Jonathan Bernstein of ETF Zone illustrates the strength in Asian exchange traded funds.  Asian ETFs have outperformed domestic markets on a 1, 2 and 5-year return basis.  The performance of single country ETFs in Asia are up about 50% for the past year, compared to 10-15% for S&P Depositary Receipts (SPY) or the Diamonds Trust (DIA).  The cause for this performance could be related to a weakening dollar compared to Asian currencies.

The chart below shows the growth of single country Asian ETFs over the last year.  Year-to-date these countries have also performed well.  iShares MSCI Korea (EWY) is up 13%, iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 (FXI) increased 33%, iShares MSCI Japan (EWJ) grew 9%, iShares MSCI Singapore (EWS) 17%, and iShares MSCI Malaysia (EWM) is up 14%.

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