Using ETFs to Control Volatility in International Investments

Many may be wary of overseas risks, but more are looking toward global assets to diversify away form an extended bull run at home. Through an active international exchange traded fund strategy, investors can also limit risks while gaining exposure to the growth potential of foreign economies.

ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Nick Elward, SVP, Head of Business Development and ETFs at Natixis Global Asset Management, at the Inside ETFs conference that ran Jan. 22-25, 2017 to talk international investments and managing volatility.

“In 2017, we could see advisors reallocating portfolios into more international stocks, and maybe away from U.S.,” Elward said.

U.S. equity markets are on their ninth year bull run, with the recent surge toward record highs in the wake of Donald Trump’s election win as many anticipate the new administration could enact tax cuts, deregulation and fiscal spending to stimulate the economy. Consequently, more are growing concerned that U.S. markets may be saturated and potentially too expensive.

“On the international side, we are excited about the opportunity for us investors to invest outside the U.S.,” Elward said. “Not that they haven’t always been doing that, but in 2016, we saw U.S. markets really rally, especially after the Trump victory in November, and we think international markets trail behind.”

ETF investors interested in international markets may turn to the recently launched Natixis Seeyond International Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: MVIN).