International Stock ETFs are funds that seek to provide exposure to any nation in the world. This includes both developed and emerging markets. ETFs offer a convenient way for investors to access foreign markets.
Rebalancing between U.S. stocks
and international stocks (non-U.S.) reduces portfolio risk and increases portfolio returns over the long term.
The following ETFs are used in the Global Stable
and the Global Conservative
VGK ETF (Europe Equities)
The Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK
) tracks equities from 16 European countries. The VGK ETF holds stocks of companies located in the major markets of Europe (France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom).
EWJ ETF (Japan Equities)
The iShares ETF EWJ
is the easiest way for investors to gain exposure to Japan. The ETF seeks to track the investment results of the MSCI Japan Index. Its top holdings include Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Takeda Pharmaceutical and is highly correlated to the Nikkei 225.
EEM ETF (Emerging Market Equities)
The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM
) is one of the simplest ways to access emerging markets. It's composed of 23 emerging markets, which represent some 10% of the global economy. It delivers exposure to countries such as Brazil, Taiwan, South Korea, South Africa, Israel, Turkey, Hungary, and China.
EFA ETF (Europe, Australia and Far East Equities)
ETF tracks an index of developed-market securities based in Europe, Australia and the Far East. It excludes the US and Canada, and small-caps. The European market represents more than 55%, followed by Japan which represents 24%.