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Old 12-01-2021, 07:11 AM   #1
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International stocks etf

Most international stocks etf weight heavily on Japan's big corporations.
It is understandable since Japan is number 3 in the world GDP.
However, Japan's economy has been stagnant for a couple decades.

I come to think it is better to own country based etf such as EWG,
iShares MSCI Germany ETF.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-01-2021, 07:41 AM   #2
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Although I've never done it, you could divide up the world by region. Along those lines, you could use "Franklin FTSE Asia ex Japan ETF" which charges 0.19% expense ratio.
https://etfdb.com/etf/FLAX/#charts

I also found an easier approach: invest in developed markets ex-Japan separately from emerging markets. The following shows the countries in that ETF - with Japan missing.
https://etfdb.com/etf/KOKU/#etf-ticker-profile
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I don't currently have an international fund because US stocks have been better on a trend basis. However, when I do it is in one of:

1. VINEX - small cap international
2. VEU - large cap international

Both have fair slices of the Japan market. Usually VINEX (active fund, SCZ etf could be substitute) beats VEU so that is my priority choice. I don't try to pick based on countries. I notice that right now VINEX has very little exposure to China whereas VEU has 9.5%.

My observation is that small cap international has been better then large cap international and less volatile then EM over the last 25 years.
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What about holding US equities with global currency and economy exposure? No fund expense. Many household names to choose from.
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Most international stocks etf weight heavily on Japan's big corporations.
It is understandable since Japan is number 3 in the world GDP.
However, Japan's economy has been stagnant for a couple decades.

I come to think it is better to own country based etf such as EWG,
iShares MSCI Germany ETF.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
Vanguard has an ETF for Europe, VGK. That gets you about 95% of the non-US developed country markets minus Japan.
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