If an investor had put $10,000 into the iShares MSCI Pacific ex Japan ETF in early November 2001, right after inception, that position would have been worth over $48,000 in late August of this year, assuming dividend reinvestment. A $10,000 investment in iShares Europe ETF at the same time would have grown to less than $24,000.

If picking a fast-growing region can deliver that much outperformance, should investors opt for a regional fund rather than an international fund where sluggish European stocks might be mixed with surging Pacific companies?

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