|Bid||0.00 x 0|
|Ask||0.00 x 1100|
|Day's Range||22.88 - 22.88|
|52 Week Range||20.60 - 23.39|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|YTD Daily Total Return||9.88%|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.00|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.64%|
Passive index funds have helped investors ride the extended rally in the equity market, but many now face concentration risks in an aging bull. Nevertheless, investors can turn to smart beta exchange traded fund strategies that try to address these downside risks.
With first-quarter earnings season looming, it could be a rocky ride for U.S. equities investors if weaker-than-expected forecasts come into fruition and result in market sell-offs. The international developed-EM space has had its fair share of struggles in years past, but for investors who are still hesitant when it comes to international market exposure, now is the time with a possible trade deal between the United States and China looming as a market catalyst. While the majority might have been driven away by the red prices in international and emerging markets during much of 2018, they were be looked at as substantial markdowns by savvy investors, especially if trade negotiations between the U.S. and China result into something materially positive.
Investors might be sitting on their hands when it comes to international market exposure since the elephant in the room is whether a possible trade deal between the United States and China is looming as the primary trigger event. Trade negotiations going awry can certainly send markets abroad in the wrong direction, but it doesn't mean investors should avoid them entirely. The U.S. stock market has been the default play for investors during the historic, decade-long bull run, but the latest volatility may have steered them off course and opportunities abroad could be an alternative.