|Bid||71.47 x 1800|
|Ask||71.48 x 1800|
|Day's Range||71.28 - 71.50|
|52 Week Range||64.95 - 74.29|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.69|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.20%|
Now more than ever, investors are looking to play more defense against volatility, but at the same time, don’t want to do so at the expense of higher costs. This used to be had using the S&P 500 as a buffer against volatility, but those days of yore has investors hoping for more. Yesteryear's S&P 500 featured consumer staples that gave investors peace of mind even when market volatility decided to try and spoil the party for the capital markets.
Momentum and low volatility have been remarkably effective investment strategies, despite their simplistic focus on past performance. Momentum is built to deliver market-beating returns, while low volatility reduces risk. Low volatility tends to work the best during market downturns and in risk-off environments.
Assets, including ETFs, that are held in individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are usually considered core positions and held for long time periods. With that in mind, investors should have exposure to ...
The exchange-traded fund's ultralow expense ratio and market-cap-weighted approach curb the cost of ownership, providing it with a significant advantage over its more expensive rivals. The fund tracks the FTSE Global All Cap ex US Index, which targets stocks of all sizes from more than 40 overseas developed and emerging markets. It weights its holdings by market capitalization, an approach that benefits investors by capturing the market's consensus opinion of each stock's value while mitigating turnover.
The couple is also comfortable on the financial front: Even though they retired during the financial crisis, the market has performed exceptionally well since then, and their portfolio currently weighs in at nearly $1 million.
The MSCI EAFE Index, one of the most widely followed gauges of ex-U.S. developed markets equities, is lower by nearly 13 percent year-to-date. The strategy is applied across geographies with plenty of success as highlighted by a more than seven-year track record for the iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol EAFE ETF (CBOE: EFAV), which has $8.83 billion in assets under management. EFAV is doing the job that low volatility ETFs are supposed to do when markets swoon: be less bad than traditional indexes.
With volatility on the rise and struggling developed markets equities looking inexpensive relative to U.S. benchmarks, investors considering international exposure may want to evaluate a low volatility approach, such as the iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol EAFE ETF (CBOE: EFAV) . EFAV “seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of developed market equities that, in the aggregate, have lower volatility characteristics relative to the broader developed equity markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada,” according to iShares. EFAV tracks the MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility (USD) Index, a low volatility answer to the widely followed MSCI EAFE Index.
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.
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.
With many foreign stock index funds turning in mediocre performance over the past decade, investors may be wondering: Is the case for indexing foreign stocks dead? The primary thesis for investing with index funds is well-known and accepted. Investors get a diversified portfolio of stocks at a low expense ratio, and low fees should translate into superior performance relative to the more expensive, actively managed alternatives in a given asset class.