This ETF is one of the many options for investors seeking to access stocks of developed markets outside of the U.S., an asset class that is a major component of almost any balanced portfolio and that can be quite useful for implementing tactical tilts. IDV offers exposure that is generally similar to funds like EFA and VEA, but with a few meaningful nuances. The most significant is the focus on dividend paying companies, a technique that shifts exposure towards value companies in certain sectors, and that may have obvious appeal for investors looking to enhance current returns or to fine tune risk exposure. It should also be noted that IDV includes some exposure to Canada, a market not included in EAFE funds and therefore overlooked completely by many long-term "balanced" portfolios. There are a number of alternatives to IDV beyond the plain vanilla, market cap-weighted funds mentioned above; WisdomTree offers DTH and DWM, both of which also focus on dividend paying stocks in a similar region.