|Bid||33.20 x 1000|
|Ask||33.22 x 800|
|Day's Range||33.16 - 33.25|
|52 Week Range||27.92 - 37.75|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.08|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.12%|
With domestic small-cap stocks and the related exchange traded funds flourishing, some investors may feel compelled to examine international equivalents. Well-known international small-cap ETFs include the iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF (SCZ) . SCZ rivals include the Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap ETF (VSS) and the Schwab International Small-Cap Equity ETF (SCHC) .
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.
Ex-U.S. equities and international ETFs (exchange-traded funds) are lagging their domestic counterparts this year. As of this writing, the widely followed MSCI EAFE Index is down 1.73% year-to-date compared to a 4% YTD gain for the S&P 500. Europe has been something of a trouble spot for international ETFs this year.
Whether you’re an active investor or swear by index funds, you can’t ignore the long-term outperformance of small-cap firms. This market anomaly has been around since the 1980’s. And it turns out that the small firm return premium carries over into the international stock market as well. With the recent choppy investment market environment, small-cap international funds deserve a closer look.