Finance: What is a Country Basket (Index Fund)?

What is a Country Basket (Index Fund)? Investing internationally can be a challenge, as foreign exchange, different accounting rules, time zones and a panoply of other hurdles can often accompany such an endeavor. ETFs and mutual funds that are professionally managed to make international investing easier are designed to address those issues. A country basket is an ETF that might be for a specific region, such as The 4 Asian `Tigers’: (Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore), or other criteria, such as G7 countries not including the US.

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always seems to be a woman from some small village who's celebrating her [Old woman at a birthday party]

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117th birthday over there. Well a country basket is just an index fund of

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stocks representing a country. Like we're doing Korea... South we're gonna have

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in that basket dunno some Samsung, a load of Daewoo, a hunk of Hyundai and some [Company stocks being added to the basket]

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nice barbecue on the side. That'd be our Korean country basket and it's a good

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basket to fill if you're just bullish on a country but not really sure which

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flower on which to place your bets. It's like instead of trying to decide between [The stocks in the basket turn into flowers]

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roulette or poker or slots... Well you just buy stock in Las Vegas

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Sands you know you bet on the entire casino, and bueno Fortuna you know good [Someone checking their cards in a casino]

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luck there pal, doesn't the house always win? Yeah so why do people keep going there?...