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Country-Specific ETFs: An Efficient Approach to Global Asset Allocation

The article shows that country-specific exchange-traded funds (ETFs) enhance global asset allocation strategies. Because ETFs can be sold short even on a downtick, global strategies that diversify risk across country-specific ETFs generate efficiency gains that cannot be achieved by simply investing in a global index open- or closed-end fund. Besides, the benefits of international diversification can be achieved with country-specific ETFs at low cost, with low tracking error and in a tax-efficient way. For all these reasons, country-specific ETFs may be considered serious competitors to traditional country open and closed-end funds. A revisited version of this paper was published in the March 2007 issue of the Journal of Asset Management.

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Joëlle Miffre

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The article shows that country-specific exchange-traded funds (ETFs) enhance global asset allocation strategies. Because ETFs can be sold short even on a downtick, global strategies that diversify risk across country-specific ETFs generate efficiency gains that cannot be achieved by simply investing in a global index open- or closed-end fund. Besides, the benefits of international diversification can be achieved with country-specific ETFs at low cost, with low tracking error and in a tax-efficient way. For all these reasons, country-specific ETFs may be considered serious competitors to traditional country open and closed-end funds. A revisited version of this paper was published in the March 2007 issue of the Journal of Asset Management.

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Type : Working paper
Date : 31/05/2006
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