International ETFs With Lower Exposure to Europe

December 21, 2011

Investors looking for international exposure should consider limiting their exposure to Europe as eurozone policymakers continue working to find a solution to the continent’s debt crisis, according to a report by Morningstar.

Patricia Oey, analyst at Morningstar, created the following list of ETFs that can provide relative stable international exposure:

  • WisdomTree International SmallCap Dividend (NYSEArca: DLS) -- DLS currently has a yield of 4.2 percent and offers 38 percent exposure to European Securities.
  • First Trust DJ Global Select Dividend (NYSEArca: FGD) -- Chosen for its heavy weighting – 20 percent –  in U.S. stocks and it’s three-year Sortino ratio of 1.86.
  • WisdomTree Asia-Pacific ex-Japan (NYSEArca: AXJL) -- The Asia-focused AXJL invests in emerging Asian countries excluding Japan, and currently has a yield of 4.7 percent. China accounts for 11 percent of the fund.
  • iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan (NYSEArca: EPP) -- A second option for investors seeking an Asia-focused fund. EPP only invests in developed Asian countries, including Australia and Hong Kong. EPP holds 20 percent in natural resources firms.

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