Add international ETFs to your investment mix
International ETFs (exchange-traded funds) can add another layer of diversification to your overall portfolio.
Generally, we suggest that you choose international investments for about 30% of the bond portion and 40% of the stock portion of your portfolio.
Get broad exposure to international markets
Vanguard Total International Bond ETF holds more than 4,500 non-U.S. bonds.
Vanguard Total International Stock ETF holds more than 6,000 non-U.S. stocks.
You can use just a few ETFs to invest overseas. Each of these ETFs gives you access to a wide variety of international bonds or stocks in a single, diversified investment.
How to choose an international ETF
There are a few ways you can invest in foreign markets:
- International ETFs invest only in foreign markets, excluding the United States.
- Global or world ETFs provide exposure to both foreign and U.S. markets.
- Regional ETFs invest primarily in a specific part of the world, like Europe or the Pacific region.
- Developed markets ETFs focus on foreign countries with proven economies, like Japan, France, and the United Kingdom.
- Emerging markets ETFs combine investments in countries that are considered to have "developing" economies, like India, Brazil, and China.
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A strategy intended to lower your chances of losing money on your investments.
Diversification can be achieved in many ways, including spreading your investments across:
- Multiple asset classes, by buying a combination of cash, bonds, and stocks.
- Multiple holdings, by buying many bonds and stocks (which you can do through a single ETF) instead of just one or a few.
- Multiple geographic regions, by buying a combination of U.S. and international investments.
Are you part of the growing community of investors who want to invest in companies with strong environmental, social, and governance (ESG) track records?
We offer two ESG-screened ETFs that can help you do just that.
For broad exposure to international companies that meet certain ESG criteria, consider this ETF, which invests in thousands of stocks covering nearly 70% of the international stock market:
If you're looking for broad exposure to ESG-screened companies in the U.S., consider this ETF, which invests in thousands of stocks covering more than 80% of the U.S. stock market: