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ETF Research and Analysis

by Patricia Oey
Suitability
Vanguard FTSE Pacific VPL provides cap-weighted exposure to Japan, Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Aside from the fact that these countries all reside in the Asia-Pacific region, these markets have little   Read more 

Bull Case

Relatively stronger GDP growth in Asia may drive revenue growth for a number of companies in this fund over the long run.
VPL's holdings are domiciled in countries with well-developed financial systems and strong commercial laws.
This fund has a dividend yield of around 3%. Read more 

Bear Case

Many of the companies in this fund are export-dependent. A slow global growth environment could weigh on the performance of this fund's holdings.
Japanese companies, which account for 50% of this fund, face a challenging domestic macro environment. While aggressive quantitative easing has provided an initial boost, many key structural changes needed for the economy have not yet been addressed. Read more 

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