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.
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.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Fidelity)
There are 20 other ETFs in the Foreign Large Cap Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.
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.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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