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Vanguard international bond & stock ETFs

Give your money a passport to overseas markets.

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.

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.