Use Country ETFs to Pick, Choose Strong Markets | ETF Trends

More investors are taking a second look at international markets, but many are painting the international asset category in broad strokes. However, through country-specific exchange traded funds, anyone can take up targeted exposure to focus on strong performers and ignore less desirable markets.

The global equity market landscape varies widely, covering many different markets and economic conditions, since no two country economies are the same.

“Country equity fundamentals vary widely across Developed and Emerging markets. As such, access to country level exposures allows investors to surgically target desired fundamental attributes such as dividend yield or valuation,” Alec Young, managing director of global markets research for FTSE Russell, said in a note.

FTSE Global Equity Index Series

To illustrate the point, FTSE Russell recently analyzed several fundamental measures of Developed and Emerging market countries in its FTSE Global Equity Index Series.

According to FTSE Russell data, indices that cover Russia, Australia and the United Kingdom offer some of the most attractive dividend yields with payouts above 4%, so income-seekers may be more keen on looking at these areas. ETF investors can target these markets through country-specific plays like the Franklin FTSE Russia ETF (NYSEArca: FLRU), Franklin FTSE Australia ETF (NYSEArca: FLAU) and Franklin FTSE United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: FLGB).