The iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund(EWG) is down over 8% year-to-date while iShares MSCI France Index Fund (EWQ) is down just over 3%. The German ETF is down since German stocks has been more negatively impacted due to the Ukraine crisis. Germany has more exposure to Russia than France.
Here is a quick comparsion of the two ETFs:
a) iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund (EWG):
Net Assets = $4.8 Billion
Number of Holdings = 55
Distribution Yield = 4.24%
b) iShares MSCI France Index Fund (EWQ):
Net Assets = $2.6 Billion
Number of Holdings = 74
Distribution Yield = 4.40%
However over the long-term the German ETF handily beat the French ETF. For example, over 5 years the German ETF was up by over 40%. But the French ETF was up by only 14%. Similarly over the 10 year period, Germany shot up by 82% while France went up just 33%. So long-term investors may want to ignore short-term performance of German equities.
The 10-year performance of the two ETFs are shown below:
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Source: Google Finance