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EFAV iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility ETF

  • ETF
  • EFAV
    Pricing Data
    Change: $0.82 (0.01%)
    Time: 05/24/16
    Previous Close: $66.28
  • Category
  • Foreign Large Cap Equities
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Trading Data

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  • 52 Week Lo: $59.22
  • 52 Week Hi: $69.07
  • AUM: $6,989.4 M
  • Shares: 105.5 M

Investment Themes

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume: 929,700
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume: 914,878

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Analyst Report

This ETF offers exposure to developed markets outside of North America, an asset class that is often a core holding in many long-term, buy-and-hold portfolios. As the name suggests, EFAV focuses on stocks that have historically exhibited relatively low volatility, making this tool potentially useful as a way of scaling back overall risk within a portfolio. This ETF essentially focuses on a subset of the stocks included in products such as EFA and VEAn which are linked to a more broad-based EAFE index. The appeal of EFAV lies in the ability of investors to achieve cheap, liquid access to an investment strategy that would otherwise be both time consuming and expensive to implement. This fund offers a way to target international stocks that exhibit low volatility, meaning that in bear markets they would be expected to exhibit less downside potential compared to the broad market. That feature means that EFAV can be used as a complement in a longer-term portfolio for risk averse investors or as a more tactical tool for lowering overall risk exposure ahead of a perceived rough patch for stock markets. We might be hesitant to use EFAV as the sole source of developed international markets exposure since the portfolio is somewhat shallow, but this fund has the potential to be useful in a number of different scenarios.

Realtime Rating

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Realtime Rating Summary

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for EFAV on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Foreign Large Cap Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.

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EFAV Overall Realtime Rating:

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A EFA
Expenses A SCHF

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EFAV In-Depth Analysis

The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.

EFAV Holdings

Filings Data as of: May 03, 2016
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Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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Asset Allocation

Asset Percentage
U.S. Stocks 0.04%
International Stocks 99.31%
U.S. Bonds 0.0%
International Bonds 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.0%
Convertibles 0.0%
Cash 0.65%
Other 0.0%

Sector Breakdown

Sector Percentage
Consumer Defensive 17.27%
Health Care 15.47%
Financial Services 14.69%
Industrials 13.17%
Communication Services 10.63%
Consumer Cyclical 8.56%
Utilities 7.92%
Real Estate 7.47%
Basic Materials 1.91%
Technology 1.33%
Energy 0.92%

Market Cap Breakdown

Market Cap Percentage
Giant 43.33%
Large 42.17%
Medium 13.15%
Small 0.55%
Micro 0.0%

Region Breakdown

Region Percentage
Europe 35.74%
Japan 28.97%
Asia (Developed) 11.64%
Australia 8.51%
Middle East 1.97%
Asia (Emerging) 0.37%
U.S. 0.04%
Latin America 0.0%
Canada 0.0%
Africa 0.0%

Market Tier Breakdown

Region Percentage
Developed 98.97%
Emerging 0.37%

Country Breakdown

Country Percentage
Japan 28.97%
Denmark 1.82%
United Kingdom 23.23%
Switzerland 9.91%
Australia 7.98%
Hong Kong 7.93%
France 4.04%
Germany 3.78%
Singapore 3.7%
Israel 1.97%
Other 6.67%

EFAV Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb Category.

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Expenses Ratio Analysis

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Commission Free Trading

This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Fidelity)

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There are 20 other ETFs in the Foreign Large Cap Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:

EFAV Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.

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The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.

The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of EFAV relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.

EFAV Valuation

This section shows how the P/E multiple of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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EFAV Dividend

This section shows how the dividend yield of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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EFAV Technicals

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Volatility Analysis

This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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  • 20 Day MA: $67.02
  • 60 Day MA: $66.50
  • MACD 15 Period: 0.25
  • MACD 100 Period: 2.15
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 35.20
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 43.05
  • RSI 10 Day: 53
  • RSI 20 Day: 52
  • RSI 30 Day: 53
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 53

Bollinger Brands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $65.94
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $67.59
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $66.07
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $67.99
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $66.03
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $68.68

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: $66.79
  • Support Level 2: $66.48
  • Resistance Level 1: $67.27
  • Resistance Level 2: $67.44


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 64.54
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 53.04
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 53.04
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 39.10

Fact Sheet

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