This ETF is focused on Philippine growth

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Over the past few years, the Philippines has often made news headlines for the activities of its outspoken President. But the country also experienced a decade of strong economic growth—at least until the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020. Here is one ETF that provides you with exposure to the top companies listed in the Philippines. ISHARES MSCI PHILIPPINES ETF $31.90 (New York symbol EPHE; TSINetwork ETF Rating: Aggressive; Market cap: $128.1 million) tracks the performance of the largest publicly listed Philippine companies. Industrial companies account for 31% of this ETF’s assets, while Real Estate (24%), Financials (16%), Utilities (7%), Consumer Discretionary (7%), and Communications (6%) are other key segments. The ETF holds a portfolio of 40 stocks; the top 10 holdings make up 59.7% of its assets. They are SM Prime Holdings (Real Estate, 11.1%), Ayala Land (Real Estate, 8.5%), SM Investments (Industrials, 7.1%), Ayala Corporation (Industrials, 6.3%), International Container Terminals (Industrials, 5.5%), Bank of Philippine Islands (Financials, 4.7%), JG Summit Holdings (Industrials, 4.7%),…

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