ETFs For Squeamish Investors

April 30, 2012


Investors may be in search of sturdy funds with a focus on low-volatility as market turbulence continues with the prolonged sovereign debt issues of Europe, according to a blog post on Barrons.

  • iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: EEMV)
  • PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV)
  • PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: EELV)
  • Russell 1000 Low Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: LVOL)
  • iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: USMV)


There are global counterparts as well, such as:

  • iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: ACWV)
  • Russell Developed ex-U.S. Low Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: XLVO)
  • Latin America 40 RC Volatility Response Shares (NYSEArca: VLAT)


Investors may even find an interest in keeping them as long options, as low-volatility holdings have demonstrated long-term performances similar to funds that target broader markets, reports Barron’s.

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