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  1. A Compelling Option for International Small-Cap Exposure

    This ETF's diversified portfolio and rock-bottom fee make it stand out.

  2. Indexing in Less-Efficient Markets

    The case for index investing rests on the index fund's cost advantage and how representative it is of its actively managed peers, not market efficiency.

  3. International Small-Cap Funds Offer Better Diversification

    And they do so without more risk, relative to international large-cap funds.

  4. The Cheapest Fund for All-Cap, Developed-, and Emerging-Markets Exposure

    Vanguard uses this fund in its target-date and LifeStrategy funds.

  5. 3 ETF Options for International Small-Cap Exposure

    Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap provides exposure to both developed- and emerging-markets small caps, while WisdomTree offers a dividend-focused ETF and a currency-hedged ETF.

  6. Passive vs. Active: Debating International Small Caps

    Passively managed funds are a viable option thanks to low fees.

  7. Vanguard Announces Lower Expense Ratios for 5 International-Stock ETFs

    The largest fund affected is Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF, whose fee is falling by 17%.

  8. Thinking About Adding to Your International-Equity Allocation?

    Although a cap-weighted strategy is low-cost, it does make large bets in risky areas.

  9. How Do You Approach Emerging Markets?

    Some readers carve out specialized emerging-markets stakes, while others are content with the indirect route.

  10. What Are Investors Putting in Their IRAs?

    Foreign-stock funds and dividend-payers are top destinations for new IRA contributions.

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