Switzerland and ETF Could Be On the Mend, But More Woes Predicted
ETF Trends - Keeping a Grip on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
Switzerland recently got socked by the global credit crunch, but the country and its exchange traded fund (ETF) seem to be in recovery mode.
The Swiss bank UBS (UBS) had write-downs in the billions last week. Around the same time, mutual funds investing in the country began experiencing inflows. Year-to-date, those funds have reported $2.4 billion in inflows, the bulk of which took place last week, reports Trang Ho for Investor's Business Daily.
It's a turnaround from last year, when those funds experienced $280 million in outflows. iShares MSCI Switzerland (EWL) has gained 1% during the past year. Year-to-date, it's down 0.6%, but in the last month, it's moved up 2.9%.
One economist predicts more reports of losses and more financial turmoil through the end of the second quarter.
The financial sector accounts for 15% of the Swiss gross domestic product (GDP), and it could make or break the overall economy. The financial sector in the ETF is the third heaviest weighting at 22.6%. The top two are healthcare (30.4%) and consumer goods (25.5%).
UBS is the third-largest holding in the fund, as well, with 5.6% of the assets. The other two holdings have a bigger share of the assets: Nestle has 18.3% and Roche Holding has 14.1%.