Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the Vanguard MSCI Pacific ETF
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Vanguard MSCI Pacific and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.
Vanguard MSCI Pacific facts
|Total Assets||$1.43 billion|
|Investment Approach||Seeks to track the performance of the MSCI Pacific Index, which measures the return of stocks issued by companies located in the major markets of the Pacific region.|
|1-Year / 3-Year / 5-Year Annual Returns||(11.5%) / 11.5% / (2.7%)|
|Major Holdings With High CAPS Interest (at least 1,000 active picks) and Portfolio Weight||
iShares S&P Asia 50
iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan
Sources: Morningstar and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 90% of the 91 members who have rated Vanguard MSCI Pacific believe the ETF will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Allstar13913 and hochnath, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.
Having gotten on board a few years ago, Allstar13913 succinctly summed up the opportunity: "This ETF covers Pacific Rim stocks with a low cost basis. I believe it will win in the long run."
In fact, Vanguard MSCI Pacific sports a low expense ratio of 0.14%. That's much cheaper than that of other Pacific/Asia ETFs like iShares S&P Asia 50 (0.50%) and iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan (0.50%).
CAPS All-Star hochnath elaborates on the bull case:
I like the way that Vanguard has created this fund, because it is made up of established Pacific countries not the emerging market ones. This means that we are looking at countries like Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore; rather than the emerging market countries.
You may be thinking that they should have included countries like China and Korea, but Vanguard has already done that with their emerging market ETF [Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets]. ...
So here is the deal. We are talking about big name companies that we have all heard of: BHP Billiton, Honda and Toyota Motors ... just to name a couple of the major players in this ETF.
It also pays out an annual dividend that is quite attractive. ... [I]f you have any real money sitting in an IRA or another long term account this is a great ETF to own.
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