DEFA

iShares Adaptive Currency Hedged MSCI EAFE ETF
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DEFA Fund Description

DEFA tracks a market-cap-weighted index of developed-market securities based in Europe, Australia and the Far East. It excludes the US and Canada, and small caps. The index dynamically hedges currency exposure for USD investors.

DEFA Factset Analytics Insight

DEFA follows the MSCI EAFE Adaptive Hedge to USD Index, a dynamically-hedged version of MSCI’s EAFE Index, which may be the best-known international index. DEFA’s holdings consist entirely of shares of the unhedged version of the fund, the very popular EFA, as well as a variety of currency forward contracts used to hedge against non-USD currency risk. Same as its parent fund, DEFA excludes both South Korea and Canada. The fund doesn’t use a typical static 100% hedge but rather a stepped hedge that can be 0, 25, 50, 75, or 100% of the portfolio value, reset monthly. The hedge amount is determined by 4 equally-weighted metrics: value, momentum, carry, and volatility. It is worth noting that because DEFA holds shares of unhedged EFA, and DEFA’s NAV comes from the price of EFA, not the NAV of EFA, wobbly tracking is a structural given. Differences in trading hours between the index’s local stocks and EFA in New York can produce large tracking differences, reflecting EFA’s price discovery after non-US markets close.

DEFA Charts And Performance

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DEFA Summary Data

Blackrock
iShares
01/05/16
Open-Ended Fund
0.35%
$5.05M
$120.00K
0.20%

DEFA Portfolio Data

$56.71B
14.45
1.25
3.68%
07/02/20
2

DEFA Index Data

Market Cap
Market Cap
MSCI World ex USA IMI

DEFA Portfolio Management

0.35%
-0.24%
3.43%
-3.05%

DEFA Tax Exposures

20.00% / 39.60%
0.67%
Qualified dividends
No

DEFA Fund Structure

Open-Ended Fund
Yes
Yes
80% / 20%
N/A
N/A
High
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DEFA Factset Analytics Block Liquidity

As of 05/29/20
5
4
3
2
1

This measurement shows how easy it is to trade a $1 million USD block of DEFA. DEFA is rated a 4 out of 5.

DEFA Tradability

5,104
$120.00K
945
$22.11K
0.20%
$0.04
0.13%
1.89% / -0.59%
None
100.00%
50,000
0.02
0.01%
0.09%
0
$25.42
4

DEFA Top 10 Holdings

0%

DEFA Performance Statistics

0.65
1.05
0.95
1.17
1.03%
MSCI World ex USA IMI

DEFA Benchmark Comparison Holdings

2
3521
906
78.78%

DEFA Benchmark Comparison Summary


DEFA
Segment Benchmark
2
3521
$56.71B
$47.97B
14.45
14.36
1.25
1.24
4.18%
4.07%
Low
Low

DEFA Benchmark Comparison Market Cap Size


DEFA
Segment Benchmark
75.97%
65.48%
22.96%
23.56%
1.07%
9.23%
0.00%
1.73%