|Bid||55.00 x 900|
|Ask||60.00 x 1100|
|Day's Range||57.36 - 57.69|
|52 Week Range||53.10 - 65.55|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.81|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.67%|
The first half of 2019 could see a continuation of weakness in Asian markets, especially after disappointing Chinese manufacturing data for December, Wong told CNBC in a recent interview. Upcoming national elections in India could generate some "positive sentiments" for investors, he said: the country boasted the best-performing stock market in all of Asia, and earnings growth is expected to come in "upwards of 20 percent" in 2019.
Volatility is back, and that has investors on the defensive. Huge market swings over prolonged periods of time can be a nightmare, prompting investors to make rash decisions that ultimately hamper their portfolios. And that's precisely what low-volatility exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are built to battle. Emotions can be an investor's worst enemy: Big declines trigger fear. No one wants to lose money, and they certainly don't want to lose more money. The problem? Some stocks sell off on their own merits, while others merely get temporarily caught up in the current, only to return to proper valuations once volatility has subsided. But anyone who bailed on the way down cemented their losses while leaving themselves out of the recovery. These seven low-volatility ETFs help fight this instinct. Low-vol funds use different strategies to create portfolios that should be more stabile than the broader market. Not only can that help minimize losses during downturns, but the lack of volatility can help calm investors and prevent them from making rash exits from the market. Take a look. SEE ALSO: The 27 Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans
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.
One critique of defensive-equity (low-volatility) strategies is that they're repackaged versions of two known investment styles: value and profitability. Low-volatility strategies have had significant but inconsistent exposure to both value and profitability.
For a variety of reasons, emerging markets stocks and the corresponding exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being punished this year. The widely followed MSCI Emerging Markets Index is lower by nearly 7% year-to-date and some funds tracking developing economies are sporting significantly worse 2018 losses.
High-quality companies often have a defensive bent, making them a welcome addition to a diversified portfolio. Consistent dividend growth is a good proxy for quality because it demonstrates that the business is healthy and stable, and is run by a shareholder-friendly management team. Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation ETF VIGI seeks out these stocks outside the United States.
Reducing equity market volatility via exchange traded funds has proven to be a popular concept. Importantly, it is not limited to U.S. markets. Some ETFs help investors reduce volatility in ex-US markets, ...
Ex-U.S. equity exchange-traded funds have been popular destinations for investors for over a year, but some investors like the idea of skirting volatility in international markets. This is particularly ...
Investors looking for a less volatile approach to emerging markets exchange traded funds have some options to consider, including the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF (Cboe: EEMV). ...