This iShares’ ETF has appeal, but investors don't have to go much further afield to find more-compelling options.
There are broader, cheaper options than this 2000-era world-stock ETF.
As consumer spending slows, investors should focus on companies that enjoy strong brand intangible assets or sustainable cost advantages.
There is far more variety now, but new doesn’t necessarily mean better.
If investors can get past valuations in the consumer staples sector, there are a raft of low-cost ETF options offering access to the space.
Readers say diversification and exposure to good companies call for looking beyond the U.S.
As rates have risen, some higher-yielding stocks within consumer staples, such as Nestle, and within utilities have begun to look more attractive, says 2012 Morningstar Allocation Fund Manager of the Year David Giroux.
Amid the current challenging environment for defensive names, we see several opportunities for long-term investment in wide-moat companies at reasonable discounts.
BBH Global Core Select manager Tim Hartch avoids currency hedging so he can eliminate complexities in managing the portfolio and maintain a focus on stable underlying businesses.
Strong brands and cost advantages are key in the current global consumer spending environment.