Countries In Review: November 2019

Countries In Review: November 2019

Emerging markets had a few trouble spots

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell

September was a mostly positive month for country ETFs, with only a few funds landing in the red. Notably, the iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (TUR) led the pack, with a gain of 11.17%. It was followed by the Global X MSCI Pakistan ETF (PAK), up 9.84%; and the iShares MSCI South Korea ETF (EWY), up 6.32%. The VanEck Vectors Egypt Index ETF (EGPT) was the worst performer, down 4.68%. The iShares MSCI UAE ETF (UAE) and the iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (EPHE) were down 2.13% and 2.06%, respectively. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) stood at the top of inflows, pulling in a massive $7.7 billion, while the iShares MSCI Hong Kong ETF (EWH) pulled in $154.5 million and the iShares MSCI Australia ETF (EWA) gained $109.5 million. The biggest loser in terms of flows was the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ), which lost $1.1 billion, while the iShares MSCI Switzerland ETF (EWL) dropped $122.2 million and the iShares MSCI Germany ETF (EWG) lost $32.4 million.




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Index Data Source: MSCI.
Sources: Bloomberg and FactSet.
Data from 08/31/2019 to 09/30/2019.

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.