Five top iShares ETFs for foreign growth

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The quality of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) varies widely. All too many exist to tap into popular, but risky, themes and fads. So you need to be highly selective with your ETF holdings. ETFs offer very low management fees. In addition, the best ETFs offer well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of high-quality stocks. Here are five foreign ETFs we like: ISHARES MSCI JAPAN INDEX FUND $10.48 (American Exchange symbol EWJ; buy or sell through a broker; us.ishares.com) is an exchange-traded fund that tries to match the return of the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Japan index. The fund’s top holdings include: Toyota Motor, 4.4%; Honda Motor Co., 2.7%; Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, 2.7%; Canon, 2.4%; Sumitomo Mitsui Financial, 1.8%; Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., 1.6%; Tokyo Electric Power Co., 1.5%; Sony Corporation, 1.5%; Mitsubishi Corporation, 1.4%; and Mizuho Financial Group, 1.4%. The fund’s industry breakdown is as follows: Industrials, 20.0%; Consumer Discretionary, 19.1%; Financials, 16.7%; Information Technology, 13.3%; Materials, 7.6%; Utilities, 5.9%; Health Care, 5.6%. Consumer Staples, 5.3%; Telecommunication Services,…

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