This ETF offers exposure to a handful of developed economies in Asia, including South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore but excluding Japan. As such, this fund may be appealing to those who are looking to tilt developed markets exposure towards Asia, but are skeptical of Japan's ability to generate meaningful GDP growth. Many of the underlying economies are included in broad-based international ETFs, so beware double-dipping on some of these markets (though FPA can be useful for a tactical overweight position). While there are multiple Asia ex-Japan ETFs available, FPA is unique because of the methodology underlying the related index. This ETF is part of the AlphaDEX suite of ETFs from First Trust that are linked to indexes utilizing quant-based screens in an attempt to identify the stocks poised to outperform their broad peer group. In exchange for this advanced methodology, investors will have to pay a bit more; FPA is a bit more expensive than cap-weighted ETF options such as AAXJ and EPP (though the gap is relatively small compared to expense differentials among U.S equity funds). For those who believe that the AlphaDEX methodology has the ability to generate excess returns over the long run, this ETF may be very appealing as a way of overweighting developed Asian economies in a long-term portfolio or for establishing a short-term tactical tilt towards this region. For those looking to minimize fees or skeptical about the ability of the methodology to add value, EPP may be a better option.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for FPA on 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, shows the ETF in the Asia Pacific Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 10 other ETFs in the Asia Pacific Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.
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This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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