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What is EFA?

The iShares MSCI EAFE ETF was launched in the summer of 2001 to offer exposure to developed market equities outside of North America. The “EAFE” stands for Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Far East regions from which more than 900 large companies, representing a diverse cross-section of industries and geographies, are selected.

As an exchange-traded fund, EFA trades like a stock. Its assets are in excess of $50 billion. 

Among its largest holdings are Toyota (7203), Nestle (NESN) and Novartis (NOVN). At one-quarter of total holdings, Japan is the largest county weighting.

Since its inception, EFA’s share price has produced an average annualized return of about 5%. As of mid-November, EFA had been relatively flat over the past three years on an average annualized basis.

What is the price of EFA? 

At roughly $70 per share (as of mid-November 2020), EFA is up 2% since the start of the year.

Most online brokerages offer the ETF at zero commission. BlackRock collects an annual 0.32% management fee, or $32 per $10,000. Analysts point to this low fee, and low trading expenses, as allowing for overall cost-effectiveness.

Many analysts are bullish on non-U.S. stocks, generally. As always, short-term volatility is possible. 

The case for EAFE remains bullish.

Valuations are relatively attractive. And while the Covid-19 outbreak remains at the forefront of investors concerns there is increasing optimism about a vaccine and government stimulus. Flows into non-U.S. equity ETFs continue to be robust.

How to invest in EFA with Uphold

You only need a verified Uphold account to buy EFA stock fast.

Here’s how easy it is to get started:

  1. Go to Uphold.com and click ‘Sign up’. 
  2. Enter your email address, create a password, and complete an identity check.  
  3. Your account will then be activated, and you can start using Uphold.

You can then fund your account with your debit card, credit card, bank account, or crypto deposit. Your Uphold account can be used to make payments to vendors, send money to friends on the other side of the world, and more.

Uphold’s unique ‘Anything-to-Anything’ trading experience will make any currency exchange a seamless process, all commission-free.

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*U.S. stock trading is not available in the U.S., U.K., and certain other jurisdictions.

This article is for informational purposes only and takes no account of particular personal or market circumstances, and should not be relied upon as investment, tax, or legal advice. For investment, tax, or legal advice, and before taking any action you should consult your own advisors. Note that assets such as equities present unique risks for investors.

This content is correct as of October 2020

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