Stock ETFs To Eye If Greece Gets Better

February 07, 2012

It could be a good time for investors to start looking into buying Europe-focused ETFs, as European stocks look cheap and signs may be increasing that Greece and Europe are on the mend, according to an article on MarketWatch.

Still, investors should remain wary, as European policymakers haven’t yet totally figured out how to manage the crisis. That means stock prices may still be vulnerable to declines, the MarketWatch article said.

For investors looking to gain exposure at a low cost, the article highlighted the following ETFs:

  • Vanguard MSCI Europe ETF (NYSEArca: VGK), which has the cheapest expense ratio of the group, and the heaviest exposure to companies in relatively stable European countries such as the U.K., France, Germany and Switzerland.
  • SPDR Stoxx Europe 50 ETF (NYSEArca: FEU), for investors seeking a more concentrated play on European stocks, including more than 40 percent in U.K. stocks.
  • WisdomTree Europe Small-Cap Dividend (NYSEArca: DFE), which has exposure to small U.K. and eurozone companies. However, small-cap firms are more sensitive to economic cycles, meaning their shares trade with more volatility than those of larger companies.


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