Vanguard international bond and stock ETFs
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.
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.
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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For more information about Vanguard mutual funds and ETFs, visit Vanguard mutual fund prospectuses or Vanguard ETF prospectuses to obtain a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are contained in the prospectus; read and consider it carefully before investing.
You must buy and sell Vanguard ETF Shares through Vanguard Brokerage Services (we offer them commission-free) or through another broker (which may charge commissions). See the Vanguard Brokerage Services commission and fee schedules for full details. Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable directly with the issuing fund other than in very large aggregations worth millions of dollars. ETFs are subject to market volatility. When buying or selling an ETF, you will pay or receive the current market price, which may be more or less than net asset value.
All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.
Investments in stocks and bonds issued by non-U.S. companies are subject to risks including country/regional risk, which is the chance that political upheaval, financial troubles, or natural disasters will adversely affect the value of securities issued by companies in foreign countries or regions; and currency risk, which is the chance that the value of a foreign investment, measured in U.S. dollars, will decrease because of unfavorable changes in currency exchange rates. These risks are especially high in emerging markets.
ESG funds are subject to ESG investment risk, which is the chance that the stocks screened by the index sponsor for ESG criteria generally will underperform the stock market as a whole or that the particular stocks selected will, in the aggregate, trail returns of other funds screened for ESG criteria.