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ISHARES MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA)

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After a volatile 2016, developed markets are performing well given improved market sentiments, stabilization in oil price and positive developments in Europe and Japan. The trend is likely to continue as Europe is on track to end the cheap monetary policy era, in line with the Fed policy of tightening its stimulus program. The converging policies will push the U.S. dollar lower and other currencies higher, making investing in developed markets tempting. However, political instability in Europe and high stock valuations will keep the stocks at check. Notably, EFA is the most stable fund with lower volatility due to its focus on large cap blend securities. It eliminates company-specific risks and prevents heavy concentration as it puts too little assets in each security.


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