Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSE: EWZ ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at iShares MSCI Brazil and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.
|Total Net Assets
||Seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Brazilian market
|Trailing Dividend Yield
|1-Year / 3-Year / 5-Year Annualized Returns
||(31.3%) / 8% / 9.4%
|Major Holdings with High CAPS Rating (4 or 5 Stars) and Portfolio Weight
||Petrobras (NYSE: PBR ) (17.7%)
Vale (NYSE: VALE ) (15.8%)
Banco Bradesco (NYSE: BBD ) (5.9%)
||Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap (NYSE: BRF )
SPDR S&P Emerging Latin America (NYSE: GML )
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 2,128 members who have rated iShares MSCI Brazil believe the ETF will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Speachless and lgcphixion.
Earlier this year, Speachless listed several reasons to get bullish on Brazil: "Energy independent. Food producer for South America. Room for expansion. Solid Currency. Politically Stable."
EWZ in particular sports an annual turnover ratio of just 13%. That's lower than that of other Latin America ETF alternatives like Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap (84%) and SPDR S&P Emerging Latin America (23%).
CAPS member lgcphixion elaborates on the bull case:
Since the 2008 crisis, several countries have recovered much more favorably than others. China of course being the main example, but Brazil is also well-positioned. Add to this the vast resources at hand in Brazil (mining and agriculture are big) and China's desperation to grab at it as factors into the future growth and resurgence of Brazil. Is in not a sign that with both the World Cup and Summer Games upcoming in Rio that Brazil is on the rise?
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