Small caps won't always outperform but small-cap index investing is something investors should consider, says Craig Lazzara of S&P Dow Jones Indices.
The so-so performance of the EAFE Index stems from its regional allocations and focus on large-caps.
Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation focuses on profitable firms that have consistently increased their dividend payments.
Bronze-rated Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation Index screens for stocks with consistent long-term dividend growth.
There is even more risk in emerging-markets stocks beyond currency fluctuations and local economic policies.
WisdomTree International Hedged Quality Dividend Growth Fund invests in dividend paying stocks and screens for quality.
IShares MSCI Japan ETF is one of the best-diversified funds in the category, but performance has been lacking.
Market-cap weighting is often a good choice for indexing, but in some markets it may compromise diversification.
Silver-rated Schwab International Index is among the best diversified portfolios in its category.
Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF is one of the cheapest and best-diversified funds in the category, but performance has been middling.
The different methodologies used by value funds can affect their style tilt and performance.