|Expense Ratio (net)||0.04%|
|Last Cap Gain||0.00|
|Morningstar Risk Rating||Average|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.00|
|5y Average Return||N/A|
|Average for Category||N/A|
|Inception Date||Nov 13, 2000|
A version of this article was published in the June 2018 issue of Morningstar FundInvestor. There's some evidence that U.S. companies are deleveraging, but overall corporate debt remains on par with levels during the 2007-09 financial crisis. According to the Federal Reserve, total U.S. corporate debt was equal to 45.2% of U.S. gross domestic product in 2018's first quarter, down a tenth of a percentage point from six months prior.
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.
The number of complex investment strategies available to investors has never been greater. This all-knowing market mechanism makes it difficult to identify stocks that are mispriced, so the logical conclusion is that you should simply own the index and take advantage of the market's long-term aggregate growth.