Value ETFs Could Provide Insulation From Volatility

Amid a volatile October for U.S. stocks, investors are considering ways to skirt that volatility. Value stocks and the related ETFs could be valid ideas for those looking to avoid additional market turbulence.

Conventional wisdom dictates that, over the long-term, value stocks outperform. Well, the length of the current bull market in U.S. stocks qualifies as “long-term,” and for much of this move higher, value stocks have been trailing their growth counterparts.

Popular value ETFs include the iShares MSCI USA Value Factor ETF (Cboe: VLUE). VLUE “seeks to track the performance of an index that measures the performance of U.S. large- and mid-capitalization stocks with value characteristics and relatively lower valuations, before fees and expenses,” according to iShares.

“Value stocks are favored for their low valuations with an emphasis on consistent earnings and high dividend yields. The opposite approach, growth investing, focuses on future potential, and investors often pay a high premium to the rest of the market,” reports CNBC.

Another popular value ETF is the iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEArca: IVE). IVE tracks the S&P 500 Value Index.