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Subject: Re: Tracking world region allocations Date: 3/23/2012 6:08 AM
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Chris

I don't know that there is a simple free tool out there for this.

First, though, Morningstar's regions are pretty close to ours. UK/Western Europe would be Developed Europe and EMEA would be Emerging Europe. Developed Asia is Japan and Australia and Japan's economy dominates that of Australia's (GDP of $5.6 trillion vs $1.5 trillion), so you can assume that Asia minus Japan is pretty much our Emerging Asia.

As for N Am, it is a similar situation. Canada's economy is dwarfed by the US ($1.8 vs $15), so you can probably assume that the vast majority of N Am sales are going to the US. Unless we're talking about Tim Horton's or some other Canada-based company that specializes in the home market (though this is changing for THI) and then the Canadian emphasis should be called out in our write-up.

If you aren't satisfied with this, I personally would check the company's website/financials as they quite often break this out (especially as the investment world has caught on to emerging markets as opportunities for foreign firms).

This can be a bit of work depending on your portfolio size, but the good news is it shouldn't change dramatically from year to year, so you should be set for a while once you get it entered in.

Unfortunately, not every company will break sales into the regions we have defined, so your Morningstar approach may provide similar detail as reading the segment breakdown in the financials.

Hope this helps.
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