Countries In Review: June 2021

April was largely a positive month for country ETFs.

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell

April was a mostly positive month for country ETFs. The iShares MSCI Poland ETF (EPOL) led the way, with a return of 9.61%. That was followed by the Global X MSCI Greece ETF (GREK) and the iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF (EWT), which were up 7.87% and 7.64%, respectively. At the other end of the spectrum, the iShares MSCI Chile ETF (ECH) was down 6.86%, the iShares MSCI Peru ETF (EPU) decreased by 6.66% and the Global X MSCI Colombia ETF (GXG) fell 5.85%. In terms of flows, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) pulled in $590.3 million, more than any other country ETF. The iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI) claimed the No. 2 spot, with a gain of $367.6 million, while the iShares MSCI Italy ETF (EWI) added $239.9 million. The iShares MSCI South Korea ETF (EWY), meanwhile, lost more than any other country ETF, with outflows of $858.1 million. It was followed by the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ), which dropped $401.4 million, and the iShares MSCI Switzerland ETF (EWL), which lost $208.3 million.




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Note: This list intends to capture the returns of most liquid ETFs tracking individual countries around the world. It does not capture every country in the MSCI All Country World Index.


Heather Bell is a former managing editor of She has also held editorial positions at Dow Jones Indexes and Lehman Brothers. Bell is a graduate of Dartmouth college and resides in the Denver area with her two dogs.