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ISCF Might Be The Best Way To Invest Internationally

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  • The US stock market is expensive, and forward returns are not exciting.
  • International markets may offer more value.
  • ISCF, through its Size, Value, Quality, and Momentum factor tilts, may be the best place to park some of one's international stock allocation.
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Investment Thesis

The US stock market is aggressively valued. It seems unlikely that an investor buying the blanket S&P 500 basket today is going to be particularly thrilled with that decision over the coming 5-10 years. Certain international markets may offer more

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Comments (4)

KGold53 profile picture
Thanks for making me aware of this. I suggest you also take a look at AVDV, which is also a unique international small cap value ETF. AUM is over $700 million, expense ratio is 0.36%, and it has an active component that screens for profitability. P/E multiple is in the low double digits! It has also outperformed ISCF since its 2019 inception. Take a look, and let us know what you think!
@KGold53 - I agree, AVDV looks good for intl smallcap with a value + profitability factor focus. Reasonably priced and asset base size has blown well past ISCF - which ISCF is still lightly traded.
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@Kenster1 Thanks for replying to my year-old comment! 😉

I still own AVDV, but it is no longer unique. Dimensional Funds recently launched an international small cap value ETF of their own… us.dimensional.com/...

DISV only has AUM of $56 million compared to AVDV’s $1.6 billion. And with an expense ratio of 0.42% versus 0.36%. So I won’t be buying it, but it will be nice to watch and compare the performance of the two ETFs down the road.
I'm a major fore stander of using ISCF. After extensively looking over different indexes from MSCI, this is one of the best. What I like is that MSCI makes that data freely available, so you can see how ISCF's index beats SCZs (and HSCZs) since the early 2000s. I have paired this one with IMFL and FXPI for some good exposure to international stocks. I would suggest others consider doing likewise. Thanks!
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