Importantly, DBES is heavily allocated to markets that are viewed as having compelling valuations relative to the U.S. For example, Japan accounts for over 30% of the ETF’s weight while DBES also features significant exposure to rebounding Eurozone economies.

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DBES is conservatively positioned at the geographic level and in the ETF’s just over two years on the market, its volatility traits compare favorably with those found on U.S. small-cap benchmarks.

With earnings growth improving in ex-US developed markets, the time could be right for investors to favor cyclical sectors. DBES obliges on that front with an almost 23% weight to industrial stocks. Cyclical consumer discretionary and technology names combined for almost 28% of the ETF’s roster.

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