All major global stock markets fell at the initial outbreak of COVID-19, but top markets have since rebounded. We think the outlook remains positive for quality stocks in the right countries, and one way to profit from that—while cutting your risk—is to invest in quality ETFs.
Here’s a look at two international funds we believe are well-suited for your new buying.
ISHARES MSCI GERMANY FUND (New York symbol EWG) tracks the stocks in the MSCI Germany Index. Through its holdings, it aims to replicate 85% of the market capitalization of the German stock market. The remaining 15% is unavailable to foreign investors; that’s partly due to limitations on foreign ownership.
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Regardless, the ETF offers you exposure to Germany’s top stocks: SAP (software), 9.6% of assets; Siemens (engineering), 7.9%; Allianz (insurance), 6.1%; Daimler AG (automobiles), 5.4%; BASF (chemicals), 4.2%; Adidas AG, 4.0%; Deutsche Telekom, 3.9%; Deutsche Post AG, 3.9%; and Infineon Technologies (computer chips), 3.9%.
The fund began trading in 1996. Investors pay a reasonable 0.51% MER.
The German economy returned to growth in the 2021 second quarter, rebounding by 1.5%. The original forecast was for 2.0% growth, but that was slowed by supply chain disruptions due to the pandemic, a shortage of raw materials, and the impact of devastating floods in parts of western Germany.
These factors have hurt the country, which relies heavily on the export of industrial products. However, the economy resumed growing at a steady pace in the second half of the year. The gradual lifting of lockdown measures at home and abroad is strengthening both domestic and foreign demand. Meanwhile, the country needs to successfully control the course of the pandemic amid uncertainty over the course of the pandemic due to the emergence of more infectious strains of the virus.
ISHARES MSCI AUSTRALIA ETF (New York symbol EWA) gives you exposure to 65 of Australia’s major stocks.
The ETF’s top holdings are Commonwealth Bank of Australia at 11.5% of assets; CSL Ltd. (biotechnology), 8.4%; BHP Group (mining), 6.7%; National Australia Bank, 5.8%; Westpac Banking, 5.8%; Australia and New Zealand Banking, 4.9%; Macquarie Group (financial services), 4.2%; and Wesfarmers (conglomerate), 4.0%.
By industry, the fund’s holdings break down as Financials, 36.8%; Mining, 15.9%; Health Care, 11.3%; Consumer Discretionary, 7.2%; Real Estate, 6.8%; Consumer Staples, 5.5%; Industrials, 5.1%; Information Technology, 4.0%; Energy, 3.6%; Telecom, 2.2%; and Utilities, 1.7%.
The iShares MSCI Australia ETF started up March 12, 1996, and investors pay a reasonable 0.51% MER.
To counteract the economic effects of COVID-19, Australia’s government and central bank jointly delivered emergency measures. This included major stimulus packages. Meanwhile, the central bank has cut rates to all-time lows.
Sydney emerged from lockdown at the start of October 2021 and restrictions are set to be further lifted, with Melbourne following suit. That bodes well for economic activity going forward. Moreover, the government aims to reach a trade deal with the EU by the end of 2022, which would boost the trade sector.
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