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Rating Foreign Small-Cap Index Funds

Daniel Sotiroff (daniel.sotiroff@morningstar.com)

Morningstar rates three exchange-traded funds in the foreign small/mid-blend Morningstar Category, and earlier this year the Morningstar Analyst Ratings for all three changed.  iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF SCZ dipped to Neutral from Bronze,  Schwab International Small-Cap Equity ETF  SCHC improved to Bronze from Neutral, and  Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap ETF VSS was downgraded to Bronze from Silver. The Morningstar Analyst Ratings reflect our level of confidence in a fund's ability to outperform its category peers on a risk-adjusted basis over a full market cycle.