While three months is certainly too short of a period to set a trend, three things are worth pointing out:
- International stocks (still) appear cheaper than U.S. stocks (based on a comparison of forward p/e) (Chart 1)
- Internationally-focused ETFs took in $2.16 billion last month, while investors redeemed $5.13 billion from U.S. ETFs.
- Emerging markets ETFs and funds had their largest inflow of the year last week as investors continue to position for a trade deal between the U.S. and China.
- In the U.S. value-focused ETFs continue to see better flows than growth ETFs.
- International markets have outperformed the USA for the past three months (chart 2)
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