|Bid||93.16 x 1000|
|Ask||93.24 x 1300|
|Day's Range||93.05 - 93.28|
|52 Week Range||78.03 - 93.72|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.59|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.20%|
The low volatility factor is getting plenty of love these days, and investors looking to ETFs to access that factor should remember it can be applied beyond the confines of U.S. borders. Reduced volatility can also work with a broad basket of global equities as highlighted by the iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Global ETF (CBOE: ACWV) . ACWB “seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of developed and emerging market equities that, in the aggregate, have lower volatility characteristics relative to the broader developed and emerging equity markets,” according to iShares.
The $5.14 billion ACWV follows the MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility Index, the low volatility counterpart to the popular MSCI All Country World Index. ACWV, which is about two months shy of its eighth anniversary, holds 444 stocks. While this is scenario isn't guaranteed to repeat if global stocks surge, year to date, ACWV is beating its traditional equivalent, the iShares MSCI ACWI ETF (NASDSAQ: ACWI).
As tensions rise around the Strait of Hormuz, exports continue to slump in major Asian nations and Brexit uncertainty lingers, investors can bet on these low-volatility global ETFs.
World-stock funds provide an easy way to access a globally diversified portfolio without the additional complexity that comes with holding distinct U.S. and non-U.S. stock funds. Vanguard Total World Stock ETF VT is one of the best global-stock funds available. This is one of the broadest funds in the world large-stock Morningstar Category, and its ultralow fee underscores its Morningstar Analyst Rating of Silver.
IShares Edge MSCI Min Vol EAFE ETF EFAV is a compelling, low-cost exchange-traded fund that captures these traits and takes additional measures to promote diversification and limit turnover. The fund tracks the MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility Index. Its construction process starts with all stocks in the MSCI EAFE Index, and it uses an optimizer to select and weight stocks in a way that minimizes the portfolio's expected volatility while honoring several constraints.