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  • A Safer Avenue to Emerging Markets

    08-18-2016 10:33 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds are scorching hot this year. So are ETFs dedicated to the low volatility factor. Fortunately, investors that still view emerging markets equities as a highly volatile asset class can marry developing world exposure with the low vo...

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  • ETFs to Smooth Out a Volatile Ride

    04-03-2016 07:00 AM by Max Chen

    Slow and steady wins the race. Investors seeking an exchange traded fund strategy that can produce attractive risk-adjusted returns over the long haul should take a look at the low-volatility theme. "Imagine a race between a speedy, boastful hare and a steady, quiet tortoise,"...

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  • A Look at Low-Volatility ETF Strategies

    02-02-2016 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the equities markets experiencing one of their worst stumbles in years, exchange traded fund investors may turn to low-volatility strategies that could help hedge the risks and diminish a portfolio's swings. "Low volatility is one of the few factors that have historically...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs Attract as Markets Tumble

    01-08-2016 05:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With markets experiencing wider oscillations, low-volatility exchange traded funds are outperforming traditional broad equity market bets. As witnessed this week, international events may still trigger market volatility, notably the recent sell-off in Chinese markets. The CBOE...

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  • International ETF Strategy to Balance Risk & Opportunity

    01-07-2016 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors seeking to expand their portfolios beyond U.S. markets may look to international exchange traded funds. When deciding to allocate toward overseas markets, investors can look to the FTSE Global All Cap Index as a guide. Alex Bryan, an analyst covering equity strategie...

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  • The Rise of Low Volatility ETFs

    12-04-2015 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    A tumultuous year for the equities market has pushed more investors into low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies that try to diminish the swings. The BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) iShares minimum volatility suite has attracted $7 billion in net inflows this year and now hold ab...

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  • ETF Asset Category With Killer Valuations

    10-27-2015 06:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite risks in some of the more volatile regions of the global markets, investors may want to position for further strength in emerging market exchange traded funds. Technical indicators indicate that positioning in emerging markets has turned more positive, according to a D...

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  • How To Approach A Volatile Global Marketplace

    10-16-2015 04:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    Without a definitive monetary tightening plan from the Federal Reserve, we could be in for increased financial market volatility. Nevertheless, investors can still gain exposure to the upward moves in equities and limit the swings through low-volatility exchange traded fund strat...

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  • Trimming Volatility With Emerging Markets ETFs

    10-08-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging markets exchange traded funds have not inspired much confidence among investors this year, leaving market participants to search for less bad instead of truly exceptional. One way of accessing less bad among emerging markets ETFs is to take the reduced volatility appr...

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  • Slow And Steady: ETF Strategies for a Volatile Market

    09-30-2015 04:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    We have been sitting through some wild market swings. However, investors can help dampen portfolio gyrations with low-volatility exchange traded funds strategies. "We believe the combination of slower global growth, uncertainty as to the Feds future path and less benign credit...

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  • ETFs to Track Markets in a Volatile Environment

    09-10-2015 03:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets have experienced a spike in volatility and some believe we are in for more wild swings ahead. Investors, though, can utilize low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies to ride out the any further bumps in the equities market. Volatility is the new norm for fina...

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  • ETFs to Play the Market During More Volatile Conditions

    07-13-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the sudden bout of volatility shaking up the markets from its listless first half, more conservative investors may consider exchange traded funds that track a low-volatility strategy. Market watchers argue that investors should get use to stock volatility as it is here to...

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  • International ETFs Stoke $18.3B in May Inflows

    06-02-2015 02:37 PM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds continued their breakneck pace of asset gathering in May, adding $18.3 billion in new capital as investors shuffled into international funds. Global ETP flows of $18.3bn were concentrated in developed market EAFE equities and Japan funds. Europe and U.S. ...

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  • Returning to Emerging Markets ETFs

    05-22-2015 01:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    As recently as the first quarter, investors were scurrying out of emerging markets exchange traded funds, pulling $1 billion from ETFs tracking stocks in developing economies. That after two emerging markets ETFs the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) and the Wisd...

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  • ETF Options to Diversify into the Emerging Markets

    05-22-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors seeking to spice up their investment portfolios should consider adding in an emerging market exchange traded fund into the mix after the area largely underperformed developed countries over the past few years. "On a reversion-to-the-mean basis, emerging-markets equit...

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  • A Favored Approach to Emerging Markets ETFs

    05-18-2015 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    One of 2015s more prominent exchange traded funds trades has been the resurgence of emerging markets funds. Year-to-date, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets ETFs by ...

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  • ETFs Tracking MSCI Indexes see Assets Swell to $418 Billion

    05-11-2015 12:08 PM by Todd Shriber

    MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) continues bolstering its status as one of the premier providers of indexes for use by exchange traded providers as combined assets under management for ETFs benchmarking to MSCI indexes jumped 12% to a record $418 billion in the first quarter. Share of MSCI a...

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  • iShares Minimum Volatility ETFs top $10 Billion in Assets

    02-09-2015 01:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Amid turbulent market conditions to start 2015, investors have favored low and minimum volatility exchange traded funds for equity allocations and that has been a boon for the major issues of these ETFs. On Monday, BlackRocks (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the worlds largest issuer...

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  • Shrinkage for a Popular Emerging Markets ETF

    01-26-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    For years, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) was the most widely recognized and largest emerging markets exchange traded fund. Home to $32.2 billion in assets under management, EEM is still one of the largest ETFs on the market and it is the second-largest ...

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  • ETFs to Capture the Low-Volatility Anomaly

    11-06-2014 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Much to the active investor's chagrin, the least risky stocks on the market tend to outperform riskier picks. Consequently, investors may be better off sticking to a low-volatility index-based exchange traded fund. From 1970 to 2011, fund manager GMO found that the top 25% of ...

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  • Minimum Volatility ETFs Strut Their Stuff in October

    10-23-2014 02:36 PM by Todd Shriber

    Even with a five-day winning streak for U.S. stocks, October has lived up to its reputation as one of the most volatile months of the year. That much is proven by the S&P 500 entering Thursday with a 1% loss for the month and needing todays epic gains to turn positive for Oct...

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  • The Advantages of Steady Low Volatility ETFs

    09-25-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While low-volatility exchange traded funds may not outperform in a strong bull rally over the short-term, the strategy's ability to hedge downside risk may be worth it over the long run. "If you have a client who when the market is up 30% one year and you're only up 20% and th...

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  • Tom Lydon on FOX Business

    06-12-2014 04:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Tom Lydon appeared on FOX Business Thursday to discuss opportunities with emerging markets exchange traded funds, including the advantages of dividend-based and low volatility strategies found in ETFs such as the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DEM) and ...

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  • iShares Introduces Three New Global Low Vol ETFs

    06-05-2014 11:41 AM by Tom Lydon

    BlackRocks (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the worlds largest issuer of exchange traded funds, today added to its lineup of low volatility ETFs with the introduction of three global funds. The new ETFs are the iShares MSCI Europe Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: EUMV), the iShares ...

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  • iShares to Boost Global Low Vol ETF Lineup

    06-04-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    BlackRocks (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the worlds largest issuer of exchange traded funds, will add to its lineup of low volatility ETFs Thursday with the introduction of three new funds. All three new ETFs will trade on the New York Stock Exchange. The new ETFs are the iShares ...

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  • Low Vol Approach Working in EM ETFs

    05-28-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Investors that have a once bitten twice shy view of emerging markets exchange traded funds still have reasons to consider developing economies. Recent strength in the emerging markets complex confirms as much. Over the past 90 days, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE...

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  • A Defensive ETF Approach to Emerging Markets

    04-16-2014 02:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors who want exposure to emerging markets while avoiding elevated volatility can evaluate low-volatility exchange traded fund options. For example, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: EEMV) and PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Vola...

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  • Get Defensive with Low Volatility ETFs

    04-13-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In an attempt to mitigate market swings, investors can take a look at exchange traded funds that focus on low-volatility stocks, but don't expect these to strategies to outperform the broader markets during bull runs. The two largest low-volatility ETFs, the PowerShares S&...

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  • The Other Side of Volatility ETFs

    02-19-2014 01:53 PM by Todd Shriber

    When it comes to equity-based volatility exchange traded funds, it is the "low vol" variety that command most of the attention and assets. The PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) and the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV) hav...

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  • EM Rout Puts New Breed of ETFs in the Spotlight

    02-14-2014 01:46 PM by Todd Shriber

    It probably will not be remembered as fondly as the March 9, 2009 market bottom, but for now, Feb. 3 stands as this years bottom for emerging markets exchange traded funds. Since that day, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Mar...

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  • Another Sticking Point for the South Africa ETF

    01-27-2014 02:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) is off another 1.4% Monday on volume that is nearly 50% above the daily average at this writing. Mondays tumble is more than enough to extend EZAs woes. Those woes have EZA sitting as not only one of the worst emerging markets ...

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  • These EM ETFs Could Shine in 2014

    12-24-2013 11:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    One takeaway from this years emerging markets sell-off is that investors need to be ultra-selective when evaluating exchange traded funds that hold developing world equities. Following the second-quarter spike in Treasury yields that exposed emerging markets saddled with heavy...

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  • Some Global Low Vol ETFs Worked in 2013

    12-23-2013 07:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    With last weeks surge, the S&P 500 is now higher by 30.1% this year. Not surprisingly, low volatility exchange traded funds have not been able to keep pace. The average 2013 gain for the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) and the iShares MSCI...

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  • Low Vol ETFs Take Their Lumps

    12-16-2013 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As U.S. stocks have soared in 2013, one of last years most popular trends in the exchange traded funds world has taken some lumps. Low volatility ETFs, though not surprisingly, have lagged the S&P 500. While the S&P 500 is up almost 27% year-to-date, the PowerShares S&...

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  • Value Factors and Emerging Markets ETFs

    12-13-2013 01:57 PM by Todd Shriber

    The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets ETFs by assets, are down an average of 7.1% this year. In another sign that intelligent indexing can work for ETF investors, those...

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  • BlackRock: Three Ways to Invest in Emerging Markets Now

    11-27-2013 08:15 AM by Dodd Kittsley -- iShares

    Emerging market equity ETFs have had outflows of $4.3 billion for the month of November so far. Outflows total $9.4 billion year-to-date. What were seeing here is that investors are very concerned about a potential tapering by the Federal Reserve in the near term. As a result...

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  • Winning: High Beta ETFs

    11-27-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors still like low volatility exchange traded funds. Combine inflows of about $1.52 billion this year to the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV) and the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) say as much. It is also hard to...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs Remain Popular with Risk-Averse Investors

    05-24-2013 07:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    High-risk, high-return equities have been on a hot streak, outpacing the big, boring dividend payers in the current market rally. However, looking at risk-adjusted returns, low-volatility stock exchange traded funds could outperform in the long run. "In nearly every market stu...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs for Emerging Markets

    04-14-2013 07:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    Emerging market equities have been underperforming developed economies this year, but low-volatility ETFs have been holding up better in this notoriously risky asset class. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) is down 5.1% year-to-date, whereas the S&P 500...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs for Emerging Markets

    03-24-2013 06:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Low-volatility ETFs have been a hit with investors and could make even more sense for emerging markets, which are known for their higher risk and jarring price swings. With the growing interest for managing risk, investors may consider low-volatility emerging market strategies...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs Still Hot Despite Collapsing VIX

    03-13-2013 06:32 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are still battle-scarred from suffering through two brutal market pullbacks since 2000. They can't seem to shake off the dot-com bust and subprime meltdown despite SDPR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) breaking out to record highs. That's a big reason...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs are Raking In Cash

    03-04-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track stocks with low volatility have been a popular holding during these turbulent times, with iShares recently announcing that its line of minimum volatility ETFs gathered over $4 billion in assets. The iShares suite of low-volatility ETFs cover br...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs for Emerging Markets

    02-13-2013 02:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Low-volatility emerging market exchange traded funds have caught investors' attention as a way to get exposure to this notoriously capricious asset class. Specific country allocation is important when considering these funds, since the ETF portfolios can look different dependi...

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  • Where to Find Yield in ETFs with Less Risk

    01-23-2013 06:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many investors are scrambling for yield in a low-rate market for bonds and the Federal Reserve seems committed to keeping it that way. There are ETFs that can provide exposure to income-generating sectors with low costs and liquidity. However, investors just need to be careful...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs: Small and Mid-Cap Funds on Tap

    01-08-2013 08:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    Adding onto the growing interest for low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies, Invesco PowerShares is planning two more low-volatility products that slice into the U.S. equity market. According to a recent SEC filing, PowerShares is working on the PowerShares S&P 400...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs for an Uncertain Outlook

    12-12-2012 08:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dealing with uncertainty is just part of the game when it comes to investing. Nothing is ever clear when it comes to the future. However, the looming fiscal cliff deadline really has investors on edge. Investors who are skeptical a deal can be reached between the Obama Adminis...

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  • Low-Volatility and Dividend ETFs for Yield

    11-02-2012 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A lot of people are stuck in their traditional stock and bond asset split, but with exchange traded fund products, investors can diversify and expand on traditional allocations to augment their current income. Low-volatility and dividend ETFs are attractive options for yield. ...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs Help Limit Downside Risk

    10-24-2012 09:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    The market has seen some big swings in recent days and volatility could ratchet higher in the coming weeks as the U.S. Presidential election is around the corner and the fiscal cliff is on investors' minds. As third-quarter earnings reports have been dull, investors should consid...

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  • Two Low-Volatility ETFs for Emerging Markets

    10-21-2012 07:16 AM by Tom Lydon

    With much of the developed world still eking out paltry growth rates, developing economies look like attractive investment opportunities. While there are those that may be turned away by the riskier nature of the emerging markets, investors can consider low-volatility exchange tr...

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  • State Street Planning Actively Managed Low-Volatility ETFs

    09-26-2012 05:53 AM by Tom Lydon

    Low-volatility exchange traded funds have garnered a lot of attention after investors were burned by the wild market swings in recent years. Joining in on the party, State Street Global Advisors plans to launch its own set of actively managed, low-volatility ETFs. According to...

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  • Some Overlooked Low-Volatility ETFs

    08-22-2012 07:24 AM by Tom Lydon

    Low-volatility exchange traded funds offer investors the opportunity to track securities that mitigate the potential swings that would eat away returns during quick market corrections. While one low-volatility fund has attracted the lion's share of assets in this sub-segment, inv...

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  • An Overview of Low-Volatility ETFs

    08-06-2012 08:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    Low-volatility exchange traded funds have given investors good risk-adjusted returns over the past year. Some investors are using these ETFs as core holdings, but it's important to understand how they work and the differences between the competing products. "Why have low-volat...

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  • Using Low-Volatility ETFs to Endure Market Swings

    08-01-2012 02:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Tired of the market's twists and turns on lingering debt concerns, investors are looking to low-volatility exchange traded funds that promise to provide stable returns, even over periods of wild market swings. Wednesday's market provides a good example of the volatility that i...

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  • Low-Volatility ETFs to Protect Against Market Gyrations

    05-02-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the wild market oscillations in 2011, many investors have become guarded in their equities allocations. Meanwhile, exchange traded funds that track the "low volatility" theme have made their way into the markets, providing investors a more cautious position to global stocks...

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  • ETF Performance: A Selective Approach to Emerging Markets

    04-19-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Since the October 2011 lows, emerging market equities and stock exchange traded funds have made significant gains, but some areas are beginning to taper off. It may be time to selectively pick performing countries and cut out the rest. "Despite emerging markets strong recent p...

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  • Best Emerging Market ETFs

    02-22-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With global growth, copious liquidity and low interest rates spurring riskier investment strategies, emerging market equities and exchange traded funds have been among the most attractive assets this year. "The main argument for investing in international equities is for diver...

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  • BlackRock Lists Four Low-Volatility ETFs

    10-21-2011 08:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund providers are introducing more ETFs designed for conservative investors who want to limit volatility in their portfolios. BlackRock's iShares this week listed four low-volatility ETFs. "The new funds can help provide a portfolio with downside protection w...

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