSCI Singapore Index Here 17.09% 12.51% 25.78% 55.38% 13.18%
    EWH iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index Here 22.57% 11.49% 20.61% 54.67% 16.32%
    PIN PowerShares India Here 13.17% 10.07% 19.94% 43.18% 13.80%
    EWZ iShares MSCI Brazil Index Here 22.20% 2.67% 17.44% 42.31% 10.55%
    EWT iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Here 21.20% 5.20% 11.89% 38.29% 10.01%
    PGJ PowerShares Gldn Dragon Halter USX China Here 16.40% 5.08% 14.82% 36.30% 9.73%
    EWY iShares MSCI South Korea Index Here 19.10% 3.64% 13.18% 35.92% 10.60%
    GXC SPDR S&P China Here 13.60% 4.10% 15.69% 33.39% 8.81%
    EWW iShares MSCI Mexico Investable Mkt Idx Here 11.02% -1.69% 22.61% 31.94% 4.96%
    EWA iShares MSCI Australia Index Here 25.01% -2.98% 8.01% 30.04% 7.29%
    RSX Market Vectors Russia ETF Here 17.65% -7.53% 17.52% 27.64% 2.90%
    EIS iShares MSCI Israel Cap Invest Mkt Index Here 20.13% -7.14% 13.36% 26.35% 3.15%
    EWU iShares MSCI United Kingdom Index Here 20.29% -1.33% 6.72% 25.68% 5.53%
    EWC iShares MSCI Canada Index Here 13.90% -1.37% 11.05% 23.58% 4.97%
    EWK iShares MSCI Belgium Investable Mkt Idx Here 19.64% 0.84% 2.55% 23.03% 7.41%
    EWO iShares MSCI Austria Investable Mkt Idx Here 25.75% -1.77% -7.49% 16.49% 6.65%
    EWL iShares MSCI Switzerland Index Here 12.80% -2.44% 5.26% 15.62% 5.08%
    FXI iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Here 8.74% 0.09% 6.41% 15.24% 5.78%
    EWN iShares MSCI Netherlands Invstbl Mkt Idx Here 16.25% -3.05% 1.96% 15.16% 4.65%
    EWG iShares MSCI Germany Index Here 15.61% -1.03% -0.81% 13.77% 5.76%
    PJO PowerShares FTSE RAFI Japan Here 8.73% -4.26% 4.29% 8.76% 1.83%
    EWQ iShares MSCI France Index Here 20.43% -6.18% -7.20% 7.05% 3.13%
    JPP SPDR Russell/Nomura PRIME Japan Here 6.41% -4.61% 0.72% 2.52% 0.67%
    EWJ iShares MSCI Japan Index Here 7.10% -6.75% 0.36% 0.71% -0.10%
    EWP iShares MSCI Spain Index Here 22.00% -6.03% -16.67% -0.70% 0.97%
    EWI iShares MSCI Italy Index Here 18.31% -9.68% -16.75% -8.12% 0.07%
     

    Disclosure: No positions
    Stocks: ECH, GXG, THD, EPU, TUR, BRF, IDX, EWM, EZA, EWD, HAO, EWS, EWH, PIN, EWT, PGJ, EWY, GXC
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