Equity: Developed Markets Ex-U.S. - Total Market
With 60 ETFs and over $248.05B in combined AUM, the Equity: Developed Markets Ex-U.S. - Total Market segment provides exposure to the Developed Markets Ex-U.S. space with a focus on securities.
Year-to-date, the best-performing ETF in the segment is the Principal International Multi-Factor Index ETF (PXUS), with a total return of 4.89%. Meanwhile, the most popular ETF is the iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA) with $78.93BB in assets under management.
Investors should take a look at the Schwab International Equity ETF (SCHF). This fund has been chosen as an Analyst Pick by FactSet, thus is the best ETF for the average investor. The Schwab International Equity ETF tracks the FTSE Developed ex-US Index, a market-cap-weighted index that consists of large- and midcap stocks in developed markets. SCHF has an expense ratio of 0.06% and tracks the FTSE Developed ex-US Index.
ETF.com Efficiency Insight
The average efficiency score in the Equity: Developed Markets Ex-U.S. - Total Market segment is 82 out of 100, with the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF(IEFA) obtaining the highest rating of 100 out of 100.
Costs dominate the discussion around efficiency. ETFs in the segment have an average expense ratio of 0.38% per year, with the SPDR Portfolio Developed World ex-US ETF (SPDW) having the lowest expense ratio, charging investors 0.04% yearly.
Investors should look for funds with tight tracking, such as the Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF (VEA), with a 12-month median tracking difference of 0.04%.
ETF.com Tradability Insight
The average tradability score in the Equity: Developed Markets Ex-U.S. - Total Market segment is 70 out of 100, with the iShares Currency Hedged MSCI EAFE ETF(HEFA) obtaining the highest rating of 98 out of 100.
The iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA) is the undisputed segment leader when it comes to liquidity. The fund trades 2.14B in daily average volume. Investors should also find ample liquidity in the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA), with $574.58M in daily dollar volume.
Use limit orders to trade funds such as the PowerShares S&P International Developed Momentum Portfolio(IDMO), due to their double-digit market spreads.
ETF.com Fit Insight
The MSCI World ex USA Investable Market Index has been selected as the index that most accurately represents the market in question. The benchmark has been selected by the ETF Analytics team at FactSet, according to a series of guidelines to ensure this index accurately captures its market.
Investors trying to match a broad market exposure should pay attention to IDEV. This fund obtains a high Fit score and investors should capture market-like returns.
Other funds diverge from the market, by nature of their investment mandates; for example, FLQH follows a Currency Hedged Multi-Factor strategy and obtains a low Fit score compared with our neutral benchmark.