International stocks, and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold them, are gaining more value now that interest rates have declined. Bill Donoghue for MarketWatch says it’s a triple whammy: Rising foreign stock values, plus a weakening dollar and lowered interest rates combine to make foreign investments highly attractive. Some foreign ETFs that have been performing well lately with the triple whammy play include:

  • iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (FXI) – up 56.3% year-to-date
  • iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) – up 52.1% year-to-date
  • iShares MSCI South Korea Index (EWY) – up 36.4% year-to-date
  • Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock ETF (VWO) – up 31.9% year-to-date
  • iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index (EWH) – up 29.9% year-to-date

In comparison, the S&P 500 is up 7.6% year-to-date.

For full disclosure, some of Tom Lydon’s clients own EWH.

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