With great investing opportunities outside the U.S., ETFs make global investing easier and provide a way to reach growing areas around the world. Look at Europe, some say there is low growth in the area. While U.S. indexes are down for the year, most European ETFs are showing a positive return. iShares MSCI Switzerland Index (EWL) is up 7%, iShares MSCI Austria Index (EWO) is up 13%, and even though there has been little GDP growth in the country, iShares MSCI Germany Index (EWG) is up 1.3%.
Researching companies outside the U.S. takes time and if it is not offered as an ADR (American Depository Receipt) investing becomes that much more complicated and time consuming. ETFs can cut the research time down and allow for quicker entry into the growing areas.
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