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VSS: Vanguard's FTSE All-World Ex-US Small-Cap ETF Provides Exposure To Stocks Most Investors Miss


  • International Mid/Small-Cap stocks market value is 6% of the total world's equity market, but US investors' allocation is just 1.6% in mutual funds to this asset class.
  • Since 1995, Small-Cap stocks are the best performers of the seven International classifications available on PortfolioVisualizer.
  • History shows smaller stocks do well post-recession and international ones when the dollar is falling, so I am giving VSS a Bullish rating.
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US investors are underweight international stocks, even more so in the Small-Cap part of the market. So while the following chart shows that has been a wise investment decision since 1995, current valuation statistics and a weakening USD has me rating the

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