The markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been looking like they are on the mend. There are investors out here, however, who are skeptical that this rally has legs. Where do they go?

ETF investing has become a popular way of getting into the market with less risk than a single stock, especially when times are still uncertain. Fear not – there are ways for skeptics to invest with a “recession-proof,” or defensive, strategy by looking at certain industries.

The Motley Fool suggests that a global approach can be a wise approach, since two-thirds of the global market cap resides outside the United States. Foreign companies and markets are still affected by the U.S. economy, however, the diversification a global investment brings can buffer the losses.

  • iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA): up 15.9% year-to-date

EFA has more than 2,000 holdings, and companies span the globe, ensuring maximum diversification.