Click to Enlarge YTD Return: +13.2%
Our first destination is none other than Switzerland — a country The Daily Post UK says “has an economy to aspire to.”
That’s true if the iShares MSCI Switzerland ETF (EWL) is any indication, as its 13.2% climb so far in 2013 is good enough for a top-five spot on this list.
One of the Swiss economy’s main strengths: trade. While a decent chunk of the company’s exports go to names in the European Union, Germany — the strongest of the struggling eurozone — tops that list, and the U.S. isn’t far behind.
Plus, Switzerland just signed a free-trade pact with China that’s expected to boost business even more.
The country also is home to 15 of the world’s 500 largest companies — not a small feat considering Switzerland’s relatively small size. One of those: top EWL holding Nestle (NSRGY), which makes up 17% of the fund.