The Top 10 International ETFs by Assets

Hundreds of ETFs are listed on the exchanges. However not all of them are able to attract significant amount of assets. The following are the top 10 global ETFs by Total Net Assets:

  1. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index (EEM)
  2. iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)
  3. iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (FXI)
  4. Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock ETF (VWO)
  5. iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ)
  6. iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ)
  7. Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (VEA)
  8. Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (VEU)
  9. iShares MSCI Taiwan Index(EWT)
  10. iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan (EPP)

EEM and EFA have assets of $30.7B and $30.2 B respectively as of June 19,2009 making them the largest two international ETFs. Nearly half of the top 10 ETFs are related to emerging markets. This shows that investors are betting heavily on emerging markets this year. EEM, the largest emerging market ETF is also one of the largest traded ETF in the NYSE on a daily basis. Not surprisingly the ETF for China has the third most assets since China is one of the most favored destination for investors. The iShares Brazil ETF (EWZ) offers exposure to most large Brazilian companies as it tracks the Bolsa de Valores de So Paulo index.

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