ETF Research and Analysis

by Alex Bryan, CFA
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF VWO is one of the cheapest and best-diversified emerging-markets funds available. The fund’s broad, market-cap-weighted portfolio effectively diversifies firm-specific risk, promotes low   Read more 

Bull Case

This is one of the cheapest and best-diversified funds in the category.
Emerging-markets stocks can offer good diversification benefits to U.S. investors.
This portfolio accurately represents active investors' opportunity set. Read more 

Bear Case

This fund has considerable exposure to Chinese stocks, which may be a source of uncompensated risk.
Emerging-markets equities are very volatile, especially during periods of high uncertainty in global markets.
Many of the fund's largest holdings are state-owned enterprises; at times, they may place political goals above profitability. Read more 

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