iShares MSCI Switzerland ETF taps global leaders

iShares MSCI Switzerland ETF taps global leaders

A Member of Pat McKeough’s Inner Circle recently asked for his advice on an ETF that tracks this European nation’s top big-cap and mid-cap stocks.

Switzerland has a stable, export-oriented economy, which regularly ranks among the most competitive in the world. Pat notes that the fund… Read More

Switzerland is a global export leader

Switzerland has a stable, export-oriented economy, which regularly ranks among the most competitive in the world. In addition, it is home to some of the world’s top-performing and best-known companies.
Here is one ETF that provides exposure to leading Swiss publicly traded companies.
ISHARES MSCI SWITZERLAND… Read More

Narrower focus will pay off for these two

In the past few years, activist investment firms have pressured ABB and BHP to sell their unprofitable operations. That has freed up cash for share buybacks and dividends.
ABB LTD. ADRs $20 (New York symbol ABB; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 2.1 billion;… Read More

Q: Pat, I want to invest in Swiss stocks and was wondering what your thoughts are on Switzerland, in general, and the iShares MSCI Switzerland ETF, in particular? Thank you.

A: Switzerland has a strong economic system where the country’s revenue exceeds its expenses, so there is no deficit. That improves its self-reliance and the stability of its currency.

The country also has flexible labour markets, high productivity and an emphasis on high-value exports that are… Read More

Their activists spur positive changes

ABB LTD. (ADR) $19 (New York symbol ABB; Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 2.1 billion; Market cap: $39.9 billion; Dividend yield: 4.2%; Takeover Target Rating: Low; www.abb.com) makes transformers, transmission systems and circuit breakers for electrical utilities. It also produces automation systems and robotics for industrial clients.
For… Read More

Two low-risk ways to add global exposure

A great way to invest in foreign companies is through American Depositary Receipts, or ADRs, which represent one or more shares of the foreign stock. Here are two ADRs that a good picks for conservative investors.
ABB LTD. ADRs $20 (New York symbol ABB; Conservative Growth Portfolio,… Read More