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ETF Research and Analysis

by Patricia Oey
Suitability

IShares Global 100 IOO offers exposure to the 100 largest multinational companies in the world, which includes names such as Apple AAPL, Nestle, HSBC HSBC, and Toyota TM. This fund is suitable for use as a core holding,  Read more 

Bull Case

This fund's holdings are very high-quality multinational firms.
Many of these firms are well-positioned to capitalize on the faster-growing emerging markets.
This fund has a relatively high yield of more than 3%. In 2013 and 2012, 100% of the dividends were considered qualified by the IRS. Read more 

Bear Case

Vanguard Total World Stock, a much cheaper option, provides broader exposure that includes small caps. Small caps generally provide better diversification as they are more leveraged to local economies.
With its large 50% exposure to U.S. stocks, this fund may have significant overlap with most U.S. investors' existing portfolios. Read more 

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