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, investors have various ETF options at their disposal.

When investors consider a low-volatility ETF pick, most would turn to the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: SPLV), the largest fund in this category with $2.4 billion in assets under management. The ETF has a 0.25% expense ratio and a 2.94% yield. [Using Low-Volatility ETFs to Endure Market Swings]

SPLV follows 100 stocks from the S&P 500 that have exhibited the lowest realized volatility in the past year. Sector allocations include consumer discretionary 5.6%, consumer staples 30.9%, enegy 1.7%, financials 1.6%, health care 14.0%, industrials 3.7%, information technology 5.2%, materials 3.3%, telecom services 4.7% and utilities 29.3%. [Slow and Steady: Investors Favoring Dividend, Low-Volatility ETFs]

Investors, though, may consider other low-volatility ETF options available, including those that offer international market exposure:

EGShares Low Volatility Emerging Markets Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: HILO) tracks the Indxx Low Volatility Emerging Markets Dividend Index, providing high income along with less volatility, compared to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. HILO has a 0.85% expense ratio and a 5.38% yield.

It limits positions to 5% each and country exposure to a maximum 5 securities. Country allocations include Brazil 18.3%, South Africa 14.6%, China 11.1%, Malaysia 10.4%, Thailand 8.7%, Poland 5.3%, Russia 5.2%, Philippines 5.2%, Hungary 5.1% and India 4.8%. Sector allocations include Telecom 34.5%, utilities 17.2%, industrials 15.3%, consumer goods 12.7% consumer services 5.8%, financials 5.6% and oil & gas 4.8%.

iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: ACWV) follows emerging and developed equities that have lower absolute volatility. ACWV has a 0.35% expense ratio and a 3.87% 30-day SEC yield.

Country allocations include U.S. 53.1%, Japan 12.9%, Canada 6.7%, Switzerland 5.0%, Taiwan 4.0%, Hong Kong 3.4%, U.K. 3.4%, China 2.1%, Singapore 1.9% and Malaysia 1.4%. Sector allocations include consumer staples 15.3%, health care 14.3%, financials 13.8%, consumer discretionary 11.3%, telecom 9.5%, utilities 8.5%, information tech 7.7%, industrials 7.7%, energy 6.9% and materials 4.2%.

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: EEMV) provides exposure to global emerging market equities that show lower absolute volatility. EEMV has a 0.25% expense ratio and a 2.48% 30-day SEC yield.

Country allocations include: Taiwan 15.6%, China 12.3%, South Korea 10.2%, Malaysia 8.6%, South Africa 8.4%, Brazil 8.2%, Thailand 6.6%, Chile 6.0%, Indonesia 5.5% and Colombia 3.8%. Sector allocations include: financials 24.8%, telecom 13.5%, consumer staples 13.3%, information tech 8.7%, utilities 8.4%, energy 8.0%, materials 7.1%, industrials 5.5%, health care 5.4% and consumer discretionary 4.8%.

iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: EFAV) tracks Europe, Australasia, the Middle East and Far East, or EAFE countries, stocks that show lower absolute volatility. EFAV has a 0.20% expense ratio and a 6.88% 30-day SEC yield.

Country allocations include U.K. 28.2%, Japan 27.1%, Switzerland 11.6%, Hong Kong 8.2%, Singapore 5.7%, France 4.1%, Australia 3.9%, Germany 2.9%, Netherlands 1.7% and Israel 1.5%. Sector allocations include financials 17.4%, consumer staples 17.1%, health care 13.9%, industrials 12.2%, telecom services 10.6%, consumer discretionary 9.0%, utilities 8.9%, materials 4.7%, energy 3.5% information tech 2.3%.

iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: USMV) follows the top 85% U.S. equity securities by market-cap that show lower absolute volatility. USMV has a 0.15% expense ratio and a 2.48% 30-day SEC yield.

Sector allocations include health care 16.3%, consumer staples 15.7%, information tech 14.7%, consumer discretionary 10.8%, financials 9.6%, utilities 8.3%, energy 8.0%, telecom services 7.0%, industrials 6.0% and materials 3.5%.

PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: EELV) provides access to the 200 least volatile stocks of the S&P Merging BMI Plus LargeMid Cap Index. EELV has a 0.29% expense ratio and a 2.54% 30-day SEC yield.

Country allocations include Malaysia 26.1%, South Africa 21.2%, Taiwan 11.2%, Brazil 6.9%, Chile 6.3%, Colombia 5.8%, South Korea 4.0%, Mexico 4.0%, Philippines 3.1% and Thailand 2.9%. Sector allocations include consumer discretionary 7.9%, consumer staples 16.1%, energy 3.1%, financials 26.4%, health care 3.4%, industrials 8.7%, info tech 1.7%, investment companies 1.0%, materials 7.8%, telecom services 11.6% and utilities 12.3%.

PowerShares S&P International Developed Low Volatility (NYSEArca: IDLV) tracks the 200 least volatile stocks of the S&P Developed ex-U.S. and South Korea LargeMid Cap BMI Index. IDLV has a 0.25% expense ratio and a 3.01% 30-day SEC yield.

Country allocations include Japan 43.2%, Canada 16.8%, Singapore 8.5%, New Zealand 7.4%, U.K. 7.0%, Australia 6.9%, Hong Kong 3.3%, Switzerland 2.5%, Netherlands 1.0% and Belgium 0.9%. Sector allocations include consumer discretionary 11.6%, consumer staples 19.9%, energy 1.9%, financials 20.0%, health care 10.8%, industrials 18.3%, materials 0.4%, telecom services 7.7% and utilities 9.4%.

For more information on low volatility funds, visit our low-volatility category.

Max Chen contributed to this article.

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