Then there are funds with an even bigger weighting in Europe, like the Vanguard International Growth Fund ( VWIGX ). About 55% of this fund is invested in European stocks, such as French cosmetics leader L’Oreal ( LRLCF ) and German athletic brand Adidas ( ADDYY ). Investing via ETFs: If you want to buy a fund that focuses more directly on Europe — and pay lower fees in the process — you have many more options in exchange traded funds. The largest dedicated Europe ETF by assets is the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF ( VGK ), with about $13 billion under management. Top holdings include U.K.-based Royal Dutch Shell ( RDSA ), Swiss consumer products maker Nestle ( NSRGY ) and HSBC. Best of all, the costs are super low. The VGK fund charges just 0.12% in expenses, which works out to a measly $12 a year on every $10,000 you invest. Google+ Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer . Morningstar: 2013 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use.
Windows Phone grabs one in ten smartphone sales in Europe
In the three months to August, Windows Phone accounted for 9.2 percent of sales across the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, proving especially popular in France (12 percent) and the U.K. (10.8 percent), according to figures from analysts at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. These are its highest ever sales numbers and take Microsoft’s platform to within one percentage point of matching sales of Apple’s iconic iPhone on the largest market of all, Germany. Android remains on top of the pile with 70.1 percent of sales to August although its growth rates have tailed off compared to its rivals. “Windows Phone’s latest wave of growth is being driven by Nokia’s expansion into the low and mid-range market with the Lumia 520 and 620 handsets. These models are hitting the sweet spot with 16- to 24-year-olds and 35- to 49-year-olds, two key groups that look for a balance of price and functionality in their smartphone,” said Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Android’s growth was being driven by Samsung’s marketing effort, ahead of other firms developing for the platform, Sony, HTC, and LG, in that market share order. “After years of increasing market share, Android has now reached a point where significant growth in developed markets is becoming harder to find,” he said. What the figures suggest is that there is a natural ceiling for any platform and Android has probably reached that. There is also room for three platforms although with only 2.4 percent of sales that will not include the “fourth way” of BlackBerry. Longer term, Microsoft’s growth on the back of its acquisition of Nokia is likely to be in the mid-market sector.