Regional ETFs are the most convenient way for individual investors to access investment opportunities in the Global Village. At the click of a mouse you can allocate capital to a specific country or region of the world where formerly only locals and adventurous funds with ‘boots-on-the-ground’ were able to scope out quality investments.

There are more than 1100 geographically-focused ETFs covering every continent except Antartica, but the number is inflated due to more than half being associated with North America, where most ETF investors already live.

Here’s the breakdown: Africa (4), Broad Asia (10), Developed Asia Pacific (42), Developed Europe (41), Developed Markets (55), Emerging Asia Pacific (53), Emerging Europe (12), Emerging Markets (72), Frontier Markets (3), Global (138), Global ex-U.S. (39), Latin America (29), Middle East (5), North America (616). Below I’ve highlighted the Regional ETFs with significant liquidity from reputable issuers.

REGIONAL ETFs THAT MATTER

AFRICA

Market Vectors Africa Index (AFK), iShares South Africa (EZA).

BROAD ASIA

iShares Asia 50 (AIA), iShares All Asia ex-Japan (AAXJ), Vanguard Pacific (VPL).

EMERGING ASIA PACIFIC

SPDR Emerging Asia Pacific (GMF)

Other Asia:

Australia: iShares Australia (EWA),

China: iShares China 25 (FXI), iShares Hong Kong (EWH), iShares Taiwan (EWT),

India: Wisdom Tree India Earnings (EPI); Powershares India Portfolio (PIN)

Indonesia: iShares Indonesia Investable (EIDO); Market Vectors Indonesia (IDX)

Japan: iShares Japan (EWJ), Wisdom Tree Japan Hedged Equity (DXJ), Maxis Nikkei 225 (MKY)

Malaysia: iShares Malaysia (EWM)

Philippines: iShares Philippines (EPHE)

Thailand: I Shares Thailand (THD)

Vietnam: Market Vectors Vietnam (VNM)

Frontier Markets: iShares Frontier 100 (FM)

EMERGING EUROPE

Poland: iShares Poland (EPOL),

Russia: Market Vectors Russia (RSX); iShares Russia (ERUS)

Turkey: iShares Turkey (TUR)

DEVELOPED EUROPE

Vanguard Europe (VGK), iShares EMU (EZU), SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 (FEZ), iShares S&P Europe 350 (IEV),

Germany: iShares Germany (EWG)

United Kingdom: iShares UK (EWU)

Switzerland: iShares Switzerland (EWL)

Italy: iShares Italy (EWI)

France; iShares France (EWQ)

Spain: iShares SPain (EWP)

Sweden: iShares Sweden (EWD)

Netherlands: iShares Netherlands (EWN)

Belgium: iShares Belgium (EWK)

Greece: Global X Greece 20 (GREK)

Austria: iShares Austria (EWO)

 

BROAD DEVELOPED MARKETS

EAFE (Europe, Africa, Far East): iShares EAFE (EFA); Vanguard EAFE (VEA); iShares EAFE Small Cap (SCZ); iShares EAFE Value (EFV)

Vanguard Total International Stock (VXUS), Vanguard All-World Small Cap (VSS); SPDR S&P World (GWL).

Dividend: iShares EPAC (IDV); Wisdomtree Small Cap Dividend (DLS)

Powershares Developed Markets ex-US (PXF); Powershares Developed Markets Technical Leaders (PIZ)

Schwab International (SCHF);

Small Cap: SPDR International Small Cap (GWX)

Hedged: DB-X Trackers EAFE (DBEF); Wisdomtree International Hedged Equity (HEDJ)

 

BROAD EMERGING MARKETS

Vanguard Emerging Markets (VWO)

iShares Emerging Markets (EEM)

Wisdomtree Emerging Markets High Yield (DEM)

 iShares Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility (EEMV)

Dow Jones Emerging Markets Consumer Titans (ECON)

 Schwab Emerging Markets (SCHE)

SPDR Emerging Markets Small Cap (EWX)

 

LATIN AMERICA

iShares Latin America (ILF)

iShares Brazil (EWF), Market Vectors Brazil Small Cap (BRF)

iShares Mexico (EWW)

iShares Chile (ECH)

iShares Peru (EPU)

Global-X Columbia 20 (GXG)