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EFA - Profile


  • Issuer: iShares
  • Structure: ETF
  • Expense Ratio: 0.34%
  • ETF Home Page: EFA
  • Inception: Aug 14, 2001
  • Tax Form: 1099
  • EFA Tracks This Index: MSCI EAFE Index

Investment Themes

Alternative ETFs in the Foreign Large Cap Equities Category

Type Ticker Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest SCHF 0.08% $3,936.5 M 1,285,906 -2.84%
Largest (AUM) VEA 0.09% $26,437.8 M 6,190,761 -1.45%
Most Liquid (Volume) VEA 0.09% $26,437.8 M 6,190,761 -1.45%
Top YTD Performer EIS 0.62% $126.8 M 114,673 9.32%


The index measures the performance of equity markets in European, Australasian, and Far Eastern markets.

Realtime Rating

EFA - Realtime Rating

Realtime Rating Summary

EFA is a passive ETF that seeks to replicate MSCI EAFE Index. The index measures the performance of equity markets in European, Australasian, and Far Eastern markets.

The adjacent table shows a EFA Realtime Rating for several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, highlights the best rated ETF in the Foreign Large Cap Equities category for each metric. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.

EFA Overall Realtime Rating: A

A+ Overall Rated ETF: RODM

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A+ n/a
Expenses A- n/a
Performance A- n/a
Volatility B n/a
Dividend B n/a
Concentration A n/a

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Analyst Report

EFA - Analyst Report

This ETF offers exposure to the major developed markets outside of North America, including Western Europe, Japan, and Australia. As such, EFA is a cornerstone of many long-term portfolios, delivering access to an asset class that provides valuable geographic diversification to equity allocations. It should be noted that this fund is tilted heavily towards large cap stocks; the small cap focused SCZ can be an excellent complement to the mega caps in this fund to provide more balanced exposure. EFA offers unrivaled liquidity, but there are several alternatives that may be more appealing to certain investors. Rydex offers an equal-weighted EAFE ETF (EWEF), while PowerShares offers a RAFI-weighted option. But the biggest competition may be from Vanguard's VEA, which replicates the exact same index at a lower expense ratio and generally lower tracking error. That's a tough offer to beat, unless you have access to this ETF commission free or value liquidity (and related option liquidity) above all else; it's not surprising that EFA features much higher turnover, indicating a preference among more active traders.

EFA In-Depth Analysis

The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for EFA and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.


EFA - Holdings

Filings Data as of: Sep 02, 2015

Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep EFA is relative to the peer group ETFdb Category.

Number of Holdings
EFA Rank: 6 of 48
EFA 934
Category Low HEWC (2)
Category High TLTD (2704)
% Assets in Top 10
EFA Rank: 17 of 48
EFA 12.11%
Category Low IDHQ (5.75%)
Category High HEFA (99.96%)

EFA Asset Allocation

Asset Percentage
U.S. Stocks 0.29%
International Stocks 98.3%
U.S. Bonds 0.0%
International Bonds 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.0%
Convertibles 0.0%
Cash 0.31%
Other 1.1%

EFA Sector Breakdown

Sector Percentage
Financial Services 21.81%
Health Care 11.74%
Industrials 11.35%
Consumer Defensive 11.25%
Consumer Cyclical 11.08%
Basic Materials 7.06%
Communication Services 5.56%
Technology 5.04%
Energy 5.02%
Real Estate 3.72%
Utilities 3.49%

EFA Market Cap Breakdown

Market Cap Percentage
Giant 55.3%
Large 33.1%
Medium 7.95%
Small 0.01%
Micro 0.01%

EFA Region Breakdown

Region Percentage
Europe 49.64%
Japan 22.76%
Australia 6.35%
Asia (Developed) 3.8%
Middle East 0.65%
U.S. 0.29%
Asia (Emerging) 0.19%
Latin America 0.04%
Canada 0.0%
Africa 0.0%

EFA Market Tier Breakdown

Region Percentage
Developed 98.22%
Emerging 0.22%

EFA Country Breakdown

Country Percentage
Japan 22.76%
Hong Kong 2.55%
United Kingdom 19.79%
France 9.67%
Switzerland 9.53%
Germany 8.74%
Australia 6.21%
Spain 3.23%
Sweden 2.89%
Netherlands 2.75%
Other 11.88%

EFA - Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of EFA to peers in the same ETFdb Category.

Expenses Ratio Analysis

Expense Ratio
EFA Rank: 11 of 49
EFA 0.34%
Category Low SCHF (0.08%)
Category High FWDI (1.25%)

Commission Free Trading in EFA

EFA is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.

Category Commission Free Trading

There are 21 other ETFs in the Foreign Large Cap Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:


EFA - Performance

This section shows how EFA has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.

1 Week Return
EFA Rank: 39 of 49
EFA -2.56%
Category Low HDEF (-5.56%)
Category High HEWC (3.54%)
4 Week Return
EFA Rank: 35 of 46
EFA -8.91%
Category Low HDWM (-10.31%)
Category High HEWC (1.26%)
13 Week Return
EFA Rank: 19 of 42
EFA -9.74%
Category Low FCAN (-19.84%)
Category High EIS (-2.53%)
26 Week Return
EFA Rank: 16 of 40
EFA -7.32%
Category Low FCAN (-18.56%)
Category High EIS (6.30%)
Year to Date Return
EFA Rank: 13 of 39
EFA -1.46%
Category Low FCAN (-22.39%)
Category High EIS (9.32%)
1 Year Return
EFA Rank: 13 of 37
EFA -10.06%
Category Low FCAN (-36.09%)
Category High HEFA (2.07%)
3 Year Return
EFA Rank: 11 of 27
EFA 25.06%
Category Low FCAN (-12.54%)
Category High DBEF (47.60%)
5 Year Return
EFA Rank: 8 of 20
EFA 32.22%
Category Low DWX (-7.08%)
Category High DGT (40.28%)

EFA - Charts

The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.

The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of EFA relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.


EFA - Valuation

This section shows how the P/E multiple of EFA compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

P/E Ratio
EFA Rank: 25 of 36
EFA 16.5
Category Low EIS (9.73)
Category High PIZ (21.87)

As of Sep 03, 2015


EFA - Dividend

This section shows how the dividend yield of EFA compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

Annual Dividend Yield
EFA Rank: 20 of 42
EFA 2.90%
Category Low FCFI (0.09%)
Category High DBEF (6.71%)

As of Sep 03, 2015


EFA - Technicals

EFA Volatility Analysis

This section shows how the volatility of EFA compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

5 Day Volatility
EFA Rank: 18 of 49
EFA 73.54%
Category Low HEWC (12.82%)
Category High PIZ (103.26%)
20 Day Volatility
EFA Rank: 29 of 45
EFA 24.32%
Category Low RODM (20.18%)
Category High FCAN (34.37%)
50 Day Volatility
EFA Rank: 22 of 42
EFA 21.20%
Category Low EFAV (17.25%)
Category High IDHB (34.39%)
200 Day Volatility
EFA Rank: 17 of 39
EFA 17.96%
Category Low EFAV (14.16%)
Category High IDHB (29.83%)
EFA Rank: 31 of 43
EFA 0.86
Category Low IEIL (0.75)
Category High FCAN (1.25)
Standard Deviation
EFA Rank: 7 of 36
EFA 2.36%
Category Low PID (0.79%)
Category High QCAN (3.55%)

EFA Technicals

  • 20 Day MA: $61.51
  • 60 Day MA: $63.54
  • MACD 15 Period: -1.58
  • MACD 100 Period: -5.52
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 48.85
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 72.53
  • RSI 10 Day: 36
  • RSI 20 Day: 37
  • RSI 30 Day: 39
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 48

EFA Bollinger Bands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $57.52
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $61.09
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $56.74
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $66.27
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $57.69
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $67.26

EFA Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: $58.72
  • Support Level 2: $58.47
  • Resistance Level 1: $59.31
  • Resistance Level 2: $59.65

EFA Stochastic

  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 46.75
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 42.83
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 51.54
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 45.93
Fact Sheet

EFA - Fact Sheet

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